NAU North South State Championships

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SAN FRANCISCO.—The Nisei Athletic Union State Basketball Championship games were held Sunday, April 17 at City College of San Francisco. Setai-Cossa captured the Aye Plus crown, South Bay FOR Quicksilver grabbed the Aye Major title and FOR Bandits scored the Aye Minor trophy.

Most Valuable Player honors went to Kellen Ito of Setai-Cossa, Kirk Tsuye of Quicksilver and Jordan Hiroshima of Bandits.

 

AYE PLUS

Led by the trio of Kellen Ito, Jeremy Lee and Conant Chi, Setai-Cossa answered every challenge by La Glen Nursery to wrap up a 79-66 victory.

MVP Ito dropped in 26 points on 10-for-18 shooting, grabbed a massive 20 rebounds, five offensive, snared three steals and recorded two blocked shots to lead winners. Jeremy Lee poured in 25 points, including 9-for-10 fts, and Conant Chi accounted for 19 points, including three straight hoops when La Glen was threatening in the second half.

Mike Schindler carried Nurserymen with 26 points of his own, to go along with 15 rebounds, five on the offensive boards.

Ito made his presence felt in the early seconds of the game, going around, over and through LGN defenders. Setai jumped to a quck 11-4 edge. Schindler’s mid-post game gave La Glen some home, but LGN only made 1 of 11 three-point attempts in the period, Setai-Cossa cruised to a 43-28 halftime lead.

The Southlanders came out with greater purpose in the second half, pressuring the ball, pushing the pace and looking for quick shots. Setai found gaps in the LGN’s defense with Ito and Lee inceasing the deficit to 59-40. Two hoops by Schindler and one by Foulay Saelor gave La Glen some hope, but Chi took charge, with three fallaway shots in 2m. of action. Setai rebuilt thait advantage to 65-49 and 7:17 remaining.

La Glen regrouped as Russell Ishii went on a tear. With 3m. to play, Setai held a 69-60 edge. Setia sank four of six charities as Nurserymen Ishii and Saelor closing to 73-66 with 1:11 left. Lee iced the game at the free throw line, making the final 6 points.

 

La Glen                        min            2-pt            3-pt            fts            r            f            pts

J. Imahara                 26.5            0-2            0-0            0-0            4            1              0

M. Schindler              33.0            10-20            1-3            3-4            15            3            26

R. Ishii                        25.5            1-3            3-10            2-2            1            2            12

J. Lieu                          26.5            1-2            0-7            0-0            3            3              2

D. Su                        28.0            1-5            1-5            2-4            0            3              7

F. Saelor                        24.5            5-10            0-0            2-3            2            2            12

T. Uechi                        18.5            2-7            0-0            0-1            2            2              4

D. Yamada             12.0            0-0            0-1            0-0            2            2              0

G. West                          5.5            0-0            0-0            2-2            0            3              2

Totals                                    20-47            5-26            11-16            29            21            66

Assists (8). Steals (8): Ishii 3. Blocks: Schindler 2, Imahara. Turnovers (7): Schindler 5.

 

Setai-Cossa            min            2-pt            3-pt            fts            r            f            pts

C. Chi                        33.5            8-17            1-3            0-0            3            2            19

K. Ito                        34.0            10-18            0-0            6-13            20            5            26

J. Nakai                        33.5            0-0            0-0            0-0            6            2              0

C. Hong                        25.5            0-0            0-0            3-4            2            2              3

J. Lee                        40.0            8-13            0-1            9-10            6            0            25

C. Kuwada            18.5            0-1            2-5            0-0            4            1              6

R. Ito                        15.0            0-0            0-0            0-1            7            1              0

Totals                                    26-49            3-9            18-28            48            13            79

Assists (12): Lee 4, Steals (7): K. Ito 3. Blocks: K. Ito 2, Nakai. Turnovers (14): Chi 6, K. Ito 4, Lee 3.

 

Score by halves

La Glen Nursery                        28 – 38 — 66

Setai-Cossa                        42 – 37 — 79

AYE MAJOR

Controlling the tempo throughout the game, South Bay FOR Quicksilver slowed down and squashed East Bay Court Jesters, 80-70.

For Quicksilver, it was a total team effort. All ten players had rotated in and out in the first 8m. of the first half, and nine minutes in the second period. Only one player exceeded 25 minutes of play and only one player out of ten was in the game for less than ten minutes.

Court Jesters showed off their slashing half-court attack countered by Quicksilver’s experience, running the clock down and force East Bay to play defense.

For five minutes, the teams traded scores. Jesters softened on defense giving Quicksilver’s Jeremy Gersen two open looks. His pair of triples gave FOR a 22-12 lead.

East Bay’s Hanson Hui and Ross Lim worked the post to close to 27-23.  Jimmy Lee and Kirk Tsuye sank three jumpers and a lay-up, assist to Kyle Taniguchi for a 35-23 score. The teams matched points and the half finished with Quicksilver ahead, 41-32.

Jesters came out with attitude in the second half, picking up the pace on offense and defense, and getting physical and aggressive. South Bay took advantage of defensive lapses to  hit critical shots. Court Jesters closed to 41-36, FOR went back ahead, 47-36. East Bay charged to 51-46, but Lee and Tsuye opened it up, 61-50 with 8:05 left.

Quicksilver continued to more the ball around for open shots, or setting up free throws. The FOR lead never dropped under 8 points.

Jason Mizoguchi, Lee, Taniguchi and Tsuye scored 16, 15, 14 and 11 points to lead a balanced attack. MVP Tsuye also snatched 6 rebounds and keyed the defense with four steals.

