King boys defend WJAA hoops tourney title
KOBE, Japan – Having suffered close, last-minute losses to Matthew C. Perry and Zama, E.J. King wanted to rise in a similar situation instead of falling, and picked Saturday’s finals of the Western Japan Athletic Association Tournament to do it.
Dijon Johnson had 19 points and Jacob Lyle 17 and the Cobras blew past host Canadian Academy in the final, outscoring the Falcons 15-8 in the fourth quarter for a 56-53 win, King’s second straight tournament title.
“We kind of felt it was our time,” coach Scott Jarrard said. “It was a hard-fought game. Canadian Academy, they’re all heart. They played as hard as anybody we’ve seen. But our kids stayed with it.”
Dave Ornauer of Stars and Stripes contributed to this report.