Akira Komai Memorial NAU AA Finals

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Paul Nitake (37) and Jarrod Carrol (91) battle for a loose ball in the NAU AA Finals.

The Nisei Athletic Union North vs. South State Championships took place on Sunday at Carson High School and provided those in attendance with three exciting games of hoops. In last year’s tournament, the Southern teams went up to San Francisco and only managed to squeeze out one victory. Home court certainly has its advantages as all three southern teams won out this year. This year, the North did not field a Double-A team, so Sunday also featured the Southern Section Double-A Championships.

By JORDAN IKEDA

Rafu Sports Editor

Last season, up north for the State Double A Tournament, the Quicksilver nearly won despite missing three of their key players. Adrienn Carroll, one of the vocal leaders on the team, enlisted his two brothers, Jarrod and Sean on a little mission that caused all three to miss the tournament.

He got married.

The Quicksilver celebrated Adrienne’s first year anniver­sary with a resounding 110-89 victory over the Tigers Red to defend their Akira Komai Memorial NAU AA Finals title Sunday.

“All three Carrols,” said Paul Nitake. “That was huge.”

How huge? Well, for these finals, Sean registered 12 points, 3 boards and 3 steals, Adrienn added 3 boards and a pair of thefts, and Jarrod dropped 36 points and tacked on 7 boards and 8 assists. A pretty big chunk of production.

On the other side, this was the third time in the past four years that the Tigers Red have made it to the championship game, only to come away with a loss

“We got to the game,” said Eric Chung who had 16 points, 3 assists and 3 boards for the Tigers. “We just haven’t gotten to our goal of winning it. Every year we get a little better, a little more mature basketball-wise. We didn’t play as well as we could have. If we play as well as we know we can, we’re as good anybody.”

While there’s plenty of talented players on the Tigers Red, I’m not sure anybody could have hung with the Quick­silver Sunday afternoon. The team shot 57 percent from the field and spread the rock with 22 assists. Vi Ly and Nitake combined for 39 points on 16-22 shots and Jarrod scored his total on an uber efficient 15-24.

“I give Quicksilver all the credit,” Chung said. “They shot lights out. When that happens, there’s nothing you can do.”

“I shoot a lot,” said Jarrod. “I should make all those shots. That’s how I feel. I put in the work, so it shouldn’t be that hard out there.”

The Tigers Red shot 43 percent from the field led by Sean Odou’s 28 points, 9 boards, 5 assists and 3 blocked shots. Mike Hamner added 20 points and 11 boards and Michael Reding stuffed the boxscore with 15, 8, 4, 2 and 2.

“A little more communications as far as rotating on defense,” said Odou. “Nothing we can’t fix. We know how to get here, we just need to know how to finish it.”

Perhaps they’ll get their chance again next year, although, an anniversary victory is a hard precedent to break. Espe­cially if the Carrolls have anything to say about it.

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