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Skyview’s Preston Penrod passes the ball around Houston’s Russell Ruta in the third period Friday at the 23rd Annual Era Aviation Tip Off Tournament at Nikiski High School.

Houston boys, Dillingham girls wear Tip Off crowns

Posted: January 14, 2012 - 11:35pm
Photo by M. Scott Moon
Skyview’s Richard Reynolds goes up for a shot in the third period against Houston on Friday during the 23rd Annual Era Aviation Tip Off Tournament at Nikiski High School.

The 23rd annual Nikiski Tip Off Tournament ended Saturday with a multitude of awards given and athletes recognized. The boys team championship went to the Houston Hawks, while the Dillingham Wolverines ended up the girls team champions.

Second place went to the Skyview boys and Houston girls. 

The all-tournament boys team consisted of Jared Miller and Kendall Alverado of Dillingham, Lucas Herrin and Colton Anderson of Nikiski, and DJ Diaz of Skyview. 

The all-tournament girls team included Savannah Griffel and Koey Dixon of Nikiski, Kristin Smeaton and Tiera Schroeder of Dillingham, and Jenae Shannon of Houston. 

MVP honors went to Scott Kramer for the boys, and Savanna James for the girls, both from Houston. 

The boys free-throw title went to Cole Schlagel from Dillingham, and the girls free-throw title went to Savannah Griffel of Nikiski. Both made 21 out of 25 free-throw attempts. 

The boys 3-point champion was Colton Anderson of Nikiski, while Savanna James of Houston won the girls 3-point title. Both made 15 shots. 

Friday’s games 

The second day of the 23rd annual Nikiski Tip Off Tournament did not end well for the home teams. Both boys and girls teams lost to overpowering Dillingham on Friday night at Nikiski. 

The Wolverines won the girls game 53-33 and the boys game 60-47.

The Nikiski boys kept the game close, trailing 28-26 at halftime, and outscoring Dillingham 17-9 in the second quarter. However, Dillingham pulled away in the fourth quarter to win. 

Dillingham had four players with point totals in the double digits, with senior Justin Braswell topping them with 19 points. Juniors Cade Schlagel and Kendell Alvarado had 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Senior Lucas Herrin of Nikiski put up 22 points, and senior teammate Colton Anderson had 12 for the night. 

“I felt pretty good, I had a lot more focus today, just on the rims and basketball,” Herrin said. “We need to work on shot selection, and we did good tonight, but it’s about transitions, so that’s what we need to focus on for tomorrow.”

Despite the loss, Nikiski coach Reid Kornstad said some positive things happened on the court.

“We worked together much better than last night, trying to come together has been somewhat up-and-down,” Nikiski head coach Reid Kornstad said. “There were several times the boys could have put the game away and didn’t, but Dillingham was just a little too much.

“I did feel good about our commitment to staying together. When things aren’t going right on the scoreboard it’s really easy to become negative, so we’ve been able to stay positive.”

Dillingham head coach Deon Lopez said this game made up for a previous beat down from the Bulldogs. 

“They wanted revenge,” Lopez said. “We got blown away by twenty-something points last year, and they came out determined and ready. They came out playing defense with their feet and not their hands, stayed out of foul trouble, and were aggressive. 

“We’re doing good, and this is only our fourth game of the year, so as long as we stay out of trouble, we’ll be fine. These kids are anxious about this season.” 

Dillingham girls 53,
Nikiski 33

The Dillingham girls had a big third quarter to put the game away against the Nikiski Bulldogs, outscoring their opponents 18-6, including a stretch of 14 unanswered points. 

“At halftime I told them to turn around, play with a little intensity, play with a little swagger, be confident when you’re shooting those shots,” Dillingham head coach Levi Duca said. “Sure enough, things started turning around, and we started getting more transitions and layups.”

Sophomore guard Tiera Schroeder topped the Dillingham girls with 21 points. 

Nikiski had eight girls score points, with senior Dylan Holloway leading the way with 11 points, and senior Savannah Griffel contributing nine points. 

 “We lost Savannah for a bit because she got in foul trouble and got run over, so as a team I thought that would affect us a lot more,” senior guard Koey Dixon said. “We stuck together, but they got in our face and stressed us out, even though we played better as a team.

“We need to work on turnovers, smart passing and being smart and assertive with the ball.”

