Minatoya powers Rakunan to title

Kyoto’s powerhouse Rakunan High School crushed Hokuriku High School of Fukui Prefecture 104-82 in the final of the 37th All Japan High School Basketball Tournament (the Winter Cup) at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Saturday.

Senior player Arekushisu Minatoya scored 40 points to lead Rakunan, which grabbed its first Winter Cup title in four years.

Earlier, Fukuoka University Ohori High School defeated Tokyo’s Hachioji High School 109-90 in the third-place game.