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SoHi boys take 4th at Tip-Off

Posted: December 15, 2012 - 10:10pm  |  Updated: December 15, 2012 - 11:07pm
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Photo by M. Scott MoonBethel's Elliott Hoffman can't stop Soldotna's Jared Tovoli in the third period of Saturday's game.  Photo by M. Scott Moon
Photo by M. Scott Moon
Photo by M. Scott MoonBethel's Elliott Hoffman can't stop Soldotna's Jared Tovoli in the third period of Saturday's game.

A fourth-quarter rally came up empty for the Soldotna boys basketball team in the third-place game at the Powerade Al Howard Tip-Off Tournament at SoHi, losing out to Bethel 68-65.

In the championship game later in the day, the East Thunderbirds beat Kodiak 58-51 on Saturday. Travon Brackett led East with 17 points.

SoHi senior Cory Carver led the Stars with 16 points, 12 of them coming in the fourth quarter, followed by teammates Noah Fowler with 14 points and Daniel McElroy with 13.

“That’s two nights in a row that we’ve made a good run in the second half, and last night I thought it was because we didn’t play hard enough in the first half, but today I thought they gave it a good effort,” SoHi coach Matt Johnson said. “I didn’t think we played very smart, and we dug a little bit of a hole. Defensively, we didn’t contain penetration very well, offensively, I thought we were pretty lackluster. There’s a lot of reasons for that.”

Both teams went step for step with each other in the first quarter, resulting in a 20-18 lead for the Stars, but it was the second quarter that hurt Soldotna. Bethel abandoned its man-to-man defense in favor of a zone defense, which allowed Bethel to outscore Soldotna 22-8 in the second quarter, half of which came from Austin Miller alone.

“They came out early and were hurting us in our man-to-man defense because they’re bigger than us and so packed it into a zone and took their inside game away, and that boosted our first-half lead,” Bethel coach David Kronk said. “We saw Soldotna’s last game against Kodiak, and it was the same story, so we were ready to play a big game and we came out on top.”

Soldotna closed the gap to nine points after the third quarter, and from there, Carver took his magic to the court.

Colton Young hit a 3-pointer with 65 seconds left, followed by a Carver layup that left Bethel with a 65-61 lead with 51 seconds remaining. With only 18 ticks left, Carver hit another jumper to make it 67-65, and after Bethel’s Carlie Romer split a pair of free throws, it was up to the Stars to find a way to tie the game.

Carver missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds that ended the game.

“Bethel stayed in the zone for most of the game, and it was really about finding gaps and being in attack mode,” Johnson said. “In the second half we did a better job trying to get to the rim and getting opportunities. It’s just them being basketball players and trying to help each other.”

Soldotna officially finished fourth in the tournament.

Mt. Edgecumbe 56, Kenai 40

The Braves took fifth-place honors at the Al Howard Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday at Soldotna, led by John Peterson and Leo Ford, who combined to score 46 of Mt. Edgecumbe’s points. Peterson had 24 points and Ford had 22.

Kenai was led by Josh McKee with 15 points, Kirk Kibling with 12 and Wyatt Fitt with 10.

The Kards trailed 27-23 at halftime, but were not able to mount the fourth-quarter charge that they were capable of last season. The Braves outscored Kenai 15-5 in the fourth.

Nikiski 51, Homer JV 11

The Bulldogs rounded off the Al Howard Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday at Soldotna with a win in the seventh-place game against Homer.

Nikiski produced consistent shooting all around, as five players had eight points or more. Luke Johnson and Jesse Ross each had 10 points to lead the ‘Dawgs.

Jeremy Tedesco put up four points to lead Homer’s effort.

Nikiski led the Mariners 31-8 at halftime, and held them scoreless in the third quarter, while scoring eight points to extend the lead, and 12 in the fourth quarter.

Kodiak 58, Soldotna 50

The Stars fell behind 27-10 at halftime in Friday’s semifinals, then a frantic comeback in the second half came up short.

Austin Frick had 28 points for the Bears, while Jemuel Medina had 12 points. For SoHi, Preston Penrod had 13 points and Cory Carver had 11 points.

East def. Bethel

The Thunderbirds moved into the finals by topping the Warriors on Friday.

Kenai 67, Homer JV 8

The Kardinals cruised into the fifth-place game today at 12:45 p.m., while Homer goes to the seventh-place game at 11 a.m.

Shane Spalding had 14 points for the Kards, while Trevor Shirnberg had 10.

Mt. Edgecumbe 80, Nikiski 41

The Braves moved to the fifth-place game, and sent the Bulldogs to the seventh-place game.

John Peterson had 25 points for the Braves, while Leo Ford added 11. For Nikiski, Seth Carstens pumped in 16 points.

 

Saturday

Warriors 68, Stars 65

Bethel 18 22 14 14 —68

Soldotna 20 8 17 20 —65

BETHEL (68) — Miller 6 6-7 18, Romer 4 3-9 13, Naneng 3 2-4 10, Strickland 2 0-0 5, E. Hoffman 2 3-3 8, T. Hoffman 2 0-0 6, Smith 4 0-0 8. Totals 23 14-23 68.

SOLDOTNA (65) — Carver 6 4-4 16, Fowler 4 2-2 14, McElroy 6 1-2 13, Tovoli 0 0-0 0, Penrod 5 0-0 10, Young 1 0-0 3, Conradi 2 0-0 4, Spence 0 0-0 0, Kruse 0 0-0 0, Martin 1 2-2 5. Totals 25 9-10 65.