Nikiski head coach Scott Anderson said Dillingham controlled the tempo of the game from the get-go. 

“We need to be more ready to play, we need to learn to handle pressure on the court, and take care of the ball, not turn it over, and it really came down to who was tougher,” Anderson said.

Houston boys 53,
Skyview 47

Houston continued its tournament winning streak.

Phillip Pease of Houston had 14 points, Theo Stone had 13, and tournament MVP Kramer closed with 12 points. 

DJ Diaz of Skyview had a big night, putting in a total 23 points. In fact, Skyview was leading by a point at halftime.

However, Houston had a big fourth quarter, outscoring the Panthers 20-8 to take the victory. 

The Skyview boys ended the three-game tournament with a 2-1 record, which earned them the runner-up spot for the title. Houston won the team championship with a perfect 3-0 record. 

Houston girls 45,
Skyview 22

Girls MVP James scored 20 points against the Panthers to help the Hawks to an overwhelming victory Friday night at Skyview. 

James had 12 points in the first quarter alone to push Houston to an insurmountable lead. 

Chelsey Ahlers and Brianne Pearson led Skyview’s effort with eight and six points, respectively. 

The Houston girls ended the three-game tournament with a 2-1 record, while Skyview finished 0-3. 

Saturday’s games

The Nikiski boys basketball team was trailing by a single point behind Houston with 17 seconds left in the game, but all it took was two free throws by Phillip Pease and a layup from Russell Ruta and the Tip Off champions Houston Hawks won their third game in three days, besting the Bulldogs 48-43. 

Scott Kramer of Houston put up 18 points, and said the team really focused down the stretch.

“We stepped up when we needed to, hit the big shots, and played good defense,” he said.

Senior Lucas Herrin racked up 27 points, the most for a Nikiski player.

Kramer said the depth of the team is what contributed to that award.

“It feels good. I thought there were other guys on my team that did just as much, so obviously I wouldn’t be MVP without my team,” he said.

“It came down to who could knock down the most shots at the end, and we hit the big shots, and they missed a couple right towards the end,” Houston head coach Dave Porter said.

“I wish I could have shot better,” Nikiski senior Colton Anderson said. “We executed a lot better than the first game (on Thursday), but I think we could have gotten to the post better and little things could have been the difference. 

“Lincoln (Johnson) fouled on the last layup, and I told him to bring it all the way down and don’t let them get a shot up, but he was hustling his heart out.”

Overall, the three day tournament provided a great learning experience for the four teams that participated.

“We learned to execute better, and we are continuing to just sharpen that knife,” Anderson said.

Porter made a similar judgement. 

“We started off playing some tough competition at the start of this tournament, and now we’re sitting at five wins and four losses (for the season). This is good experience for us because we go on to battle North Pole, Lathrop and West Valley in our conference, and those are powerhouse teams. I think we have a legitimate chance this year in our conference.”

“I think the team really came together this weekend,” Kramer said. “We’ve won this tournament three years in a row now, so we came and do it with a chip on our shoulder, knowing everyone is out to get us.”

The Nikiski boys team ended the three-game tournament with a 0-3 record.

Houston girls 40, Nikiski 26

Houston finished strong to record their second win in three days at the Nikiski Tip Off Tournament, recording a strong fourth quarter to beat host Nikiski Saturday afternoon.

Tournament MVP Savanna James from Houston showed up to play, as she totaled 23 points. 

“What worked today is that everybody played as a team, it wasn’t just one or two people,” James said. “The players on the floor paid more attention to me, by double-teaming and other stuff, and it opened up everyone else, so it gave them an opportunity.”

“The girls moved the ball well, controlling the time of the clock,” Houston head coach Pat Egelus said. “We’re very young and inexperienced, and we have a couple seniors out there helping the others. This is our third tournament this year, and every game we are improving.”

Savannah Griffel of Nikiski had six points in the game, as well did teammate Koey Dixon.

“I felt like we fell back a level in this game,” Griffel said. “We were pushing it in the fourth quarter, and we were not shooting well, that’s all.” 

Griffel said she learned a few things during the three-day tournament. 

“I feel I need to go in and try for the rebound, and not stand on the outside waiting,” she said.

The Nikiski girls finished the three-game tournament with a 1-2 record. Houston ended up finishing with a 2-1 record and runner-up honors in the tournament. 

