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Kadena's Tristan Higginson is defended by Kubasaki's Dylan Canlas during Friday's Okinawa boys basketball game. The Panthers won 76-43. Higginson played for Kubasaki last year.
Kadena's Tristan Higginson is defended by Kubasaki's Dylan Canlas during Friday's Okinawa boys basketball game. The Panthers won 76-43. Higginson played for Kubasaki last year. (Rayna Waite/Special to Stripes)
Kadena's Tristan Higginson is defended by Kubasaki's Dylan Canlas during Friday's Okinawa boys basketball game. The Panthers won 76-43. Higginson played for Kubasaki last year.
Kadena's Tristan Higginson is defended by Kubasaki's Dylan Canlas during Friday's Okinawa boys basketball game. The Panthers won 76-43. Higginson played for Kubasaki last year. (Rayna Waite/Special to Stripes)
Kubasaki's Malik Brown drives around a pick against Kadena during Friday's Okinawa boys basketball game. The Panthers won 76-43.
Kubasaki's Malik Brown drives around a pick against Kadena during Friday's Okinawa boys basketball game. The Panthers won 76-43. (Rayna Waite/Special to Stripes)
Kadena's Mikayla Benitez drives to the basket between Kubasaki's Urara Williams and Ari Gieseck during Friday's Okinawa girls basketball game. The Panthers won 53-21.
Kadena's Mikayla Benitez drives to the basket between Kubasaki's Urara Williams and Ari Gieseck during Friday's Okinawa girls basketball game. The Panthers won 53-21. (Rayna Waite/Special to Stripes)
Kubasaki's Ari Gieseck drives between Kadena's Madison Van Gorder and Christee Dervil during Friday's Okinawa girls basketball game. The Panthers won 53-21.
Kubasaki's Ari Gieseck drives between Kadena's Madison Van Gorder and Christee Dervil during Friday's Okinawa girls basketball game. The Panthers won 53-21. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)
Kubasaki's Sophie Grubbs gets sandwiched by Kadena's Kyleigh Wright and Lydia Rice during Friday's Okinawa girls basketball game. The Panthers won 53-21.
Kubasaki's Sophie Grubbs gets sandwiched by Kadena's Kyleigh Wright and Lydia Rice during Friday's Okinawa girls basketball game. The Panthers won 53-21. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)
Kadena's Beau Black battles Kubasaki's Erik Camacho for the ball during Friday's Okinawa boys basketball game. The Panthers won 76-43.
Kadena's Beau Black battles Kubasaki's Erik Camacho for the ball during Friday's Okinawa boys basketball game. The Panthers won 76-43. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)
Kadena's Kai Harris shoots against Kubasaki's Kiyon Smith during Friday's Okinawa boys basketball game. The Panthers won 76-43.
Kadena's Kai Harris shoots against Kubasaki's Kiyon Smith during Friday's Okinawa boys basketball game. The Panthers won 76-43. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)
Kadena's Jeremiah Lewis shoots over Kubasaki's Adam Rasmussen during Friday's Okinawa boys basketball game. The Panthers won 76-43.
Kadena's Jeremiah Lewis shoots over Kubasaki's Adam Rasmussen during Friday's Okinawa boys basketball game. The Panthers won 76-43. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)
Kadena basketball players surround reserve Owen Caldwell, who scored the last basket of the game and his first of the season. as the buzzer sounded on the Panthers' 76-43 win Friday over Kubasaki.
Kadena basketball players surround reserve Owen Caldwell, who scored the last basket of the game and his first of the season. as the buzzer sounded on the Panthers' 76-43 win Friday over Kubasaki. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

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Basketball Boys OkinawaKadena 76, Kubasaki 43 Friday at Kadena Air BaseDragons 13 13 8 9—43Panthers 23 22 19 12—76Scoring — Panthers: Tristan Higginson 18, Kai Harris 16; Dragons: Dylan Canlas 15. Noteworthy — Panthers took at 2-0 lead in the season series.

Girls OkinawaKadena 53, Kubasaki 21 Friday at Kadena Air BaseDragons 9 3 4 5—21Panthers 12 17 12 12—53Scoring — Panthers: Kyleigh Wright 16, Lydia Rice 10; Dragons: Grace Leishman 6. Rebounding — Panthers: Alexis Boyer 10, Wright 10, Rice 7. Noteworthy — Panthers took at 2-0 lead in the season series.

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