Boys Basketball: Kubasaki boys enjoy breakout quarter

Boys Basketball: Kubasaki boys enjoy breakout quarter

by Jun Sakahira
Stars and Stripes

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa – It took more than two seasons after sitting out 2016-17 with a damaged ankle, but Dylan Canlas finally enjoyed a breakout performance in a truly breakout quarter for Kubasaki’s boys basketball team.

The senior guard played a pivotal role in the final 33 seconds, hitting a basket and four foul shots and making a crucial steal in the closing seconds to boost the Dragons to a 63-58 comeback win Saturday over Taipei American at Ryukyu Middle School gym.

“I’ve been waiting for a game like this,” Canlas said. “We’re the underdog, so we gotta show out. And we did.”

The Dragons trailed the Tigers, in town for a four-game exchange with Okinawa’s DODEA teams, by 16 points after three quarters, but outscored the Tigers 31-10 in the final frame, taking the lead for good on Canlas’ driving layup 59-58 with 33 seconds left.

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