Dillingham girls 73,
Skyview 36

Kristin Smeaton and Tiera Schroeder combined for 39 points as they led a barrage on Skyview on Saturday afternoon. 

Smeaton totaled 20 points, and Schroeder had 19. 

Senior Chelsey Ahlers and sophomore Samantha Reynolds led Skyview’s effort with eight points and seven points, respectively. 

The Dillingham girls team ended the three-game tournament with a 3-0 record and the team championship. The Skyview team concluded with a 0-3 record for the weekend. 

Skyview boys 52,
Dillingham 40

Albert White returned from a sprained ankle injury to put up 16 points against Dillingham Saturday afternoon at Skyview.

The seniors run also included three 3-pointers, and that, along with 11 points from DJ Diaz, was enough to hold off the Wolverines.

Jared Miller of Dillingham had 15 points, and Kendall Alvarado had 10 on the night.

The Skyview boys produced a 2-1 record for the three-game tournament, while Dillingham also ended up 2-1.

 

Friday boys

Bulldogs 47, Wolverines 60

Nikiski9171110 47

Dillingham1991616 60 

Nikiski (47) — Anderson 3 4-4 12, Johnson 0 0-2 0, Hartley 3 2-2 9, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Herrin 10 0-0 22, Griffith 1 0-0 2, Parrish 1 0-1 2, Taylor 0 0-0 0. Totals – 18 6-9 47. 

Dillingham (60) — Savo 0 0-0 0, Flensburg 1 0-0 3, Miller 3 5-7 11, Cole Schlagel 0 0-0 0, Cade Schlagel 6 0-0 14, Braswell 9 0-0 19, Alvarado 6 1-4 13. Totals – 25 6-11 60. 

3-point goals — Nikiski 5 (Anderson 2, Herrin 2, Hartley 1); Dillingham 4 (Ca. Schlagel 2, Braswell 1, Flensburg 1). Team fouls — Nikiski 14, Dillingham 13. Fouled out — none.

 

Hawks 53, Panthers 47

Houston1412720—53

Skyview1314128—47

HOUSTON (53) — Baron 2 1-2 5, Saecho 2 0-0 4, Kramer 5 2-7 12, Taylor 1 0-0 3, R. Ruta 0 0-1 0, Richey 1 0-0 2, Kleewien 0 0-0 0, Stone 6 1-3 13, Pease 3 8-10 14. Totals — 20 12-23 53.

SKYVIEW (47) — Reynolds 3 2-2 8, Harling 0 2-2 2, Collier 0 0-0 0, White 1 0-0 2, Jones 2 0-1 6, Penrod 3 0-0 6, Hilbish 1 0-0 2, Schwartz 0 0-0 0, Diaz 11 1-6 23. Totals — 21 5-11 47.

3-point goals — Houston 1 (Taylor 1); Skyview 1 (Jones 1). Team fouls — Houston 11, Skyview 19. Fouled out — none.

 

Friday girls

Hawks 45, Panthers 22

Houston171567—45

Skyview7429—22

HOUSTON (45) — Belanger 1 0-0 2, Lee 0 0-2 0, James 9 2-3 20, K. Nida 0 0-0 0, S. Nida 1 0-2 2, Baybado 3 1-1 7, Shannon 3 0-0 8, Barber 0 0-0 0, Apangalook 0 0-0 0, Wells 1 0-0 2, Irvin 2 0-0 4, Knutson 0 0-0 0. Totals — 20 3-8 45.

SKYVIEW (22) — Halverson 1 1-1 3, Ahlers 2 4-6 8, D. Derflinger 0 0-0 0, Tromblee 0 0-0 0, Ramsell 0 0-0 0, O’Toole 0 0-0 0, Reynolds 1 0-0 2, Malatesta 1 0-2 3, Pearson 2 2-2 6. Totals — 7 7-11 22.

3-point goals — Houston 2 (Shannon 2); Skyview 1 (Malatesta 1). Team fouls — Houston 13, Skyview 8. Fouled out — none.

 

Bulldogs 33, Wolverines 53

Nikiski79611 33

Dillingham9121914 53

Nikiski (33) — Griffel 4 0-0 9, Dy. Holloway 5 0-2 11, Epperheimer 0 1-2 1, Dixon 1 2-3 4, Thompson 1 0-0 2, Ta. Holloway 1 0-0 2, Cook 0 0-0 0, Wallis 1 0-1 2, Martin 1 0-0 2, Darch 0 0-0 0. Totals — 14 3-8 33.

