Samoana Sharks Varsity team, after their 35-31, hard fought victory over the Crusaders, where the action was high flying and fast. [photo: Jeff Hayner]

The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) boys basketball kicked off its first games of the 2011-2012 season, this past Monday evening, with the Samoana Sharks playing host to the Fa’asao Marist Crusaders at Sharksville and the Faga’itua Vikings traveling to the home of the Lions, to battle it out with Leone.

The Samoana Sharks Varsity team, won 35-31, in a hard fought victory over the Crusaders, where the action was high flying and fast.

Arthur Husseini led the Sharks in scoring, as the Junior sank 5 buckets, with a 3-pointer from down town, on his way to a total of 13 points for the night. The Crusaders’ Brock Goodwin matched Husseini’s points, with 13 of his own – 9 of which came in the 2nd period of play.

In the Junior Varsity game, the Sharks took the victory as well, over the Crusaders, with the game coming down to the wire, as the Sharks pulled out a narrow win, by a score of 31-30.

Leading scorer for the JV game was the Crusaders’ Rodenno Tarray, who had 12 points. Tarray sank 5 of 12 free throws, hit a 3-pointer in the 2nd period, with one bucket inside the paint in the 1st and 3rd periods.

In Leone, before a standing room only crowd, the Lions and the Vikings battled back and forth in the Varsity game in a great match up, only to see both teams walk away with a tie at the end of the game, 30-30.

In the Junior Varsity match up, Faga’itua was able to pull out the victory by a score of 26-19, despite a very loud pro Lion crowd.

 ASHSAA basketball coordinator Valusia Talataina said, “We had a great start of the boys basketball season. Hopefully, everything will go well throughout the season. I wish all of the teams the best of luck in this 2011-2012 season. The invitation stays open for the public to come out to all of the games.”


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