Basketball: Humphreys boys remain on winning path

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Yongsan's Soo Lee and Humphreys' Jaedyn Jones chase down the ball during Saturday's 33-30 win by the Guardians over the host Blackhawks in Korea Blue girls basketball. Sean White/Special to Stars and Stripes
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Yongsan's Soo Lee and Humphreys' Jaedyn Jones chase down the ball during Saturday's 33-30 win by the Guardians over the host Blackhawks in Korea Blue girls basketball. Sean White/Special to Stars and Stripes

Basketball: Humphreys boys remain on winning path

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published: January 17, 2017

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea – Humphreys boys basketball returned to what is becoming familiar territory for them – first place in the Korea Blue Division after a pair of weekend victories.

The key one came Friday at Seoul Foreign, where Nate Hellams had 22 points and 12 rebounds as the Blackhawks upended the host Crusaders 53-49, the second loss of the season for Seoul Foreign. Humphreys had an easier time at home Saturday with Taejon Christian 76-37.

“It was a tough one; they’re always tough,” Blackhawks coach Ron Merriwether said. “I can’t say enough; it was a tough fight. No lead was safe.”

Alluding to the upcoming Korea Blue tournament Feb. 10-11 at Yongsan, Merriwether said he expects the event to be wide open. Humphreys lost in the finals of last year’s tournament to Seoul American. “It will come down to the matchups,” he said.

The Falcons got a monster afternoon from sophomore Quintin Metcalf, 19 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks, and even Caleb Lee, a freshman backup point guard, got into the act, hitting a 75-foot heave for three points as the first quarter ended.

“I’m sure it was a thrill for him,” coach Steve Boyd said. “That put the icing on the cake. For a freshman, he had the forethought that time was running out, realized it, shot it and lo and behold, it went in.”

Also wide open may be the Korea Blue girls race, in which the Falcons, Crusaders and Guardians came out of the weekend with one loss each. The Falcons downed TCIS 44-24 on Saturday, the Crusaders topped the Blackhawks 34-24 on Friday and the Guardians won on the road 38-11 at Daegu and 33-30 at Humphreys.

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