Dillingham (53) — Walton 3 0-2 6, L. Tennyson 0 0-0 0, Schroeder 8 4-5 21, Lisac 3 0-1 6, Smeaton 3 3-6 10, George 0 0-0 0, B. Tennyson 4 2-2 10, Timmerman 1 0-0 2. Totals — 20 9-16 53. 

3-point goals — Nikiski 2 (Griffel 1, Holloway 1); Dillingham 2 (Schroeder 1, Smeaton 1). 

 

Saturday girls

Wolverines 73, Panthers 36

Dillingham1922921—73

Skyview781011—36

DILLINGHAM (73) — Walton 2 0-4 4, L. Tennyson 0 1-2 1, Schroeder 9 1-2 19, Lisac 2 6-10 10, Smeaton 8 4-7 20, George 1 0-0 3, B. Tennyson 2 2-7 6, Timmerman 4 2-5 10. Totals — 28 16-37 73.

SKYVIEW (36) — Halverson 3 0-0 6, Ahlers 4 0-0 8, D. Derflinger 1 0-1 2, Ramsell 2 1-2 5, O’Toole 0 0-0 0, Reynolds 2 3-6 7, Malatesta 2 0-0 6, Schoessler 0 0-0 0, Pearson 0 2-2 2. Totals — 14 6-11 36.

3-point goals — Dillingham 1 (George 1); Skyview 2 (Malatesta 2). Team fouls — Dillingham 14, Skyview 25. Fouled out — none.

 

Hawks 40, Bulldogs 26

Houston106915—40

Nikiski25613—26

HOUSTON (40) — Belanger 0 1-2 1, Lee 1 0-1 2, James 9 4-9 23, Nida 1 0-0 2, Baybado 1 0-0 2, Shannon 1 5-6 7, Barber 0 0-0 0, Wells 0 0-0 0, Irvin 1 0-0 3. Totals — 14 10-18 40.

NIKISKI (26) — Griffel 2 2-4 6, D. Holloway 1 0-2 2, Epperheimer 1 0-0 2, Dixon 2 1-2 6, Thompson 1 3-4 5, Wallis 0 2-2 2, Martin 1 1-2 3, Darch 0 0-0 0. Totals — 8 9-16 26.

3-point goals — Houston 2 (James 1, Irvin 1); Nikiski 1 (Dixon 1). Team fouls — Houston 15, Nikiski 17. Fouled out — none.

 

Saturday boys

Panthers 52, Wolverines 40

Dillingham681115—40

Skyview11151412—52

DILLINGHAM (40) — Flemsburg 1 0-2 2, Miller 6 2-5 15, Ca. Schlagel 3 3-6 9, Wassily 1 0-0 2, Braswell 0 2-2 2, Ahmsado 4 2-8 10. Totals — 15 9-23 40.

SKYVIEW (52) — Reynolds 2 3-4 7, Harling 0 0-0 0, Collier 0 0-0 0, White 5 3-4 16, Jones 3 0-0 8, Penrod 3 4-6 10, Hillbish 0 0-0 0, Schwartz 0 0-0 0, Diaz 5 1-4 11. Totals — 18 11-18 52.

3-point goals — Dillingham 1 (Miller 1); Skyview 5 (White 3, Jones 2). Team fouls — Skyview 15, Dillingham 17. Fouled out — none.

 

Hawks 48, Bulldogs 43

Houston1451017—48

Bulldogs912913—43

Houston (48) — Baron 2 0-2 4, Saecho 1 0-0 2, Kramer 6 3-4 18, Taylor 0 0-0 0, Ruta 2 1-3 5, Richey 1 0-2 2, Kleavien 0 0-0 0, Stone 2 0-0 4, Pease 5 2-2 13. Totals — 19 6-13 48.

Nikiski (43) — Anderson 2 4-4 10, Johnson 1 1-2 3, Hartley 1 1-1 3, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Herrin 12 1-2 27, Griffith 0 0-0 0, Parrish 0 0-0 0. Totals — 16 7-9 43. 

3-point goals — Houston 4 (Kramer 3, Pease 1); Nikiski 4 (Anderson 2, Herrin 2). Team fouls — Houston 13, Nikiski 16. Fouled out — none. 

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