Pacific athletes of the week for the December 10 edition
Nile C. Kinnick
Last week: Averaged a double-double as the Red Devils won all three games they played and improved to 6-0, their best start in five years. Adair, a junior, had 10 points and 10 rebounds as Kinnick held off American School In Japan 77-72 on Wednesday. He then had 12 points and 11 rebounds, including seven in overtime, five at the foul line, in the Devils’ 67-63 overtime victory Friday over Robert D. Edgren, and 10 points and 14 rebounds as Kinnick routed Matthew C. Perry 57-33.
“Josh is the kind of kid a coach dreams about: He’s intelligent, never quits, can play all five positions and, most importantly, is totally unselfish,” his coach and father Mike Adair said. “He could easily get 15 to 20 points a game at guard, but he understands his team lacks the height it’s had in past years and plays the forward-center position with a vengeance.”
Liz GleavesBasketballSeoul American
Last week: Averaged double figures in scoring and led the team in assists and steals as the Falcons won three Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference games, all on the road, to improve to 4-0.
Gleaves, a junior, had nine points, six steals and four assists in the Falcons’ 50-16 victory at Seoul Foreign on Wednesday. In Friday’s 56-18 victory at Taejon Christian International, she added 14 points, seven assists and seven steals, then 18 points, eight steals and eight assists in Saturday’s 56-25 victory at Daegu American.
“The sky is the limit for her,” coach Billy Ratcliff said. “She’s tremendous. Incredible athleticism. Having a year in my system, she’s used to what I’m expecting, the role I want her to play. She’s so unselfish. She could score more, but she sees herself as a playmaker.”
Selected by Stars and Stripes staff