LONG BEACH.—The Nisei Athletic Union 2012 North-South State basketball championship games were played Sunday at Rancho Dominguez Prep School. No-Names grabbed Aye Minor honors and South Bay Quicksilver Aye took the Aye Major crown.
Underdog No-Names literally stole the game from East Bay Court Jesters Red, 51-48.
The Southern California reps, led by MVP Jon Silva, forced 19 turnovers, 15 of them pure steals. Silva had four of these for No-Names and led his team in scoring with 20 points, on 9 for 16 shooting.
With No-Names keying on EBCJ stars Bryce Momono and Scott Narasaki, Hanson Hui topped the NoCal champs with 16 points.
With their man-to-man defense, Court Jesters tried to push the pace from the start of the game. No-Names played a tough, active 2-1-2 zone and ran some time off the shot clock.
After the initial 5minutes of play, No-Names dictated the pace. Court Jesters had their biggest lead of the game, 11-5. No-Names scored nine straight points, mostly off turnovers, to take their first lead at 14-9.
The lead swung back and forth with No-Names holding the advantage at the break 26-24.
For over 10 minutes, the second half was more back and forth. No-Names took a 46-39 lead on Scott Iseri’s two free throws while holding East Bay scoreless for five minutes. Only 5:14 remained.
Narasaki hit his only shot of the game, a three-pointer. A free throw by Andrew Fong brought the score to 46-43. With 2:12 left, Silva hit a mid-post fall away, but 8 seconds later, Hui’s foul shots closed it to 48-45.
Silva made two charity buckets of his own and No-Names led, 50-45, with 1:24 to play. Fong hit from behind the arc to close it to 50-48.
With practically every shot contested, SB Quicksilver stopped the Sacramento Samurai, 39-36.
Center Masa Lau was selected the game’s most valuable player for his dominating presence on defense. He finished with 18 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Lawrence Hom grabbed 10 boards for Quicksilver, who out-rebounded Sacramento, 46 to 35.
Shooting favored Quicksilver, making 15 of 50 shots, 30 percent. Samurai took 11 more attempts to make the same number of baskets, finishing at under 25 percent.
With made shots at a premium, the two teams had to grind for every point. Sacramento had their largest lead, seven points, early in the game, 11-4. Quicksilver posted a six-point advantage, 33-27, with 8 minutes left in the second half.
Down the stretch, lay-ups by Conlan Kwong and David Miura forced ties at 33 and 35.
At the 2:54 mark, Lau broke the tie, 37-35, with a pressure-packed 19-footer. After missed shots and turnovers, Marc Kato made one of two free throws with 1:10 left. Quicksilver iced the game with 26 seconds left when Kyle Taniguchi hit both ends of bonus foul shots.