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SoHi Tipoff

Posted: December 21, 2013 - 9:35pm  |  Updated: December 21, 2013 - 10:13pm

The Soldotna boys made it the furthest of the local basketball teams in the Powerade/Al Howard SoHi Tip-Off tournament, reaching the third-place game on Saturday at Soldotna High School.

However, after a slow start, it was the Ketchikan Kings taking the bronze, topping the Stars 60-41.

In the championship game later in the day, the Colony Knights edged Bethel to the win 71-65. Colony senior Damien Fulp was named tournament MVP. The All-Tournament team — voted by the coaches — consisted of Alex Pihl from Ketchikan, Baily West from Colony, Nathan Carstens from Nikiski, Daniel McElroy from Soldotna and Theodore Naneng from Bethel.

In the third-place game, after being held to only four points in the first quarter, Ketchikan’s offense exploded with 26 in the second. Ketchikan’s Isaiah Navales scored 14 of his 18 points in that time.

“We came out of the gate well, but I thought in the second quarter we missed some easy looks, and I think it affected the way we defended,” said SoHi coach Matt Johnson. “I thought once we missed some of those looks, I don’t think we defended in the transition well, we didn’t find our shooters.”

Senior Austin Kruse led the Stars with 12 points — getting three 3s in the second half — and Colton Young added 10 points of his own.

After trailing 30-16 at halftime, the Stars didn’t get any help in the third quarter, as Ketchikan continued to pour it on with 19 points.

Juneau-Douglas boys 69, Kenai 62

The fifth-place game at the SoHi Tip-Off tournament was decided Saturday at Soldotna High School, as the Crimson Bears received 23 points from junior Gunnar Schultz to edge the Kardinals.

Senior Trevor Shirnberg and freshman Josh Jackman led the way for Kenai with 20 and 19 points, respectively.

“That’s a good team,” said Kenai coach Ken Felchle about Juneau. “They’re going to contend for a state berth I think, and they have some good quality players that have played for a long time.”

Felchle noted the tempo and pace the Crimson Bears play at, saying his team had to deal with the chaos of handling their offense.

“Juneau plays full court all game,” Felchle said. “They press for 32 minutes, they play intense defense, they transition, and if you watch them play, they shoot probably about three seconds after crossing the half-court line.”

Much like Soldotna did in the third-place game, Kenai busted out in the first quarter to stake a six-point lead — scoring 20 points.

Trailing 32-31 at halftime, Juneau put together a points run in the first three minutes of the second half that led to a 10-point lead, and the Kards were left scrambling from there. Juneau outscored Kenai 22-14 in the third quarter.

Mt. Edgecumbe 83, Nikiski 62

Mt. Edgecumbe claimed seventh-place honors at the SoHi Tip-Off tournament on Saturday at Soldotna High School, scoring 46 points in the second half to put away the Bulldogs.

Impressively, only four players scored for the Braves, and three scored all but two points — Donald Edenshaw topped Mt. Edgecumbe with 37 points, Skye Shipton had 26 and Jaloni Pepper added 18. Even more impressive, the Braves did it without any 3-pointers.

Nikiski featured a similar look, as junior Seth Carstens led the way with 28 points. Hunter Holloway added 11 points and Cade Anderson had 10.

The Bulldogs put up 19 points in the second quarter that left them trailing the Braves 37-28, but Edenshaw and Shipton scored 19 of Mt. Edgecumbe’s 23 third-quarter points that resulted in a 16-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

Bethel boys 46, Soldotna 40

The Warriors got defensive in upending the Stars in the semifinals on Friday.

Bethel led 19-14 at halftime and led 34-26 heading into the final quarter.

Theodore Naneng paced Bethel with 15 points, while Daniel McElroy had 15 for Soldotna.

Colony boys 67, Ketchikan 53

The Knights pushed past the Kings on Friday to advance to the championship game.

Colony led 17-13 after one quarter and 33-24 at halftime. Damien Fulp had 28 points to pace the Knights, while Robert Sonnenberg had 11 and Anton Chamblee pitched in with 10.

For Ketchikan, Alex Pihl had 18 points, while Isaiah Navales had 14 points and Malik Almenzer had 12.

Kenai boys 58, Nikiski 48

The Kardinals received 15 points from Trevor Shirnberg on Friday to advance to the fifth-place game.

Also for the Kards, Austin McKee and Miles Jones each had 10 points.

“I was proud of our team, because we were humbled pretty good on Thursday (against Ketchikan),” Felchle said. “But we had the ability to come back and play a much-improved Nikiski team.”

Kenai was able to slightly expand the lead throughout the game, leading 14-10 after one quarter, 26-21 at halftime and 42-33 after the third quarter.

For the Bulldogs, Seth Carstens pumped in a game-high 18 points.

Juneau-Douglas boys 56,
Mt. Edgecumbe 50

The Crimson Bears grabbed a 33-22 lead at halftime en route to notching a 56-50 victory on Friday to advance to the fifth-place game.

Rahiel Chhabria paced a balanced Juneau attack with 12 points, while Shipton had 18 points and Pepper added 11 points for the Braves.

