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TINA DAVIS/SPECIAL TO STRIPES

Basketball: Kadena boys triumph in Okinawa tourney

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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – Blake Dearborn and Kadena ended a four-year title drought in the Okinawa-American Friendship Basketball Tournament on Sunday.

The junior center just missed a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing nine rebounds as the Panthers won the tournament for a record fifth time since its inception in 2007, but had to hold off Oroku, a Japanese team, 38-37 in Sunday’s final.

“That was a nail biter,” Panthers first-year coach Antiwon Tucker said. Kadena was leading by that final margin when it turned the ball over with three seconds left. Oroku then missed a shot to win it as the buzzer sounded. Oroku is the third-rated Japanese team on island.

Casey Cox, Eric McCarter and Kai Morris each added eight points for the Panthers. Skyler King pulled down 10 rebounds.

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