Lim made 13 of 19 shots to lead all scorers with 30 points. Kyle Kurihara added 14.

 

Quicksilver            min            2-pt            3-pt            fts            r            f            pts

T. Yamatsuka            20.5            1-2            0-0            0-0            4            2              2

J. Lee                        29.5            6-14            0-2            3-4            5            2            15

J. Mizoguchi            20.5            7-14            0-1            2-4            9            2            16

K. Taniguchi            21.5            1-4            3-3            3-4            4            1            14

B. Tokita            16.0            0-1            0-0            0-1            5            3              0

W. Oda                        9.0            0-0            0-0            0-0            0            0              0

K. Watanabe            21.0            0-0            0-3            6-6            2            2              6

J. Gersen            19.0            1-3            2-2            1-2            4            2              9

J. Tamashiro            19.5            2-6            0-0            3-3            3            2              7

K. Tsuye                        23.5            5-7            0-0            1-1            6            1            11

Totals                                    23-51            5-11            19-26            40            17            80

Assists (13): Watanabe 4, Tokita 3. Steals (11): Tsuye4. Blocks: Tanigchi,                                     Lee 2, Tsuye, Mizoguchi, Oda. Turnovers (17): Mizoguchi 5, Tsuye 3.
East Bay                        min            2-pt            3-pt            fts            r            f            pts

Z. Ushijima            24.0            4-11            0-0            0-0            4            2              8

R. Lin                        39.0            12-17            1-2            3-6            9            2            30

B. Ikeda                        27.0            2-3            0-3            0-0            3            3              4

R. Yamagishi            34.5            1-9            1-3            0-0            2            3              5

K. Kurahara            34.5            5-14            0-1            4-7            5            5            14

J. Jew                        12.5            1-3            0-0            0-0            2            2              2

H. Hui                        28.5            2-6            0-1            3-4            5            4              7

M. Uyeda            DNP

Totals                                    27-63            2-10            10-17            30            21            70

Assists (9): Kurahara 3. Steals (11): Lim 4. Blocks: Lim 2, Lew. Turnovers (17): Lim 5, Kurahara 5, Yamagushi 3.

Score by halves

South Bay FOR Quicksilver            41 – 39 — 80

East Bay Court Jesters                        32 – 38 — 70

 

AYE MINOR

FOR Bandits bushwacked East Bay Court Jesters, coasting to a 77-61 triumph.

Jordan Hiroshima was named MVP for his long-range sniping. Just the threat of his shot made shambles of the Court Jester defense. When left alone, Hiroshima knocked down treys. When the defense followed him to halfcourt, Bandits ran through the middle of the court. Hiroshima scored 20, Kyler Kitani hit 19, Dayn Araki finished with 12 and Kevin Maruyama tallied 10.

East Bay wanted to cram the ball into the post with some outside shooting to keep the defense honest. Their plans failed as the Bandits half-court trap speeded up the game. By the time a Jester sank a jumper from outside the key, over 11m. had elapsed. FOR led 29-12 at this juncture. The South Bay maintained their edge to the break, 41-23, matching the efforts of EB’s Jonathan Kwok and Christopher Lim.

FOR went 7-for-17 from beyond the arc in the first half, with five players attempting at least one try.. Court Jesters were 1-for-8.

Bandits continued to apply the pressure with steals for lay-ups and long-range bombs to open up a 70-35 margin. They took their foot off the throttle and cruised to the finish.

 

FOR Bandits             min            2-pt            3-pt            fts            r            f            pts

K. Maruyama            29.0            2-4            2-6            0-0            8            3            10

J.Hiroshima            40.0            1-5            6-17            0-0            1            0            20

D. Araki                        32.0            5-0            0-0            2-2            5            0            12

J. Minatogawa            32.5            3-6            1-1            0-0            6            0              9

K. Kitani            40.0            6-11            1-3            4-4            8            0            19

P. Murata            17.5            2-5            0-0            0-0            0            1              4

T. Minatogawa              7.5            0-0            1-3            0-0            0            1              3

J. Hiroshima              1.5            0-0            0-0            0-0            0            0              0

Totals                                    19-40            11-30            6-6            30            6            77

 

Assists (18): Kitani 6, Araki 5. Steals (12): Kitani 5, Maruyama 4. Turnovers (6).

 

East Bay                        min            2-pt            3-pt            fts            r            f            pts

M. Narimatsu            27.5            3-8            0-3            1-3            4            3              7

J. Kwok                        31.5            4-7            1-4            3-4            7            1            14

C. Lim                        27.5            2-4            0-0            1-2            9            2              5

M. Arakaki            27.0            4-5            1-7            0-0            4            1            11

J. Tsukahira            18.0            0-3            0-1            0-0            0            1              0

M. Olsen            26.5            1-2            0-1            0-0            1            1              2

H. Curtin            12.0            4-7            0-0            0-0            6            0              8

R. Wong                        11.0            2-4            0-2            0-0            3            0              4

J. Wong                        19.0            5-5            0-0            0-0            3            1            10

Totals                                    25-43            2-18            5-0            37            10            61

 

Assists (11): Narimatsu 3, Kwok 3. Steals (7): Narimatsu 3. Steals (7): Narimatsu 3. Blocks: Kwok 2, Wong. Turnovers (17): Arakaki 4, Narimatsu 4.

 

Score by halves

FOR Bandits                        41 – 36 — 77

East Bay Court Jesters            27 – 44 —  61

 

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