GAME 1: Sabers lose first game vs tourney favorites/2-time defending champs, SIS Tigers, 43-38. The Sabers spotted SIS an early 7-0 lead, and later outscored the Tigers 23-13 over the last 12 minutes of game, but the Sabers fell just short. Hiroya Kobayashi scored a career high 10 points. Good effort; positive feelings as we prepare for Asia Pacific International School.
The Sabers high school boys varsity team travels to Korea International School in Seoul for the 2016 AISA boys basketball championship tournament, January 28-31. Please click here to view the tourney program. Go Sabers!
AISA 2016 boys tournament updates
GAME 2: Sabers defeat the APIS Green Hawks by 11, 37-26. Great defense held APIS to fewer than 6 points per quarter over the final quarters. Aki Shigeyama has a great bounce-back game, scores 20, only 2 turnovers. Sabers play new AISA membership applicant school Busan International Foreign School tomorrow morning, 10:00 AM, for a spot in the semifinals (against host KIS). Stay tuned to the Sabers Facebook group page for updates. Go Sabers!
GAME 3: The Sabers suffered a surprising, demoralizing defeat to the Busan International Foreign School (BISF) Bears, 34-30. The Sabers next play at 14:15 vs APIS in the 5th-6th place game. Time to bounce back, Sabers.
GAME 4, 5th-6th place game: Sabers defeat APIS for the second time in 2 days, 40-27, a comprehensive victory giving SOIS fifth place in the AISA tourney and a good feeling at the end. One special "feel good" bit: the Sabers' sole senior, Kan Sawabe, playing in his final game in the purple and black, scored the game's first and last points and dribbled out the victory at the end, mobbed by his teammates. Well done, Sabers. Already looking forward to next year.
steadily over the season and contributed key baskets throughout the tournament. The Sabers struggled in the final 3 games without star power forward Sean Matsuura, who injured his hand in the opening game victory.
Other members of the team were Sosuke Egami, Daisuke Oto, Ken Taniuchi, Yugo Mima, Kotaro Minamiguchi, Teru Hasegawa, Keito Morimoto, and EJ Shina. Coaches were Peter Heimer and Michael Routh.
The JV season is now over. The Sabers JV players now look forward to next year with aspirations of making the varsity squad.