3-point goals — Bethel 7 (T. Hoffman 2, Naneng 2, Romer 1, Strickland 1, E. Hoffman 1); Soldotna 6 (Fowler 4, Young 1, Martin 1).

Team Fouls — Bethel 8, Soldotna 18. Fouled out — none.

 

Braves 56, Kardinals 40

Mt. Edgecumbe 16 11 14 15 —56

Kenai 10 13 12 5 —40

MT. EDGECUMBE (56) — Jackson 1 0-0 2, Peterson 10 2-2 24, Ford 9 0-1 22, Gregory 1 0-0 2, Morry 1 0-0 2, Morgan 1 0-0 2, Fisher 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 2-3 56.

KENAI (40) — McKee 6 0-0 15, Battistelli 0 1-2 1, Fitt 4 2-2 10, Berg 0 0-0 0, O’Neal 0 0-0 0, Spalding 1 0-0 2, Kibling 6 0-0 12. Totals 17 3-4 40.

3-point goals — Mt. Edgecumbe 6 (Ford 4, Peterson 2); Kenai 3 (McKee 3).

Team fouls — Mt. Edgecumbe 7, Kenai 7. Fouled out — none.

 

Bulldogs 51, Mariners JV 11

Nikiski 17 14 18 12 —51

Homer 4 4 0 3 —11

NIKISKI (51) — Lu. Johnson 5 0-0 10, Ross 5 0-0 10, Stangel 1 0-0 2, Anderson 4 0-2 8, Li. Johnson 1 0-0 2, Hartley 4 1-2 9, Griffith 1 0-0 2, Carstens 4 0-0 8, Willis 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 1-4 51.

HOMER (11) — Day 0 0-0 0, Cotney 0 0-0 0, Deaver 1 1-2 3, Tedesco 2 0-0 4, Bynam 0 2-2 2, Krumm 0 0-0 0, Carroll 0 0-0 0, Rainwater 0 0-2 0, Martin 1 0-0 2. Totals 4 3-6 11.

3-point goals — Nikiski 0; Homer 0.

Team fouls — Nikiski 9, Homer 5. Fouled out ­— none.

 

Friday

Kardinals 67, Mariners JV 8

Homer JV 3 0 4 1 —8

Kenai 26 9 12 20 —67

HOMER JV (8) — Day 0 0-0 0, Cotney 0 0-0 0, Teitesco 1 0-0 2, Bynum 1 0-0 3, Suydam 1 0-0 2, Carroll 0 0-0 0, Deaver 0 0-0 0, Rainwater 0 0-0 0, Martin 0 1-2 1. Totals — 3 1-2 8.

KENAI CENTRAL (67) — Theisen 0 0-0 0, Ballistelli 0 0-0 0, J. McKee 4 0-0 8, A. McKee 2 0-0 4, Spey 3 0-0 6, Shirnberg 4 1-2 10, Fitt 3 0-0 6, Berg 1 0-0 2, Spalding 7 0-0 14, Kibling 3 0-0 6, Jones 1 0-0 2, Liedes 4 1-1 9. Totals — 32 2-3 67.

3-point goals — Homer 1 (Bynum 1); Kenai 1 (Shirnberg). Team fouls — Homer 7, Kenai 1. Fouled out — none.

 

Braves 80, Bulldogs 41

Nikiski 8 5 17 11 —41

Mt. Edgecumbe 12 30 23 15 —80

NIKISKI (41) — Stangel 1 0-0 2, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Li. Johnson 1 0-0 2, Lu. Johnson 3 0-0 6, Hartley 1 1-3 4, Ross 2 1-2 5, Griffith 0 0-0 0, Carstens 6 3-4 16, Willis 0 0-0 0, Samarin 2 0-0 6. Totals — 16 5-9 41.

MT. EDGECUMBE (80) — Jackson 2 2-2 6, Peterson 12 0-1 25, Ford 5 0-2 11, Gregory 4 0-0 8, Morry 6 0-1 12, Duncan 0 2-2 2, Morgan 2 2-2 7, Fisher 4 0-0 9, Contreras 0 0-0 0. Totals — 35 6-10 80.

3-point goals — Nikiski 4 (Samarin 2, Hartley, Carstens); Mt. Edgecumbe 4 (Peterson, Ford, Morgan, Fisher). Team fouls — Nikiski 14, Mt. Edgecumbe 10. Fouled out — none.

 

Bears 58, Stars 50

Kodiak 10 17 12 19 —58

Soldotna 7 3 13 27 —50

KODIAK (58) — Frick 10 5-6 28, Medina 5 2-2 12, Jimenez 2 0-1 4, Obas 1 4-4 6, Lenon 0 2-4 2, Hiner 1 2-4 4, Canete-Hall 0 0-0 0, Garcia 1 0-0 2. Totals — 20 15-21 58.

SOLDOTNA (50) — Tovoli 0 0-0 0, Penrod 5 2-4 13, Young 3 0-0 9, Conradi 0 0-0 0, Carver 3 3-6 11, Spence 1 0-0 2, Kruse 2 0-0 5, Martin 2 0-0 6, Fowler 1 0-0 2, McElroy 1 0-0 2. Totals — 18 5-10 50.

3-point goals — Kodiak 3 (Frick 3); Soldotna 9 (Young 3, Carver 2, Martin 2, Penrod, Kruse). Team fouls — Kodiak 16, Soldotna 18. Fouled out — Medina.

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