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Highschool Basketball: all-asian team stuns #2 ranked St. Ignatius in overtime

A bay area high school basketball team comprising of mostly asians is making some headlines.  The team is almost entirely made up of sub 6-feet asian basketball players.  But they’re not just playing for fun, they’re also winning.  They currently have an 11-1 record. According to Jeremy Balan,

“They’re just looking for respect,” Coach Yaptinchay said of his senior-laden group. “Everyone looks at us and looks at our lineup — we’re all a bunch of short Asian kids for the most part and we don’t have a guy over 6-foot — but they play with tremendous heart and that’s the big thing. It’s a huge win for them.”

One of the standouts on the Westmoor team is 5’10” senior center Wai Min. According to Jeremy Balan,

“He’s been a four-year starter for us and he’s been our team captain the last three years,” Yaptinchay said of Min. “Again, he’s underrated. They look at him and think he’s a 5-foot-10 Asian kid that can’t do anything, but he’s got tremendous competitiveness, jumps out of the gym and gets boards over everybody, and he’s playing center on defense. It’s all about heart.”

Scoring Leaders


Wai Min – 24

Errol Fernandez – 21

Eric Liang – 14

John Mayuga – 14

Alton Chen – 2

St. Ignatius

Julian Marcu – 18

Trevor Dunbar – 17

Jaren Yang – 16

Tristan Wentworth – 13

Troy Rike – 10

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