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MIL boys basketball All-Stars: A tale of two guards
April 13, 2012 - Robert Collias
Baldwin's Gabe Ross and Seabury Hall's Shane Jacob dominated their respective Divisions in the MIL this basketball season.
Ross averaged 16 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds per game, while Jacopb boosted his scoring average to 18.9 points with a late-season burst, while also leading his team in assists and steals, being second in rebounds and blocks. Both carried their teams to finals fours in the state tournaments and MIL titles and were unanimous choices as MIL Players of the Year, in Division I and II, respectively. Unanimous doesn't happen very often and I believe this is the first time it has been so in both divisions in the same season.
Here is the start of my story that ran Wednesday:
They met only once in their senior seasons, but have no doubt - Baldwin High School's Gabe Ross and Seabury Hall's Shane Jacob know all about each other.
The pair of point guards led their teams to Maui Interscholastic League boys basketball titles and final-four appearances in state tournaments. For their efforts, both were voted The Maui News MIL Players of the Year unanimously by the coaches in their divisions.
Ross, the latest in a line of impressive Baldwin guards, helped the Bears to third place in the Division I state tournament, matching their best finish ever. The only real damper on a 26-4 season was a loss to No. 1 seed and eventual state champion Punahou, snapping an 18-game winning streak and dropping Baldwin to 0-11 in state semifinals.
The individual award was a surprise for the 5-foot-11 playmaker, who averaged 16.0 points per game.
"It is just nothing I really ever thought of doing, I guess it came with hard work," Ross said after volleyball practice Monday. "The last time we won the MIL championship was my freshman year and that was always my goal, to have my senior year be just as good or if not better than it was my freshman year. I had a lot of fun this year."
Ross, who is considering McDaniels College in Maryland and Concordia in Oregon to continue his career, is joined on the MIL Division I first team by Baldwin center Pasoni Tasini and forward Teva Eldridge, and King Kekaulike guard Jansen Agapay and forward Chase Iwata-Bartelme.
Baldwin coach Wayne Gushiken was the choice of his peers as MIL Coach of the Year, nudging out King Kekaulike coach Bill Naylor, who led Na Alii to the state tournament for the first time in school history.
"This year he really dedicated himself, especially in the offseason and the preseason," Gushiken said of Ross. "To the point where during our offseason running program, he was running two miles in 13 minutes. I don't know how many other basketball players can do that."
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