Boys' basketball: Humphreys sweeps Seoul American in hoops
CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea – Perhaps not even the Blackhawks themselves saw this coming.
The start of the second half of the winter sports season saw Humphreys basketball score a pair of stunning victories over Seoul American – the boys routing the Falcons 67-41 and the girls scoring their first win in school history over their northern neighbors, 40-37 on Saturday.
“It was amazing,” said first-year Blackhawks coach Laura Corder, who transferred from Aviano after 23 years in Italy.
Corder said she and the Blackhawks talked all week about the game, their goals and what it would take to get the historic victory. “The girls did what I asked and it made all the difference,” Corder said.
Sydney Wilson was the difference maker on the court for the Blackhawks, who held All-Far East senior Krista Bradley to just six points. Wilson had 20 points, 12 rebounds, five steals and blocked three shots, and took over running the offense when Jaedyn Jones fouled out.
It was the first loss for the Falcons in four games, while the Blackhawks improved to 2-3.
Beating Seoul American in the regular season has become common for the Blackhawks boys, but the 26-point margin of victory was the largest in any game between the two schools in Humphreys’ four years.
Coach Ron Merriwether said he saw his team winning Saturday, but “not like that.” He cited Humphreys’ 45-42 loss Wednesday at Osan as the “eye opener” that lit a fire under his team.
“They played with the intensity that I expected all season,” Merriwether said. In their previous four games, “we were underperforming. But the eye opener and the hard work the next two days to patch things up went a long way.”
Tyrell Alexander had 27 points, Jalen Hill 14 points and 11 rebounds and Nate Hellams 10 points and three blocks for the Blackhawks. Brothers Quintin and DeAndre Metcalf led the Falcons with 13 points each and combined for 17 rebounds.
“I’m very disappointed. Our team is very disappointed,” Falcons coach Steve Boyd said. They had traveled to Daegu the day before, won 65-48 and traveled again Saturday morning to Humphreys, “but that’s no excuse,” he said.
“We got beat by a better team,” Boyd said. “They outplayed us, they outhustled us, they outrebounded us; they outplayed us in every phase of the game. We just weren’t ready for it.”
The two teams meet again on Jan. 20 at Falcon Gym.