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Sharks are Boys Varsity Basketball Champs

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The Samoana Sharks Boys Varsity Basketball team won this year’s American Samoa High School Athletic Association Boys Varsity Basketball championship finals when they defeated the defending champion Tafuna Warriors last Saturday by a score of 68-53. [photo: Jeff Hayner]

There is a new ‘King of the Hill’ in this year’s American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Boys Varsity Basketball Division. Last Saturday, the #2 seeded Samoana Sharks went into the home of the #1 seeded defending champion Tafuna Warriors to see if they could bring the championship trophy to Sharksville.
 
In front of a full house with as many Sharks fans as there were Warrior fans, each team put it all on the line in a championship game that will be remembered for years to come that had the Sharks taking the victory by a score of 68-53.
 
The Warriors came out attacking the boards challenging the big men of the Sharks, but the strategy didn’t work. From the beginning of the game, the Sharks stood their ground and stopped the attack in its tracks. The Warriors did manage to keep the game close toward the end of the first half; but unfortunately for the Warriors, the Sharks just got stronger in the second half.
 
The Warriors, who were led by Toloa Seti scoring 21 points, could not stop the offensive attack and the hard pressure defense of the Sharks, led by the championship game's Most Valuable Player, Logan Tago who had 19 points and numerous rebounds — along with numerous steals and two blocked shots. The game's leading scorer was the Sharks’ Faauuga Naiuli, who had a season high of 28 points.
 
Here is how the ASHSAA Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball season ended with the awards given out after the championship game last Saturday.
 
VARSITY:
 
Champions:            Samoana Sharks
 
2nd Place:            Tafuna Warriors
 
Season Most Valuable Player:            Oliver Afoa — Fa’asao Marist Crusaders
 
Championship Game Most Valuable Player:            Logan Tago — Samoana Sharks
 
Coach of the Year:            Tavita Lemisio — Samoana Sharks
 
JUNIOR VARSITY:
 
Champions:            Faga’itua Vikings
 
2nd Place:            Samoana Sharks
 
Season Most Valuable Player:            Faaolataga Seti Sailele — Faga’itua Vikings
 
Coach of the Year:            Paia Toeava — Faga’itua Vikings
 
OTHER NEWS
 
In other ASHSAA basketball news, the ASHSAA girls basketball season began last Saturday with the Junior Varsity taking to the courts first, while Varsity began yesterday.
 
Varsity Girls games today are the Nu’uuli VocTech Wildcats versus the Fa’asao Marist Cougars at the Malaeloa gymnasium, while the Sharks host the Leone Lions. The Varsity Girls play during the week, while the Junior Varsity girls play on Saturdays only.
 
Weekly Varsity games have a scheduled starting time of 4:30, while the Saturday JV games have a scheduled starting time of 8:00 a.m.
 
ASHSAA invites the public out to all of its sporting events in support of its athletes. Schedule is subject to change without notice.
 
Keep up with the latest news in ASHSAA sports — read Samoa News or samoanews.com

Oliver Afoa (left) of the Fa’asao Marist High School Crusaders Boys Varsity Basketball team, was named American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) 2014 Season Most Valuable Player in this year’s Boy’s Varsity Basketball division. Presenting the award was Tafuna High School Principal and ASHSAA President Beauty Tuiasosopo. Afoa helped his team to a third place overall finish in the division where he averaged just over 16 points per game. [photo: Jeff Hayner]
Logan Tago (left) of the Samoana High School Sharks Boys Varsity Basketball team receiving his Game’s Most Valuable Player award he earned last Saturday during the American Samoa High School Athletic Association Boys Varsity Basketball Championship Finals. Tago who is receiving the award from Tafuna High School Principal and ASHSAA President Beauty Tauiasosopo last Saturday, helped lead his Sharks to victory over the defending champion Tafuna Warriors where he scored 19 points for the Sharks.


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