Seoul boys beat Osan for third straight time
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Leave it to Jake Abramowitz to come up with big performances when Seoul American tangles with Osan American on a basketball court.
The senior forward scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Falcons used an 18-2 third-quarter run to post a 64-40 victory over Osan on Wednesday.
“He had a super game,” coach Steve Boyd said of Abramowitz.
The transfer from Weston, Fla., has averaged 20 points and 10.3 rebounds in the Falcons’ three victories over Osan this season.
In addition to his double-double on Wednesday, Abramowitz had four steals. “He just kind of dominated,” Boyd said.
As in Seoul American’s 66-42 triumph in the teams’ last matchup Dec. 17 at Osan Air Base, the Falcons led from the start, then put it away in the third quarter.
Osan tried to rally by sending the Falcons to the foul line, but Seoul American made 11 of 12 free throws in the final period and 16 of 21 for the game.
“We shot our best free throws of the season,” Boyd said.
Unlike the last time the teams met, when the Cougars remained in the contest until losing A.J. Scott with a dislocated thumb, Osan never threatened on Wednesday, said coach David Leighninger.
“We just didn’t come to play,” he said. “They just took our heart. We weren’t ready to play. That’s the coach’s fault. Steve Boyd played us well. They had the better team tonight. They shot us out of it. We couldn’t do anything right.”
“I was thinking it would be a tougher battle,” Boyd said.
Daniel Chicko made four three-pointers and finished with 14 points for the Falcons. Luis Feliciano added 10 points and 10 rebounds, Phillip Douglas chipped in with 10 rebounds and Jay Higgins contributed 10 assists.
Osan’s Terry Stephens scored 10 of his team-high 12 in the fourth period. Scott was held to nine points and Steve Davis six.
Trojan wrestlers end 14-year dual-meet drought
CAMP ZAMA, Japan — Fourteen years of frustration ended Wednesday for Zama American’s wrestling team, which used two technical falls and three pins to upend defending Far East tournament individual freestyle champion Yokota 32-18.
The Trojans’ last victory in a dual meet was during the 2001 Far East tournament, but they had not won a Kanto Plain match since 1989-90, when Jack Minor coached the squad.
Current Zama coach Ian Harlow says he stays in touch with Minor; the two Oklahoma natives attended and wrestled for Oklahoma State.
“He told me what can happen if we put our minds to it,” Harlow said. “That’s what we’re working for. I’m excited about tonight’s win.”
The victory comes on the heels of Zama’s second-place finish in last weekend’s Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Japan tournament at Misawa Air Base. It came against a Yokota team missing heavyweight Ben Lynch and 141-pounder Dustin Haney.
Harlow says he’s turning his attention to beating Kanto powers St. Mary’s International, American School In Japan and Nile C. Kinnick, which have 14 Far East tournament titles among them.
“We’ve hit one goal,” Harlow said. “But it’s time to hit a few more goals.”
At Camp Zama, Japan
Zama American 32, Yokota 18
101 pounds — Matt Bohan (Zama) superior decisioned Austin Nikolai, 11-1, time unavailable
108 — Not contested
115 — Michael Schmidtlein (Zama) pinned George Gross, 2 minutes, 25 seconds
122 — Anthony Garcia (Zama) pinned Andrew Shultz, 1:30
129 — Mike Warzinski (Yokota) by walkover
135 — Nick Villasana (Zama) superior decisioned Jon Ward, 13-2, time unavailable
141 — Chris Johnson (Zama) pinned Jake Ward, time unavailable
148 — Logan Valdez (Zama) by walkover
158 — Garrett McCaw (Yokota) pinned Donald Cowles, 2:00
168 — Roy Roach (Yokota) by walkover
180 — Zach Dopslaf (Yokota) by walkover
215 — Jesse Poblete (Zama) pinned Rueben Pittman, 1:30
Heavyweight — David Burnett (Zama) by walkover
St. Mary’s International 33,
Christian Academy In Japan 11
101 pounds — Not contested
108 — Thomas Eldridge (St. Mary’s) by walkover
115 — Jordan Foxwell (CAJ) superior decisioned Alok Parekh, 15-5, time unavailable
122 — Mark Striegl (St. Mary’s) by walkover
129 — Shu Yabui (St. Mary’s) pinned Tommy Farrell, 2 minutes, 13 seconds
135 — Jens Halling (St. Mary’s) by walkover
141 — Sam Han (St. Mary’s) pinned Yoshiya Akiyama, 36 seconds
148 — J.M. Kwak (St. Mary’s) pinned Steve Hederstedt, 2:01
158 — Ryan Taylor (CAJ) pinned Sonny Libero, 5:21
168 — Pavel Kachailov (St. Mary’s) by walkover
180 — Arnaud Gourret (St. Mary’s) by walkover
215 — Jordan Breithaupt (CAJ) pinned Eric Saulis, time unavailable
Heavyweight — Not contested.
Japan girls basketball
Zama American 44,
International School of the Sacred Heart 35
Leading scorers — Zama, Simara Williams 19, Bermeshia Thomas 9.
Leading rebounders — Zama, Simara Williams 7, Bermeshia Thomas 6, Michelle Remogat 5.
Steals — Zama, Simara Williams 5.
Yokota 39, Christian Academy In Japan 26
Leading scorers — Yokota, China Roach 13, Danita Ross 12; CAJ, Susie Probst 7, Erica Burger 6.
Korea girls basketball
Seoul American 44, Osan American 31
At Yongsan Garrison, South Korea
Leading scorers — Seoul, Janel Daniels 16, Sheriah Taua 8; Osan, Mina Davis 14.
Leading rebounder — Seoul, Whitney Blain 5.
Steals — Seoul, Amy Bakameyer 5.
Noteworthy — Falcons won for third time in three tries over Cougars despite shooting 17-for-75 from field.