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Tafuna Warriors still the team to beat

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Logan Tago (right) of the Samoana High School Sharks Basketball team is seen here blocking a shot against Elu Aydon of the Leone Lions this past Tuesday in an ASHSAA Boys Varsity Basketball game. The Sharks defeated the Lions by a score of 48-45. Tago led all scorers with 15 points. [photo: Jeff Hayner]

This year’s American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Boys Varsity Basketball season is heating up to be perhaps one of the more exciting seasons, despite the defending champion Tafuna Warriors pulling out all of the stops in an attempt to defend their championship title.
 
At the season opener on Monday, the Warriors were up to par in their play by defeating the Samoan Sharks in game one. The Sharks in many people’s mind, was the team that had the best chance to dethrone the champions, but due to a slow and sluggish start, this season just might not be as productive as predicted for the Sharks.
 
 After the thrashing the Sharks received on Monday courtesy of the Warriors, the Sharks barely defeated the Leone Lions this past Tuesday at Samoana, squeaking by with a score of 48-45. The Sharks did, however improve on the Free Throw line, a problem that plagued them against the Warriors. The good news for the Sharks is, that they had the day off yesterday, and they will probably use it to rest up and prepare themselves for the Fa’asao Marist Crusaders who they will be facing today at the Malaeloa gymnasium. The other game scheduled for today is the Lions making a trip to the Warriors.
 
The Crusaders played their first game of the season on Tuesday against the Nu’uuli Voc-Tech Wildcats. The Crusaders came off a good showing last week in the Pre-Season tournament and entered the regular season against the Wildcats with a bounce in their step, defeating the Wildcats by a score of 56-44.
 
Being led by Pre-Season All-Tournament team pick at Power Forward, Oliver Afoa and Mafoa Lafaele who earned the Leadership Award in the tournament last week, the Crusaders should have a very productive season. With the Sharks on the ropes at this time, struggling to get off to a good start, the Crusaders have a good chance at surpassing them quickly early on in the season. If that does occur, it could no doubt be a confidence booster the Crusaders can build on for the rest of the season.
 
The South Pacific Academy Dolphins who after many years decided to suit up a team a couple of years ago, is still struggling to win more than two games in a season. They have also been known as the team with ‘the most heart’, the name that the 2011-2012 team earned due to their willingness to play hard each time they stepped onto the court despite some huge losses, which gained them fans from all teams. Their third season will see if some of that heart is still left, along with two years of experience, which should help them be competitive this year.
 
To finish out the first week of play tomorrow (Friday), the Dolphins will play the Vikings at Samoana, while the Warriors will be at home against the Wildcats.
 
The two games scheduled for yesterday (Wednesday) between the Faga’itua Vikings versus the Crusaders and the Wildcats taking on the Dolphins, Samoa News was not able to retrieve the scores as of press time. All of these games have a scheduled starting time of 4:30 p.m. ASHSAA sports invites the public out to all of the games in support of its athletes. The schedule is subject to change without notice to Samoa News or the public. Keep reading Samoa News for the latest updates in this years ASHSAA Boys Varsity Basketball season.

The Nu’uuli Voc-Tech Boys Varsity Basketball team will be competing in this year’s ASHSAA Boys Varsity Basketball season where they will be trying to bring home to their school, the championship trophy that currently belongs to the Tafuna Warriors. [photo: Jeff Hayner]


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