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Palmer cagers sweep Skyview

Posted: January 28, 2012 - 10:26pm

PALMER — Before the Palmer boys even stepped onto the court for weekend home games against Skyview and Homer, it had already been an emotionally exhausting week for the Moose.

On Tuesday, the Moose watched rival Colony celebrate a go-ahead bucket with nine seconds in regulation before getting their own chance to celebrate after a buzzer-beater that lifted the Moose to a 59-57 win.

The following night, Palmer held a three-point lead late in a nonconference game against Eagle River. The Wolves hit a long shot before the end of regulation, but the shooter’s foot was on the 3-point line and the basket was called a two-pointer. 

Palmer held on for the 45-44 win. 

The wins were emotionally draining, and proved depleting. Palmer lost junior Brian Selmer to a knee injury during the third quarter of the win over Colony. After the Eagle River win, the Moose learned senior Jackson Buresh had suffered a concussion early in the game.

Those losses left the Moose with only eight players in uniform for their game against Skyview on Friday. 

With key players out of the lineup, a pair of Palmer reserves stepped up to lead the Moose to a 62-44 Northern Lights Conference win over the Panthers at Palmer High.

“I tell the kids all the time, adversity makes the man, creates opportunities,” Palmer head coach Jason Marvel said.

Forwards Hayden Niekamp and Thomas Matik combined for 29 points to help Palmer earn the victory. 

“I was proud of Hayden and Thomas tonight, stepping up and doing some nice things,” Marvel said.

Niekamp was big in the first half, scoring 14 of his 17 points in the second quarter. 

“He was there in the right spots,” Marvel said.

Matik scored eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter as the Moose worked to keep their double-digit lead.

“He can do that,” Marvel said. “He’s potent offensively.”

Marvel also praised the work of reserve guard Adam Ramoth, who stood strong in the Moose backcourt.

“Adam really did a nice job for us, gave us some valuable minutes,” Marvel said.

Connor Looney scored a game-high 18 for Palmer.

Albert White hit a trio of 3-pointers and scored 13 for Skyview. DJ Diaz led the Panthers with 13 points.

Palmer jumped out to a 20-5 lead in the game, behind 10 points from Looney.

 

Palmer 62, Skyview 44

Friday, Palmer High

Palmer 20-14-13-15—62

Skyview 5-13-13-13—44

Skyview (44) — Reynolds 2 2-2 6, White 5 0-4 13, Jones 4 0-0 9, Penrod 1 0-0 2, Diaz 6 2-4 14; Totals: 18 4-10 44.

Palmer (62) — Nisbett 2 0-1 5, Looney 7 4-6 18, Straight 3 2-2 10, Matik 6 0-1 12, Niekamp 5 7-8 17; Totals: 23 14-18 62.

Three-point field goals: Palmer 3 (Straight 2), Skyview 3 (White 3); Total fouls: Skyview 13, Palmer13.

 Palmer girls 73, Skyview 8

PALMER — The Palmer Moose outscored Skyview 24-0 in the first quarter, and cruised to a 73-8 Northern Lights Conference win over the Panthers on Friday.

Palmer held Skyview scoreless until the 6:11 mark in the second, when Stefany Malatesta hit a 3-pointer for the Panthers.

Maletesta scored seven points in the second quarter, and finished with all but one of Skyview’s points.

Taylor Blake led the Moose with a game-high 23 points, and was one of 10 player players in the scorebook.

Tress Whitfield added 10.

 

Palmer 73, Skyview 8

Friday, Palmer High

Skyview 0-7-0-1—8

Palmer 24-16-22-11—73

Skyview (8) — D. Deflinger 0 1-2 1, Malatesta 3 0-0 7, Pearson 0 0-2 0; Totals: 3 1-4 8.

Palmer (73) — Southwick 0 2-2 2, Simmerman 4 0-0 9, DePriest 1 0-0 2, Scott 2 0-0 5, Jensen 2 0-0 4, Koehn 1 0-0 2, Blake 11 1-3 23, Whitfield 5 3-4 14, Brandenburg 2 0-0 4, Huffman 4 0-0 8; Totals: 32 6-9 73.

Three-point field goals: Skyview 1 (Malatesta 1), Palmer 3 (3 tied with 1); Total fouls: Skyview 9, Palmer 5.

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