Seward takes 2 from Bulldogs

Nikiski basketball can't complete comeback in either game

The Seward boys basketball team shook off Nikiski in the final minute of play with four points worth of free throws to win 52-47 Saturday night at Nikiski in Southcentral Conference play.


This came after a similar situation in the girls game, which ended up 60-46 with Seward on top.

Jalen Terry led Seward’s boys effort with 14 points, including two crucial free throws which put the game away for good with three seconds left. Terry sank 8 of 9 total free throws. Other top Seahawks scorers were Jeff Buchanan with 11 points and Logan Clemens with nine, all which were 3-pointers. 

Senior forward Lucas Herrin was the Bulldogs top contributor with 16 points, and cited physical play near the end that ultimately cost them the victory. 

“We needed to box out more, and not get so many fouls,” Herrin said. “I felt pretty good, and my mental focus was there. Me and Colton (Anderson) have been practicing at 6:30 every day, with some one-on-one drills.”

Anderson put up some impressive numbers himself, with 12 points in the game, including three 3-pointers in the first half that had the Bulldogs leading by a point at halftime. 

However, Seward was able to convert 19 of 30 free throws to seal the victory when it counted. Stephen Hartley hit a 3-pointer with 1:12 to play in the game to cut the lead to 48-47, but Seward held Nikiski scoreless the rest of the way and hit four free throws.

“We’re nine-deep on the bench, and the guys have accepted their roles,” Seward head coach Dan Krier said. “We are practicing role play so guys get used to being both on the court and on the bench. The depth of this team is improved, and with Jalen’s rebounds we can go pretty far.” 

The coach is happy with the progress of his team.

“This is a good conference win, so I’m pretty happy,” Krier said. “We just need to continue working on slowing down and not panicking when we have the ball.”

Nikiski is not ready to concede just yet, however. When asked what the goal is for the season, Herrin summed it up in one word.


Seward girls 60, Nikiski 46

Nikiski senior guard Savannah Griffel had a big night, scoring 26 points en route to a loss to Seward Saturday night at Nikiski. Griffel made 13 of 14 free throws, including all of her 10 attempts in the fourth quarter, but was not able to erase the big lead Seward built early on.

“I felt much better tonight than in other games, and we took a huge step in the right direction,” Griffel said. 

Within a two-minute period in the fourth quarter, Nikiski had 12 unanswered points, half of which were from Griffel. That cut the lead to five.

However, in the last 90 seconds, Seward held the Bulldogs scoreless, and tallied nine points of their own to put the nail on the coffin.

“We really needed this, as it’s our first game back from break, and it’s nice to get the ‘W,’” Seward head coach Curtis Berry said. “We don’t have much depth at this point, but it is getting better. Everyone contributed in some way tonight, and we’re going to continue to build as a team.” 

Jessica Stallings had 14 points for Seward, and Chelsey Clarke produced 12 points in the game.

Nikiski will host the Nikiski Tip-Off on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


Saturday boys

Seahawks 52, Bulldogs 47



SEWARD (52) — Terry 3 8-9 14, Buchanan 3 3-5 11, Clemens 3 0-0 9, Moore 2 4-6 8, O’Leary 1 3-8 5, Thomassen 1 1-2 3, Haddow 1 0-0 2, Stovall 0 0-0 0, Marshall 0 0-0 0. Totals — 14 19-30 52. 

NIKISKI (47) — Herrin 7 1-1 16, Anderson 3 3-4 12, Hartley 4 0-1 10, Carlson 1 2-2 4, Griffith 1 0-0 3, Johnson 1 0-2 2, Parrish 0 0-0 0. Totals — 17 6-10 47.

3-point goals — Seward 5 (Clemens 3, Buchanan 2); Nikiski 7 (Anderson 3, Hartley 2, Herrin 1, Griffith 1).

Team fouls — Seward 13, Nikiski 23. Fouled out — none.


Saturday girls

Seahawks 60, Bulldogs 46



SEWARD (60) — Stallings 7 0-0 14, Clarke 5 2-4 12, Perea 4 3-6 11, Berry 3 0-0 8, Zweifel 3 2-2 8, Von Borstel 2 0-0 4, Adelmann 1 1-1 3, Kromrey 0 0-0 0. Totals — 25 8-13 60.

NIKISKI (46) — Griffel 5 13-14 26, Thompson 3 1-2 8, Martin 3 0-0 6, Holloway 1 0-0 2, Wallis 1 0-0 2, Darch 1 0-0 2, Epperheimer 0 0-0 0, Dixon 0 0-1 0, Holloway 0 0-0 0, Cook 0 0-0 0. Totals — 14 14-17 46. 

3-point goals — Seward 2 (Berry 2); Nikiski 4 (Griffel 3, Thompson 1). Team fouls — Seward 17, Nikiski 17. Fouled out — none.



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