Paul FloydBasketballGuam High
Last week — Averaged 23.5 points and 13.5 rebounds as the Panthers, third in last year’s league playoffs and second the year before, broke out of the gate with two wins in their first two Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam games on Friday and Saturday.
Floyd, a senior whom coach Joe Taitano describes as “10 times better than he was last year,” had 25 points and 14 rebounds as Guam High beat Southern, 82-46, on Friday in a rematch of last season’s third-place game. On Saturday at George Washington, Floyd had 22 points and 13 boards in a 51-48 win.
“Paul is an extraordinary student-athlete and is well-liked by many,” Taitano said. “Paul excels above and beyond any coach’s expectations. He is very coachable and has the propensity to maximize his potential in all sports.”
Erika EttlBasketballYokota, Japan
Last week — Averaged 14 points and 10.5 assists as the Panthers, at 14-4 with the best record in Japan, won four games by an average margin of 38 points over eight days, all on the road. Yokota holds the top DODDS Japan and Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools records as well, at 7-0 each.
Ettl, a junior, hit six three-point goals as Yokota began its march with a 77-13 win Jan. 15 at Christian Academy Japan. On Tuesday, the Panthers won, 50-26, at International School of the Sacred Heart, then won, 64-17, at Zama American on Thursday and capped the week by beating American School In Japan, 44-27, on Saturday at Mustang Valley.
Ettl could score 45 or 50 points per game if she desired, her coach and father Paul Ettl said, but she concentrates more on getting her teammates involved. “She would truly happy to not score if we would win,” the elder Ettl said. “Winning is more important for her, and more fun.”