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Willie BrownBasketball

Seoul American

Last week: Earned Most Valuable Player honors for the second straight year as the Falcons repeated as champions of the Hong Kong International School Holiday Basketball Tournament.

Brown, a senior, averaged 19 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 4.4 assists as the Falcons went 6-0, overpowering Kadena of Okinawa 87-57 in Saturday’s final, a rematch of the Class AA title game in February. Brown earned MVP honors in the Class AA tournament as well.

"He has matured a lot over the last couple of years," coach Steve Boyd said. "He has improved in the classroom, his overall attitude, every game he comes in with his game face on. He’s very serious about basketball and it’s made a lot of difference."

Liz GleavesBasketball

Seoul American

Last week: Led a short-handed Falcons squad to third place, the highest finish by the three DODDS-Pacific girls teams participating in the 39th Hong Kong International School Holiday Basketball Tournament.

Gleaves, a sophomore, averaged 16 points, 14 rebounds and eight steals in the Falcons’ six games. The Falcons took third place by avenging February’s Class AA title game loss at Kadena, beating the Panthers 52-48 with primarily bench players on the floor for first-year coach Billy Ratcliff.

Gleaves’ performance was an example of "uncanny leadership for a sophomore demonstrated during the tournament, including unbelievable stamina," Ratcliff said. "Because of lack of depth, she rarely left the court."

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