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Photo by MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo

Photo by MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo

LONG BEACH.—The Akira Komai Memorial NAU playoffs concluded with four games on Sunday at Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School.
Pacific Pride Quicksilver survived a tough battle to capture the Southern California AA title. Clippers walked away with the crown in Aye Plus, Precise took the Aye Major title, and Marina Tigers grabbed Aye Minor honors.

See photos from the NAU Southern California finals here.

AA
Mark Nitake found his hot hand, scoring 13 of his team’s 18 points in the game’s final 5:24 to lead Quicksilver past a short-handed Nakatani team, 72-69.
Nakatani led 58-54 when Nitake took over. Dribbling behind a screen, he swished a trey from the left wing and completed a four-point play to tie the game. After Jimmy Miyasaka pushed Nakatani ahead with his baseline jumper, Nitake dropped in another trey, this one a jumper from the right wing for a Quiksilver lead, 61-60.
Jarrod Carroll turned a steal and a split the defense for a layup with 4:31 remaining, 63-60. Nitake finished an up-and-under drive, 65-60, and 2:52 left.
Miyasaka tried to lift Nakatani back but Nitake and a triple from J. Carroll made it 70-64 with 1:02 left. Nitake’s free throws with 22.7 seconds on the clock was just enough to keep Pacific Pride on top.
Nitake led Quicksilver with 27 points and was given balanced team support in all areas. Miyasaka topped Nakatani with 24 points.
Nakatani lost one player to injury in the first half, had two players whistled for four fouls in the first half and their point guard was down with another injury.

Nakatani    min    FG    3pt    FT    R    A    F    Pts
C Kitani    18    0-0    0-1    0-0    1    0    4    0
G Kitani    29    2-2    2-3    0-0    3    0    5    10
B Akahiji    31    3-5    1-3    2-2    1    3    2    11
S Shimizu    28    0-1    2-6    0-1    7    2    4    6
J Miyasaka    38.5    4-13    2-3    10-11    12    2    4    24
S Baik    12    2-4    0-0    1-3    3    2    1    5
J Kawahito    36.5    2-6    2-4    3-6    11    2    3    13
J Chen    5    0-1    0-0    0-0    0    2    0    0
G Yanai    2    0-0    0-0    0-0    0    2    1    0
K Kitani            DNP-injured
   Totals        13-33    16-32    5-10    38    7    24    69

Offensive Rebounds (8).  Steals (4).
Turnovers (17): Kawahito 7, Shimizu 3, Miyasaka 3.

Quicksilver    min    FG    3pt    FT    R    A    F    Pts
J Carroll    26.5    2-8    3-5    0-0    6    0    0    13
J Uchida    26.5    1-3    1-1    5-9    1    3    1    10
A Carroll    26.5    2-2    0-0    0-0    3    1    5    4
P Nitake     26.5    1-6    2-3    0-1    7    2    3    8
S Carroll    26.5    0-4    3-4    1-3    6    2    2    10
A Davis      26.5    0-2    0-1    0-1    4    0    2    0
T Hast    26.5    0-5    0-0    0-0    2    0    4    0
M Nitake    32.5    5-6    2-5    11-13    3    1    4    27
   Totals        11-36    11-19    17-27    32    9    21    72

Offensive Rebounds (9). Steals (8).
Blocked Shots (1): A. Carroll.
Turnovers (9): M. Nitake 5.

Score by halves
Nakatani        32 – 37 — 69
Pacific Pride Quicksilver    32 – 40 — 72

AYE PLUS
Clippers started off with an 11-zip lead, which they never relinquished. They ended up with a 58-48 triumph over Coast Tigers.
Playing a penetrate-and-kick offense, five Clippers connected for their 11-0 lead, less than 5 minutes into the game. Joe Tessler and Randy Lee rallied the Tigers and they cut the lead down to 17-13.
Clippers continued to apply pressure, breaking down the defense for layups. Brett Setsuda and Hiroto Sugano made five of them as the Clipper lead grew to 31-21 at intermission.
Eric Nguyen’s ball-handling allowed Clips to stay in control. They built their lead to 43-25 with 11:28 remaining.
Coast tried to rally again behind the efforts of Jonathan Tessler. Joe Tessler’s old-fashioned three-point play cut the deficit down to 49-39 and 5:26 left in the game.
Clippers made 7 of 11 free throws down the stretch, more than enough as the Tiger rally ran out of steam.

