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WHITTIER, Calif. – For the first time in his career senior guard Louis Kurihara (Culver City, Calif.) has received recognition on an All-SCIAC team being named to the 2nd Team announced by the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) office Thursday.
Kurihara was the lone four-year letterwinner in this year's senior class and what a final season he had playing in 15 SCIAC contests totaling 216 points within conference play averaging 14.4 points per game. He was the Poets top deep threat knocking down 38 three-pointers, while shooting 40% from deep. He was also at a 47% clip from the field.
Along with his shooting he also added 50 rebounds, 18 assists, and 15 steals. Within SCIAC he ranked No. 4 in three-pointers made, No. 9 in three-point percentage, No. 4 in free-throw percentage, No. 1 in assist to turnover ratio, No. 15 in points, and No. 13 in points per game.
During SCIAC play he registered double digit scoring efforts on 11 different occasions, which included seven straight games. His highest scoring mark was 23 points against Cal Lutheran on January 31 when he shot 69% from the field with five three-pointers. During the year he was named the SCIAC Athlete of the Week twice and has two game winning shots on his record, coming against Redlands on January 27 and again on February 10 on the road against Occidental.
David Wells Athlete of the Year – Michael Scarlett (Claremont-M-S)
SCIAC Newcomer of the Year – Reed Smith (Chapman)
Ted Ducey Award – David Kawashima (Caltech)
SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year – Ken Scalmanini (Claremont-M-S)