HS basketball teams both finish second in WJAA tournaments

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The KIU Academy Flames had a good weekend on the basketball court. The boys traveled to Nagoya to play against 5 other international schools in their tournament, and the girls were at Marist Brothers with 4 other schools. 

On the first day, the boys played very good basketball, overcoming a scrappy Hokkaido Huskies team 65-57, and dominating the Sons of the Light 65-35. In the semifinal Saturday morning, the Flames played hard and beat Marist 49-38. This set up an afternoon final against the Dolphins on their home court. The Dolphins came out strong and quickly went ahead 10-2 closing out the first quarter with a commanding lead. The Flames battled back, but were not able to narrow the gap to less than 8 points, falling in the end, 48-34. The boys played well overall and would have liked to repeat the championship of the previous season, but coming in second was a good accomplishment after the loss of so many seniors last year.
Seiji Barrera was named to the tournament's all-star team; he led the team in points and consistently pulled down rebounds. Aaron Annan contributed significantly with his shooting and team leadership at the point guard position.

KIUA 65 Hokkaido 57

KIUA 65 Sons of the Light 35

KIUA 49 Marist 38

KIUA 34 Nagoya 48


HS Girls
The HS girls played well, but had to go up against a very strong Marist team in the final. The girls did their best, but could not match the Bulldogs. They were happy to be second, this time. Cindy Rohrer was named the Flames' MVP for the tournament.