Willie BrownBasketball

Seoul American High School

Last week: Was named MVP and helped pace the Falcons to their first championship in the Hong Kong International School Holiday Basketball Tournament.

Brown, a junior point guard, directed the Falcons to a come-from-behind 68-66 victory in Saturday’s championship game over Kubasaki. Seoul American went 5-1 in the 16-team, three-day tournament.

“His play at point guard depicts leadership and team responsibility with regard to running our fast break and half-court offense,” coach Steve Boyd said of Brown, adding that he can play all five positions on the court. “He leads by example. He’s a team player. He is coachable and wants to learn ‘how’ to play the game. And with every game, he gets better.”

Brooke HudsonBasketball

Kadena High School

Last week: Hit several clutch baskets that were responsible for two come-from-behind victories that helped the Panthers capture their second championship in five years in the Hong Kong International School Holiday Basketball Tournament.

Hudson, a senior, netted back-to-back three-pointers as Kadena rallied from a seven-point deficit with less than a minute left to edge Singapore American 47-46 on Thursday. Hudson’s three-pointer and foul shot broke open the championship game, in which Kadena downed Seoul American 47-40 on Saturday and finished the tournament 5-1.

“They were big,” Hudson’s coach and father, Ken, said of the three-pointers. “When you have people who can shoot outside, (the opposing defense) can’t collapse down low inside any more, so you can work the ball inside and out. That was really key for us.”

— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff

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