WARRIORS VS THE SHARKS IN TODAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP VARSITY BASKETBALL GAME
It has come down to the top two teams in this year’s American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Boys Varsity Basketball finals. Perhaps the biggest rivals in ASHSAA basketball history will be meeting today, as the #1 seed and defending champion Tafuna Warriors will be taking on the #2 seed and winner of nine straight games, the Samoana Sharks. The game will be taking place today at the Tafuna High School gymnasium with a scheduled starting time of 4:30 p.m.
The Semi-Finals that took place this past Tuesday, had the Fa’asao Marist Crusaders traveling to Samoana. In the first half of this highly anticipated match-up, the Crusaders came out attacking the boards in an attempt to get the Sharks big men in foul trouble early in the game. But the Sharks did not win nine straight games by being lazy, and they stood their ground with discipline.
The Crusaders were able to keep the game close in the first half, but similar to their last match-up, which the Sharks won, the second half of this game belonged to the Sharks as they were able to put the game out of reach for the victory by a score of 50-37.
In the other Semi-Finals game Tuesday, the Leone Lions went to the home of the Warriors to see if they could do what they did earlier this year—and that was defeat the Warriors. However, the Warriors defense stepped up to the challenge on Tuesday, with that tenacious style of play that they have been known for all season.
And, once the Warriors defense does their job, it opens the door for their offense and that is exactly what happened on Tuesday. The Warriors made sure that they were going to work both sides of the ball putting their high scoring offense in-sync with their defense enroute to victory over the Lions by a score of 62-50.
In the finals today, the Sharks will try to utilize their size and their ten-streak win (count their semi-final victory) momentum to get by the defending champions and bring the trophy to Samoana High School.
The Sharks big men will have to take charge under the boards if they wish to pull out the victory. The Warriors on the other-hand, will definitely have the home crowd advantage on their side. If the Warriors outside shooters are allowed to get warmed up, they will indeed turn into a scoring machine. These two teams have met twice this season, with each winning one and losing one.