John AyersBasketballMatthew C. Perry, Japan
Last week - Averaged 25 points in two games, both victories, as the Samurai (11-5) continued their rebound from an 0-3 start, winning for the 11th time in 13 games and improving to 5-4, fourth place in DODDS Japan.
Ayers, a senior, scored 26 points as the Samurai went up by 22 points at halftime, then held off a tenacious Zama American rally for a 55-52 victory on Friday at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni’s Ironworks Gym. On Saturday, Ayers had 24 and the Samurai outscored the Trojans 16-9 in the third quarter, then hung on to win, 50-48.
“John is a very coachable young man, always listening and trying to succeed above 100 percent,” coach DeWayne Pigge’ said. “He possesses many qualities and personality traits that definitely place him well ahead of his peers on and off the court.”
Trinity DavisBasketballYokota, Japan
Last week - Averaged 18 points in two games as the Panthers (Japan-best 9-4) swept a pair of games Saturday at Robert D. Edgren, propelling Yokota to a 6-0 mark and first place in the DODDS Japan standings.
Davis, a freshman, scored 18 points each in games played six hours apart in the Eagles Nest. Yokota outscored Edgren 22-7 in the first quarter and won the first game 63-31, then outpointed the Eagles 23-12 in the third period of a 54-34 win in the nightcap.
“Trinity is first and foremost an excellent student,” coach Paul Ettl said. “She is a sincere young lady who is devoted to her family and her team. At this point in the season, she is our most improved player.”