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Snider grad Akilah Sims helps Finnish team win league championship

Snider graduate Akilah Sims helped her Kotka Peli-Karhut team in Finland win the league championship. (Photo courtesy of the Kymen Sanomat newspaper)

Former Snider High School hoops standout Akilah Sims was recently named to first team of the Finnish Korisliiga Women’s League, as well as to the All-Imports Team.

Sims helped lead her Kotka Peli-Karhut team to the league championship by averaging 18.2 points and 9.7 rebounds over 37 games.

The 5-foot-10 forward who graduated from Snider in 2012 and IUPUI in 2016 was big in the championship series against Catz. Sims averaged 13.6 points and 9.4 rebounds as PeKa triumphed in five games to win the title. Sims was exceptional in an 82-71 victory in Game 4, dropping 26 points while connecting on 6-of-7 shots from three-point range. According to Sims’ mother Kevia Sims-Phillips, Akilah actually broke her hand in that game, but battled through the injury to score three points and grab 12 rebounds in the clinching Game 5.

“I’ve experienced a lot of adversity this year, seeing that I fractured my ankle mid-season in December then…broke my hand in Game 4,” Sims said. “But we overcame as a team and made it all worth it.”

This past season was Sims’ second with Kotka Peli-Karhut. She signed with the team in November of 2016, averaging 18.1 points and 9.7 rebounds in 29 games in the 2016-17 season while earning the league’s Rookie of the Year award.

“I am grateful,” Sims said. “Thanks to everyone who has supported me, to the city of Fort Wayne and, of course, the country of Finland.”

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