Sharks are Boys Varsity Basketball Champs
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.
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
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
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.
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