Clippers    min    FG    3pt    FT    R    A    F    Pts
J Toailoa    22    1-2    0-0    0-0    4    0    4    2
R Kiyabayashi    20    0-5    0-3    0-0    2    0    2    0
C Azzam    32    2-7    1-4    1-2    6    1    3    8
B Young    19.5    0-1    0-0    4-4    5    2    2    4
E Nguyen    27    4-11    1-1    1-2    0    1    1    12
B Setsuda    17    3-6    0-1    3-4    5    0    3    9
B Park    14.5    1-4    0-0    0-0    7    1    0    2
H Sugano    33    7-14    0-0    3-5    6    2    3    17
E Azzam    17    2-5    0-2    0-0    4    1    0    4
S Yoshimoto    –DNP
G Nishihira–DNP
   Totals        20-55    2-11    12-17    41    8    16    58

Offensive Rebounds (12): Setsuda 5, Young 3.
Steals (9): Nguyen 3.
Blocked Shots (4): C. Azzam 2, Sugano 2.
Turnovers (16): Sugano 6, Nguyen 3.

Tigers    min    FG    3pt    FT    R    A    F    Pts
B Shimasaki    27.5    2-5    1-4    0-2    2    1    4    7
Jn Tessler    28    2-8    0-0    3-3    3    0    4    7
S Onishi    21.5    0-1    0-0    0-0    3    0    0    0
R Lee    24    0-1    1-7    3-6    1    1    2    6
K Crumley    29.5    1-8    0-3    1-2    2    1    3    3
H Kwan    14.5    1-4    0-0    1-1    2    0    2    3
C Jung    26    1-4    0-3    1-2    2    0    2    3
Jo Tessler    29    8-13    0-0    3-4    14    1    0    19
    Totals        15-44    2-17    12-20    29    4    17    48

Offensive Rebounds (9): Joe Tesslet 3.
Steals (10): Shimazaki 4.
Blocked Shots (2): Kwan, Joe Tessler.
Turnovers (13): Joe Tessler 3, Jung 3.

Score by halves
Clippers          31 – 27 — 58
Coast Tigers      21 – 27 — 48

AYE MAJOR
Riding the youthful legs of Ryan Yoshida and the experience of Eric Yung, Precise dominated 38 Degrees, 73-52.
The two teams traded tallies early in the game until Yoshida, coming from San Diego, was ready to play. His first shot air-balled from the right sideline, then he went on a roll. His jumper from the baseline gave Precise an 11-10 lead. Fifteen points later, Yoshida opened the Precise advantage to 35-17 at the break.
Yung, Zach SooHoo and Yoshida blew the lead out to 56-35 with 9 minutes left in the game.
Yoshida popped in 31 points, Yung added 20 with 11 rebounds and SooHoo hit 13. Ryan Kochiyama was the only bright spot for 38 Degrees as he finished with 24 points on 10 for 22 shooting.

38 Degrees    min    FG    3pt    FT    R    A    F    Pts
R Kochiyama    34    8-15    2-7    2-5    4    1    3    24
B Sugita    17.5    0-0    1-7    0-0    3    0    0    3
E Sugita    30.5    1-7    1-6    0-0    4    1    5    5
H Fujino    32.5    1-1    1-2    0-0    4    2    4    5
K Sugita    31.5    2-7    0-2    2-4    6    5    3    6
M Noguchi    33.5    1-9    0-1    0-0    5    2    4    2
W Wong    10.5    3-8    0-0    1-3    10    0    3    7
C Sunada–DNP
     Totals        16-47    5-25    5-12    36    11    21    52

Offensive Rebounds (11): Noguchi 4, Wong 4.
Steals (5).
Blocked Shots(6): Fujino 2, Kochiayama, K. Sugita, Noguchi, Wong..
Turnovers (10): E. Sugita 5.

