Pacific basketball Top 10s, final wrestling Fine Five
One more set of ratings to go after this one, following the conclusion of the Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam playoffs, which begin later this week:
1. Yokota, Japan (26-1): Stumbled once during Far East Division II title run, played five games on final day to give coach Paul Ettl a victorious send-off.
2. Kubasaki, Okinawa (27-9): Closed strongly following finals loss in Oki-American tournament, captured third Far East Division I title in five years.
3. Kadena, Okinawa (27-9): Had a chance to catch Kubasaki in fourth quarter of D-I title game, but came up just short.
4. John F. Kennedy, Guam (17-3): Islanders have won 12 of their last 13; most island hoops observers have them playing the best ball as IIAAG playoffs approach.
5. Father Duenas Memorial, Guam (18-4): Same followers of island ball place the Friars maybe a half-step behind JFK.
6. Morrison Academy, Taiwan (27-8): Offensive powerhouse discovered defense in February, captured Asian Christian School Conference tournament title.
7. Matthew C. Perry, Japan (24-6): Played solidly in second straight Far East D-II finals loss; handed Yokota its only high school loss of the season.
8. Osan American, South Korea (17-4): Went 10-2 in final 12 games, won the Korean- American Interscholastic Activities Conference Blue Division tournament title, came up just short in Far East D-II.
9. George Washington, Guam (16-3): Geckos have gone 9-2 in their last 11 games, could be a sleeper come the IIAAG playoffs.
10. Seoul American (19-5): Finished below American School In Japan and St. Mary’s International at Far East D-I, but won KAIAC Blue regular-season title and had better overall body of work.
1. American School In Japan (20-3): Back-to-back Far East Division I titles, beating a Kadena team that handed the Mustangs their first loss since November during pool play.
2. Kadena, Okinawa (25-8): Four-time Oki-American shootout winners, but second at Far East D-I for the third time in four years.
3. Southern, Guam (12-1): Season complete.
4. Yokota, Japan (26-4): Capturing championship in their first small-schools appearance gave Panthers a Far East D-II title sweep.
5. Morrison Academy, Taiwan (22-9): Like Yokota, Mustangs gave Morrison an ACSC title sweep in the conference’s second season.
6. Nile C. Kinnick, Japan (14-9): For a team with precious little height, they gave it a Red Devil of a fight.
7. Okkodo, Guam (11-2): Season complete.
8. Robert D. Edgren, Japan (18-5): Runner-up in Eagles’ fourth Center-Court appearance; most of their losses came to Japanese opponents.
9. Seoul American (14-6): Finished lower than Kubasaki in Far East D-I, but won both the KAIAC Blue regular-season and tournament titles and had the better overall body of work.
10. Seoul Foreign (15-5): Maddie Thies and the Crusaders capped their season with an Asia-Pacific Activities Conference tournament title.
1. St. Mary’s International, Japan: Rockets to the top of these ratings by matching Far East tournament-record six individual gold medals, repeat of individual freestyle D-I team title.
2. Nile C. Kinnick, Japan: Stumbled just once, falling in freestyle team chase to Titans, but won everything else there was to win, including repeating Far East D-I dual-meet tournament title.
3. Seoul American: For a team that had far less preparation for Far East than their Kanto brethren, coaches Ben Pak and Julian Harden had the Falcons ready and they showed solid mettle.
4. Kadena, Okinawa: May have had the most talent on paper in the tournament, but again, lack of regular-season matches and tournaments on Okinawa did the Panthers no favors.
5. Robert D. Edgren: Repeating the Far East Division II individual and dual team titles gives the Eagles the last four D-II team golds.