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For Daegu American’s boys basketball team, turnabout was fair play on Friday night.

The Warriors, 60-57 losers just seven days earlier to Seoul Foreign, dominated fourth-quarter play to exact revenge for that defeat 56-51 on Friday on the Crusaders’ home court.

“That’s the first time we’ve played within our capability,” coach Phillip Loyd said after his Warriors won for first time in three tries this season.

Daegu trailed most of Friday’s game, and 38-34 entering the final quarter. The Warriors outscored the Crusaders 22-13 the rest of the way.

“We managed (to get) through a sticky point where they forced us into turnovers, and in the fourth period, we outlasted them,” Loyd said.

It was a welcome departure, Loyd said, from the three-point loss a week earlier in which the Crusaders controlled the third quarter, outscoring the Warriors 15-8 and then hanging on for the victory.

“We self-destructed” in that third quarter, Loyd said. “We’ve been working and focusing on that. Tonight, we played smart toward the end of the game for the first time.”

Such wasn’t the case for the Warriors girls, who fell to 0-3 in tumbling 39-14 to Seoul Foreign. Daegu was outscored 17-0 in the third period.

“We’re taking our lumps,” coach Michelle Chandler said of an early-season Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference slate that pitted Daegu against the teams that finished 1-2 in the league last season.

“I hope it will tell at some point,” Chandler said. “We’re very inexperienced. We’re having to make a lot of adjustments. We’re hoping these games can be a foundation. We have a lot of work to do, mainly on fundamentals.”

ACT week not kind to E.J. King boys

Missing its senior leaders, E.J. King’s boys basketball team still scored 89 points on Friday.

Unfortunately, the Osaka International Sabres scored 97, dropping the Cobras to 3-2.

“Our defense fell apart,” E.J. King coach Daren Schuettpelz said of his team, which was missing senior starters Gabriel Singletary, Fernando Rico, Keith Williams and Dominique Johnson, who stayed at Sasebo Naval Base to take ACTs on Saturday.

“The guys never gave up,” Schuettpelz said of the Cobras, who trailed by 22 in the third quarter. “It would have been nice if we’d had everybody here, but they’re student-athletes.”

Saturday’s ACTs coupled with SATs on Dec. 1 “wreak (scheduling) havoc at the start of the season,” E.J. King girls coach Michael Seitz said after his Cobras (4-1) trounced Canadian Academy 46-26 at Kobe.

The Suriben sisters again led the way, with senior Kristia racking up 21 points, 10 rebounds and 13 steals, and sophomore Rizalina Suriben contributing 10 points and nine steals. E.J. King had 37 steals.

“They just took over,” Seitz said of the Suribens.

Kinnick boys see bright side; Zama girls fall to CAJ

There was a silver lining to the cloud of Nile C. Kinnick’s 58-44 boys basketball loss Friday at St. Mary’s International. The Red Devils outscored the Titans 16-11 in the final quarter and got double-figure scoring from three players for the first time this season.

“We figured something out,” first-year coach Mike Adair said of his Devils (1-3). “I think we’ll start winning some games. We’ll be more competitive.”

After opening the season a combined 6-0, one of Zama American’s basketball teams finally tumbled, as the girls (3-1) fell 48-22 at home against Christian Academy In Japan.

“They came to play,” Zama coach Veronica Jones said of the Knights, who got 20 points from senior Kelsey Masuda. “My girls weren’t ready for that.”

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