Scammon Bay stifles CIA boys at state

The Cook Inlet Academy boys suffered through poor shooting at the Class 2A boys state basketball tournament as they lost to Scammon Bay 51-30 Monday at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

 

Overall, the team made 5 of 28 from the field as Scammon Bay’s defensive pressure proved to be too much.

“We struggled with our defense,” CIA senior David Reischach said. “That’s all there is.”

Reischach, normally an adept shooter, made only 2 of 13 shots, scoring 11 points total.

Junior Koebryn Mlynarik also had 11 points, and sophomore Zac Taplin had seven points.

“You work all season and you come up short, so it’s frustrating,” head coach Justin Franchino said. “But, I need to give Scammon Bay credit, they played really good defense and shot it well. They really brought it today.”

Elliot Kaganak was Scammon Bay’s top scorer with 14 points.

“I’m proud of our effort, it definitely wasn’t an issue of not trying hard, they gave everything until the final buzzer, and that’s all you can ever ask for,” Franchino said. “We just didn’t execute very well. They made some poor decisions on offense.”

CIA began the game nearly on par with Scammon Bay, trailing 16-10 after the first quarter, but the second and third quarters are what ultimately left CIA empty-handed, as the Eagles scored four points in each period.

“It wasn’t our night, we weren’t hitting from the outside, which is part of what we do, but I’m still proud of this team,” Franchino said. “Now we’re just playing for pride, it’s hard when you know the title is on the line, but now we’ll continue on. They’ve been given this gift of basketball, and we play each game and appreciate it.”

CIA will now play Hooper Bay on Tuesday at 9:45 a.m. If they win that game, they will advance to the fourth-place match Wednesday.

“We’ll keep our heads up and play each game to the best of their ability and keep a positive attitude,” Franchino said.

 

ASAA First National Bank Alaska Basketball State Championships

Monday boys

Blackbirds 51, Eagles 30

Scammon Bay1613814—51

CIA104412—30

SCAMMON BAY (51) — J. Ulak 2 1-2 6, S. Ulak 1 0-0 2, Sundown 1 0-0 3, Akerelrea 0 0-0 0, C. Hunter 4 0-2 9, Uttereyuk 0 0-0 0, J. Aguchak 1 0-0 2, M. Aguchak 0 1-2 1, S. Kaganak 3 0-0 7, E. Kaganak 6 2-2 14, Charlie 2 1-2 7, J. Hunter 0 0-0 0. Totals — 20 5-10 51.

CIA (30) — Mlynarik 3 2-3 11, Grinestaff 0 1-2 1, O‚Dell 0 0-0 0, Riley 0 0-0 0, Chumley 0 0-2 0, Taplin 3 1-5 7, Reischach 3 4-6 11. Totals — 9 8-18 30.

3-point goals — Scammon Bay 6 (Charlie 2, S. Kaganak 1, C. Hunter 1, Sundown 1, J. Ulak 1); CIA 4 (Mlynarik 3, Reischach 1). Team fouls — Scammon Bay 20, CIA 8. Fouled out — none.

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