CIA boys ousted at state

Cold shooting continues against Hooper Bay

The Cook Inlet Academy boys lost 45-33 to Hooper Bay to end their Class 2A state basketball tournament early on Tuesday at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.


The Eagles trailed early, as Hooper Bay opened the game 8-0, and CIA was never able to mount a long enough run to overcome that lead.

“A lot of it was just not getting out on some shooters,” junior Koebryn Mlynarik said. “But we really played a hard game of basketball, and I can’t say it was for a lack of effort.”

Mlynarik had nine points of his own, while teammate David Reischach led CIA with 15 points.

“For some of us, this is the first time at the Sullivan Arena, and it’s a big-stadiumlike arena, so maybe shots were harder, but we can’t blame it on technicalities like that,” Mlynarik said. “This experience will definitely help us for next year.”

One day after losing their first round game against Scammon Bay, head coach Justin Franchino said the lack of a championship game in the future likely dulled the team’s enthusiasm.

“Once you’re out of the title-game hunt, it’s hard to have that desire to get after it, but we have to remember, part of growing up and being a human being is having that selflessness,” Franchino said. “Thinking about the other people and the families in the stands that went out of their way to come watch is important too.”

Franchino was also quick to give credit to Hooper Bay.

“Hooper Bay did make a lot of 3-pointers and great shots,” he said. “We would adjust our defense, and they would switch it up, so it was increasingly difficult.”

Kyle Gump led the Warriors with 20 points, including four 3-pointers, and teammate Albert Simon had 14 points, as he hit 4 of 8 3-point attempts.

Trailing 20-8 with three minutes left in the first half, CIA did manage an 8-0 run to finish the second quarter that brought the Eagles to within four points of Hooper Bay at halftime.

“We actually played decent on defense throughout the tournament, but we struggled to hit shots,” Franchino said.

The good news for CIA is that there is some talent coming up from the junior high ranks, said Franchino. The bad news is that three seniors will be gone next year, as key players David Reischach, Levi Grinestaff and Jacob Boudreaux will be graduating.

 “We’ll certainly miss David, Levi and Jacob, both on and off the court, because they’ve all matured and grown this year,” Franchino said. “It won’t be the same team next year, but it’ll be a team that can win and contend for another region title.”

Tuesday boys
Warriors 45, Eagles 33
Hooper Bay      8       12      15      10      -45
CIA     2       14      13      4       -33
HOOPER BAY (45) – F. Naneng 0 0-0 0, Stone 0 0-0 0, An. Simon 0 1-2 1, C. Naneng 0 0-0 0, Gump 7 2-5 20, Lake Jr. 0 2-4 2, Tinker 1 0-0 2, Al. Simon 5 0-0 14, Hoelscher 3 0-0 6. Totals 16 5-12 45.
CIA (33) – Mlynarik 4 0-0 9, Boudreaux 0 0-0 0, Smithwick 1 0-1 2, Osborn 1 0-2 2, Grinestaff 0 1-2 1, Habermann 0 0-0 0, O’Dell 1 0-0 2, Riley 1 0-0 2, Chumley 0 0-0 0, Taplin 0 0-0 0, Reischach 5 3-5 15. Totals 13 4-10 33.
3-point goals – Hooper Bay 8 (Gump 4, Al. Simon 4); CIA 3 (Reischach 2, Mlynarik 1).
Team fouls – Hooper Bay 11, CIA 16. Fouled out – none.


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