CIA boys hold off Warriors

Cook Inlet Academy’s Levi Grinestaff looks to get the ball past Nikolaevsk in the second period of Thursday’s Peninsula Conference semifinal at CIA.

The Cook Inlet Academy boys managed to fend off a third-quarter charge from Nikolaevsk to advance to the championship game of the Peninsula Conference basketball tournament with a 62-52 win Thursday night at CIA.
David Reischach led CIA with 25 points.
“He’s the senior captain and he really took care of the ball, it’s a lot to ask of him to be your biggest scorer and your ballhandler, and the anchor of your defense, and he did all of that tonight,” head coach Justin Franchino said.
Koebryn Mlynarik from CIA had 20 points, as he sunk six 3-pointers.
“A lot of times we depend on that three, but late in the game we executed well, got some easy shots and stayed under control,” Franchino said. “We forced them into bad shots and just handled the ball until we were wide open for a layup.”
Blake Klaich had 18 points to lead Nikolaevsk’s effort, while teammate Andre Tipikin had 15.
Nikolaevsk head coach Steve Klaich said the mental defensive effort is what hurt the team.
“We had some defensive letdowns, we let Koebryn get some three’s on us, and when they spread the court and let David go one on one, he makes the right decisions,” Klaich said. “The shooting was incredible, my kids played hard, and it’s hard to recover when we’re down like that. They made us work hard.”
Nikolaevsk will go on to play Friday against Ninilchik, while CIA continues on to the championship game against Lumen Christi on Friday at 7:45 p.m. That game will be played at Kenai Central High School.
“I love it, we split with them this year, and we match up well against them as far as neither one of us is really fast, but we both have some shooters and big guys,” Franchino said.
Nikolaevsk girls 31, Bristol Bay 28
The Nikolaevsk girls held the Angels scoreless in the third quarter, which was enough to hold off Bristol Bay’s rally in the fourth quarter to win Thursday at CIA.
Bristol Bay outscored the Wolverines 13-5 in the final quarter with help from Ashley Bales, who had 11 points total in the game.
Nikolaevsk’s top scorer was Nianiella Dorvall, who had eight points.
Nikolaevsk goes on to play CIA in the Peninsula Conference Championship game Friday at 6 p.m.
Seldovia boys 1, Nanwalek 0 (forfeit)
The Sea Otters, the No. 6 seed, notched a forfeit victory when Nanwalek, the No. 7 seed, once again could not make it to Soldotna due to whiteout conditions.
Seldovia faces Bristol Bay in a loser-out game at 10 a.m. today at CIA.
Lumen Christi boys 59, Bristol Bay 55
The top-seeded Archangels topped No. 4 seed Bristol Bay to advance to the conference championship.
Pat Moran had 27 points to lead Lumen Christi, while Hugh Sturgulewski had 18 points and Michael Sholl had 12 points.
For Bristol Bay, Everett Moorcraft had 28 points, while Brandon Rush had 14.
Today’s boys championship will be at 7:45 p.m. at Kenai Central High School. Bristol Bay faces Seldovia in a loser-out game at 10 a.m. today at CIA.

Thursday boys
Eagles 62, Wolverines 52
CIA    12    17    13    20    —62
Nikolaevsk    13    5    19    15    —52
CIA (62) — Mlynarik 7 0-0 20, Boudreaux 0 0-0 0, Grinestaff 5 0-0 10, O’Dell 2 0-0 5, Riley 0 0-0 0, Chumley 0 0-0 0, Taplin 1 0-0 2, Reischach 8 6-7 25. Totals 23 6-7 62.
NIKOLAEVSK (52) — J. Fefelov 1 0-0 3, A. Fefelov 2 1-2 5, Yakunin 1 2-6 4, Holub 0 0-0 0, Klaich 6 5-5 18, Gordeev 0 0-0 0, Mametieff 3 1-1 7, Tipikin 7 0-0 15. Totals 20 9-14 52.
3-point goals — CIA 10 (Mlyarnik 6, Reischach 3, O’Dell 1); Nikolaevsk 3 (J. Fefelov 1, Klaich 1, Tipikin 1).
Team fouls — CIA 15, Nikolaevsk 12. Fouled out — Taplin, Klaich.

Thursday girls
Wolverines 31, Angels 28
Nikolaevsk    11    7    8    5    —31
Bristol Bay    9    6    0    13    —28
NIKOLAEVSK (31) — Klaich 1 2-2 4, Stafford 3 1-1 7, Kalugin 2 1-4 5, Kulikov 0 0-0 0, Mametieff 0 0-0 0, Kalugin 2 1-6 5, Dorvall 3 2-4 8, Gordeev 1 0-0 2, Hickman 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 7-17 31.
BRISTOL BAY (28) — Munk 0 0-1 0, Emory 2 0-0 4, Bales 5 1-4 11, Holstrom 2 0-0 4, McClain 0 2-2 2, Shyrock 0 1-2 1, Schoneman 1 0-1 2, Pacheco 2 0-1 4. Totals 12 4-11 28.
3-point goals — Nikolaevsk 0; Bristol Bay 0.
Team fouls — Nikolaevsk 16, Bristol Bay 20. Fouled out — Pacheco.

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