Saturday boys

Kings 60, Stars 41

Ketchikan 4 26 19 11 —60

Soldotna 8 8 11 14 —41

KETCHIKAN (60) — Navales 5 5-6 18, Mendoza 1 0-0 3, Paulsen 4 0-0 9, Stanky 1 0-0 3, Wicker 0 2-2 2, Albertson 0 0-0 0, Bullock 4 0-0 8, Pihl 3 0-0 7, Almenzer 1 0-2 2, James 1 0-0 3, Day 1 1-2 3, Hendricks 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 8-12 60.

SOLDOTNA (41) — Kruse 4 1-1 12, Young 4 0-0 10, Calloway 0 0-0 0, Kuntz 0 0-0 0, Conradi 2 1-2 5, Phillips 0 0-0 0, Furlong 1 0-0 3, Spence 0 0-0 0, Fowler 0 1-2 1, McElroy 3 2-4 8, Trammel 0 0-0 0, Deatheridge 0 2-2 2. Totals 14 7-11 41.

3-point goals — Ketchikan 8 (Navales 3, Mendoza 1, Paulsen 1, Stanky 1, Pihl 1, James 1); Soldotna 6 (Kruse 3, Young 2, Furlong 1).

Crimson Bears 69, Kardinals 62

Juneau 14 18 22 15 —69

Kenai 20 11 14 17 —62

JUNEAU (69) — Schultz 8 5-5 23, Campos 2 0-0 5, Guimmayen 1 0-1 3, Tompkins 2 0-0 5, Empson 5 4-7 14, Chhabria 1 0-0 2, Swofford 3 0-0 6, Conn 2 0-0 4, Thibodeau 0 2-3 2, Jones 2 1-3 5. Totals 26 12-19 69.

KENAI (62) — Shirnberg 7 3-7 20, Jackman 8 2-3 19, Beeson 0 0-0 0, Glushkov 0 1-1 1, A. McKee 2 4-4 10, Brazeil 0 0-0 0, Ivy 1 0-0 3, Sepulveda 1 0-0 2, Foree 1 1-2 3, Jones 0 0-1 0, Wortham 2 0-0 4. Totals 21 11-18 62.

3-point goals — 5 (Schultz 2, Campos 1, Guimmayen 1, Tompkins 1); Kenai 4 (A. McKee 2, Shirnberg 1, Jackman 1, Ivy 1).

Braves 83, Bulldogs 62

Mt. Edgecumbe 18 19 23 23 —83

Nikiski 9 19 16 18 —62

EDGECUMBE (83) — Edenshaw 13 11-11 37, Shipton 11 4-9 26, Pepper 7 4-5 18, Kasayulie 0 0-0 0, Olin-Duncan 1 0-1 2, Casperson 0 0-0 0, Kewan 0 0-0 0. Totals 32 15-19 83.

NIKISKI (62) — Carstens 11 4-5 28, Anderson 4 1-2 10, Johnson 3 0-0 6, Castro 3 0-0 7, Holloway 5 0-0 11, Malston 0 0-0 0, Riddall 0 0-0 0, Jackson 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 5-7 62.

3-point goals — Mt. Edgecumbe 0; Nikiski 5 (Carstens 2, Anderson 1, Castro 1, Holloway 1).

Friday boys

Warriors 46, Stars 40

Bethel 7 12 15 12 —46

Soldotna 7 7 12 14 —40

BETHEL (46) — Glasheen 1 0-2 2, Naneng 4 7-10 15, LePore 4 5-7 13, Corbett 0 2-2 2, Hoffman 0 2-4 2, Medina 0 0-0 0, Smith 5 0-0 12. Totals — 14 16-25 46.

SOLDOTNA (40) — Calloway 0 0-0 0, Kuntz 0 0-0 0, Young 0 0-0 0, Conradi 2 3-4 7, Phillips 0 0-0 0, Furlong 0 0-0 0, Spence 3 2-2 9, Kruse 0 3-3 3, Fowler 2 0-0 4, McElroy 6 3-5 15, Trammell 1 0-0 2. Totals — 14 11-14 40.

3-point goals — Bethel 2 (Smith 2); Soldotna 1 (Spence 1). Team fouls — Bethel 17, Soldotna 22. Fouled out — Conradi.

Kardinals 58, Bulldogs 48

Nikiski 10 11 12 15 —48

Kenai 14 12 16 16 —58

NIKISKI (48) — Anderson 3 0-0 7, Johnson 2 2-6 6, Castro 1 3-6 6, Holloway 3 0-1 8, Malston 0 0-0 0, Tauriainen 1 0-0 3, S. Carstens 7 2-5 18, Riddall 0 0-2 0, Jackson 0 0-3 0. Totals — 17 7-23 48.

KENAI CENTRAL (58) — Glushkov 2 0-0 4, Shirnberg 6 3-3 15, McKee 3 3-4 10, Brazell 1 0-0 2, Jackman 3 0-0 6, Ivy 3 0-0 7, Foree 0 0-0 0, Jones 5 0-0 10, Wortham 2 0-0 4. Totals — 25 6-7 58.

3-point goals — Nikiski 7 (S. Carstens 2, Holloway 2, Anderson, Castro, Tauriainen); Kenai 2 (McKee, Ivy). Team fouls — Nikiski 13, Kenai 22. Fouled out — none.

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