YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Seoul American forwards Jake Abramowitz and Luis Feliciano helped the Falcons survive a test from the Osan American Cougars on Wednesday night in a battle of reigning Far East champions.
Feliciano scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half, including a key putback with seven seconds remaining. Abramowitz added 22 points as the Falcons rallied from a six-point halftime deficit to win 60-57.
“It was a real barnburner,” said Falcons coach Steve Boyd.
Before the season, Boyd told Feliciano he needed “double-doubles” in scoring and rebounds every game. Feliciano had 13 rebounds on Wednesday.
“So far, he’s been doing it,” Boyd said. “He dominated the glass, especially the second half. He’s playing really well for us.”
Osan’s defense caused problems throughout the first half, Boyd said, particularly for All-Far East guard Daniel Chicko, who was held to three points.
“They were fired up and were ready to go,” Boyd said of Osan. “They stifled us a little bit with the matchup zone until we figured it out and we started beating them on it.”
In the third quarter, the Falcons outscored the Cougars 22-5.
“I honestly don’t know why we let them catch and pass us,” Osan coach David Leighninger said. “The third quarter was a disaster. We suddenly became very tentative and committed a number of turnovers for no reason. It was like we were afraid to win.”
Osan rallied in the fourth period behind A.J. Scott, who had 11 of his 16 points in the final quarter.
The game began as a shootout between Abramowitz, a transfer from Florida, and two-time All-Far East forward Steve Davis. Each scored 13 first-quarter points; Davis finished the half with 19 but finished the game with 22 points.
Terry Stephens, a transfer from Georgia, scored 11 for Osan.
“We let this one slip away,” Leighninger said.
Shot-blocking specialist Myrick boosts Kadena
KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — In the Kadena Panthers’ first two games, both victories, 6-foot-4 center Marvin Myrick has 15 blocked shots. He had six blocks to help the Panthers rally from a 25-13 second-quarter deficit and beat the Oroku Trojan 85-56 in an Okinawa-American League contest.
“He reacts well to the ball; good anticipation skills,” coach Robert Bliss said. “All of our big guys were working well inside.”
Okinawa Boys basketball
Wednesday at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa
Kadena 85, Oroku 56
Halftime —Kadena 38, Oroku 32.
Top scorers — Kadena, Dajuan Kindell 26; Z’aire Jackson 14; Marvin Myrick 12, Elton Sessoms 11; Top rebounders — Kadena, Marvin Myrick 15, A.J. Morgan 7, Elton Sessoms 6, Z’aire Jackson 5; Steals — Kadena, Z’aire Jackson 8, Dajuan Kindell 7; Blocks — Kadena, Marvin Myrick 6.
Notable — Trailing 25-13 in the second period, Panthers used a 23-3 run to go ahead for good.
Wednesday at Tokyo
American School In Japan 47, Yokota 5
101 pounds — Scott Metts, ASIJ, pinned William Lawrence, 26 seconds; 108 — Casey Christianson, ASIJ, by walkover; 115 — David Hall, ASIJ, pinned George Gross, 1 minute, 7 seconds; 122 — Jonas Porat, ASIJ, pinned Mike Warzinski, :35; 129 — Matt Ellis, ASIJ, pinned Pil Yun, :58; 135 — Andrew Yang, ASIJ, pinned Jake Ward, 2:45; 141 — Dustin Haney, Yokota, pinned Brad Candland, 5:12; 148 — Vincent Powell, ASIJ, pinned Jared Waters, 1:00; 158 — Joey Wilson, ASIJ, pinned Garret McCaw, 2:13; 168 — David Zielinski, ASIJ, pinned David Hale, :39; 180 — Cameron Fincher, ASIJ, decisioned Zach Dopslaf, 8-4; 215 — David Klug, ASIJ, by walkover; Heavyweight — Tim Jacobson, ASIJ, pinned Ben Lynch, 1:07.