Precise    min    FG    3pt    FT    R    A    F    Pts
M Chun    23    1-2    0-0    0-1    3    0    3    2
R Chan    14    1-2    0-0    0-0    2    0    0    2
K Ikami    6.5    0-0    0-1    0-0    1    0    1    0
K Okumoto    35.5    0-3    0-0    1-4    10    1    2    4
E Yung    39    7-20    0-2    6-6    11    3    4    20
R Yoshida    27    8-9    4-12    3-4    4    1    2    31
T Okumoto    7.5     0-1    0-0    4-4    1    0    1    4
G Murakami    17    0-2    0-0    0-2    4    0    3    0
Z Soohoo    30.5    5-12    0-0    3-5    10    0    2    13
J Hihara–DNP
    Totals        22-51    4-15    17-24    45    5    18    73

Offensive Rebounds (8): Murakami 3.
Steals (7): Yoshida 3.
Blocked Shots (1): K. Okumoto.
Turnovers (10): K. Okumoto 4, Yung 3.

Score by halves
38 Degrees     17 – 35 — 52
Precise            35 – 38 — 73

AYE MINOR
Rebuilding their roster in the past few years, Marina Tiger’s youth bested the veterans of Centinela Black, 58-48.
Tigers showed a man defense and slashed through the Centinela zone.  Black targeted the paint early but did not have much success.
Dean Wake, Darren Wake with two treys and Kai Yamamoto spirited Marina to a 23-10 lead. Centinela’s Eric Koh did some inside damage but that could only match the fast-moving Tigers. The half ended with Marina ahead, 33-18.
Centinela went back to their game plan and Mike Nagata responded. Tigers more than matched as Dean Wake was all over the court. The score favored Tigers 49-32 with 5 minutes left. Black went on an 11-zip run as Briyan Shin got hot and closed to 49-43.
Marina started working on the clock, forcing Centinela to foul. Tigers made 9 of 14 free throws in the final 3 minutes to clinch their victory.

Centinela    min    FG    3pt    FT    R    A    F    Pts
K Waite    34    2-11    0-2    8-10    3    1    4    12
K Tashiro    10.5    0-1    0-1    1-2    2    2    4    1
C Castillo    33.5    0-4    1-4    0-0    4    0    1    3
B Shin    36    2-7    3-11    3-6    1    0    5    16
D Tangen    11.5     0-2    0-0    0-0    2    0    1    0
B Mitsuuchi    18.5    0-0    0-3    0-0    2    0    4    0
M Nagata    36    5-10    0-0    0-2    11    0    3    12
E Koh    21    2-4    0-0    0-1    8    0    1    4
    Totals        11-39    4-21    14-21    33    4    22    48

Offensive Rebounds (14): Nagata 3.
Steals (10): Shin 4, Tashiro 3.
Blocked Shots (1): Nagata.
Turnovers (12): Kaite 3, Castillo, 3 Shin 3.

Tigers    min    FG    3pt    FT    R    A    F    Pts
M Nishida    18    1-6    0-3    0-0    4    0    5    2
K Quock    3    0-0    0-1    0-0    1    0    0    0
J Tsukihira    12    2-5    0-0    1-2    7    0    3    5
B Nakagiri    17    1-3    0-0    0-0    4    3    2    2
J Nakagiri    16    0-1    0-1    0-2    0    0    3    0
K Yamamoto    35    4-5    1-3    2-2    11    1    1    13
De Wake    36    6-13    1-6    7-0    5    0    2    22
K Kim    21    0-3    0-0    0-0    6    0    1    0
Da Wake    34     0-2    2-4    5-9    7    1    0    11
S Woo    8    1-1    0-0    1-1    0    0    1    0
    Totals         15-39    4-14    16-25    46    5    18    58

Offensive Rebounds (14): Yamamoto 4, Tsukihira 3.
Steals (4): Dean Wake 3.
Blocked Shots (3):Yamomoto 2, Dean Wake.
Turnovers (18): Dean Wake 9, Kim 4.

Score by halves
Centinela Black       18 – 30 — 48
Marina Tigers      33 – 25 — 58

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