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SoHi boys take Joe Floyd tourney

Posted: January 4, 2014 - 11:52pm  |  Updated: January 5, 2014 - 12:03am

The Soldotna boys rode a second-half hot streak to a 52-38 victory over the host Kodiak Bears on Saturday to become the 47th Joe Floyd tournament champions in Kodiak.

The Stars closed out the third quarter on a 14-3 run to establish a lead that they never gave up. Nathan Spence led the Stars with 17 points, while senior teammate Daniel McElroy added 16. For the weekend, Soldotna went 3-0.

“I can’t say enough of the atmosphere,” said Soldotna coach Matt Johnson. “They have a new gym and the place was packed. It was a blast.”

Kodiak recently finished installing a new court at the high school, and Johnson said the place felt more enclosed and cramped, although that could also be attributed to the amount of fans that filled the gym.

“It felt like a playoff atmosphere. I’m proud of my guys,” Johnson said.

Kodiak sophomore Alec Canete was named the tournament MVP. Interestingly enough, the Soldotna boys didn’t land a single player on the All-Tournament team, even while winning the tournament.

Trailing 11-9 after one quarter, Soldotna fell even further behind early in the second to drop into a 20-12 hole. However, the Stars hit a 22-12 run that left the two teams knotted up at 22 apiece at halftime.

“It was definitely a really good team effort,” Johnson said. “There were a lot of contested jumpers, we rebounded well, it was our best defensive game this year.”

SoHi held Kodiak to three points in the third quarter, and in the fourth, Soldotna sank 14 of 22 free throws to clinch the win. Overall, the Stars were 18 of 30 from the charity stripe.

The Soldotna boys will travel up to the Matanuska-Susitna Valleys for games against Wasilla and Palmer on 7:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday, respectively.

Friday at the tournament, the Stars doubled up Unalakleet in a 62-31 contest.

Brooks Furlong led Soldotna with 15 points — eight coming in the third quarter — while teammate Max Conradi added 10.

Gage Ivanoff held Unalakleet up with 15 points.

Cordova boys 57, Seward 54

The Seward boys dropped an endowment game on Saturday to the Wolverines.

Ronnie Jackson led the Seahawks with 18 points — including four 3s — and teammate Michael Marshall added 14.

A strong 19-point second quarter effort left Seward trailing Cordova 30-28, but the home team pulled out a five-point lead by the end of the third quarter and held on from there.

Head coach Curtis Berry said his team had a hard time containing Cordova on the defensive side of the ball, something that was made more difficult due to foul trouble.

Cordova girls 32, Seward 30

The Seward girls dropped an endowment game on Saturday, as Cordova’s balanced scoring led the way. Sara Hamberger topped the Wolverines with 11 points.

Ashley VonBorstel led the Seahawks’ effort with 13 points, and teammate Laura Kromrey added 10.

Cordova led 20-17 at halftime, but five 3-pointers in the game for the Wolverines proved to be too much.

Both Seward squads travel to play Kenai Central on Tuesday, with the girls game starting at 6 p.m. and the boys game at 7:30 p.m.

Seward boys 60,
Cordova 56 OT

The Seahawks pulled away in overtime to top the Wolverines on Friday night in Cordova in a nonconference contest.

After trailing by 10 points entering the fourth quarter, Seward managed to come up with a number of big plays from Michael Wolfe and Tannen Berry that tied the game up at 51-all at the end of regulation.

“(Cordova) outplayed us most of the game, I’ll give them credit,” said Seward coach Curtis Berry.

Berry said starter Matt Moore was injured in the third quarter, which lead to some personnel changes.

Wolfe hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining in overtime that put Seward up by two, and the Seahawks forced a Cordova turnover on the ensuing possession. Berry iced the game with a driving layup.

The win improves Seward’s overall season record to 3-2 (2-0 Southcentral Conference).

Seward girls 40, Cordova 18

The Seahawks clamped down on defense to overcome a deficit after the first quarter Friday in Cordova.

Seward trailed 12-5 after eight minutes, but only gave up six points the rest of the game. Maria Jackson had 12 points for the Seahawks, while Ashley VonBorstel and Laura Kromrey had 10 points apiece.

 

Saturday boys

Stars 52, Bears 38

Soldotna 9 13 14 16 —52

Kodiak 11 11 3 13 —38

SOLDOTNA (52) — Spence 4 7-10 17, McElroy 4 8-15 16, Calloway 0 0-0 0, Kuntz 0 0-0 0, Young 3 0-2 9, Conradi 0 1-1 1, Furlong 2 0-0 4, Kruse 1 2-2 5. Totals 15 18-30 52.

KODIAK (38) — A. Canete 3 2-2 9, Mangalus 2 0-0 4, Frick 3 1-2 9, Alcaide 1 0-0 3, Bezona 1 0-1 2, T. Canete 2 0-0 4, Mutch 1 0-0 2, Garcia 2 1-4 5. Totals 15 4-9 38.

3-point field goals — Soldotna 6 (Young 3, Spence 2, Kruse 1); Kodiak 4 (Frick 2, Alcaide 1, A. Canete 1).

Team fouls — Soldotna 18; Kodiak 19.

 

Friday girls

Seahawks 40, Wolverines 18

Seward 5 6 14 15 —40

Cordova 12 2 2 2 —18

SEWARD (40) — VonBorstel 5 0-0 10, Kromrey 4 2-4 10, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Stallings 0 0-0 0, Jackson 6 0-1 12, Whiteshield 1 1-2 3, Clemens 2 1-2 5. Totals — 18 4-9 40.

CORDOVA (18) — Gonzalez 0 0-0 0, Hoepfner 2 0-0 4, Sorger 1 1-2 3, Platt 0 0-0 0, Felix 1 0-0 3, Phillips 3 0-0 7, Wiese 0 1-3 1, Hamberger 0 0-2 0. Totals — 7 2-7 18.

Team fouls — Seward 11; Cordova 13. 3-point goals — Cordova 2 (Sorger, Wiese). Fouled out — none.

 

Friday boys

Stars 62, Wolfpack 31

Soldotna 15 16 16 15 —62

Unalakleet 5 6 11 9 —31

SOLDOTNA (62) — Furlong 4 4-4 15, Conradi 4 2-4 10, Calloway 1 0-0 2, Kuntz 1 1-2 3, Spence 3 3-4 9, Kruse 1 3-5 6, Fowler 3 0-0 6, McElroy 4 1-2 9, Trammel 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 14-21 62.

UNALAKLEET (31) — G. Ivanoff 5 4-10 15, Agibinik 0 0-0 0, Johnson 1 1-1 3, F. Ivanoff 1 0-0 3, Ticket 4 2-6 10, Harvey 0 0-0 0, Wilson 0 0-0 0, Erickson 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 7-17 31.

3-point field goals — Soldotna 4 (Furlong 3, Kruse 1); Unalakleet 1 (F. Ivanoff).

 

Seahawks 60, Wolverines 56, OT

Seward 5 14 9 23 9 —60

Cordova 13 13 12 13 5 —56

SEWARD (60) — Marshall 2 0-0 5, Pahno 3 0-0 7, Zweifel 0 0-0 0, Berry 1 1-3 3, Wolfe 8 1-3 21, Moore 2 1-3 5, Broughton 3 1-2 8, Jackson 3 4-7 11. Totals — 22 8-18 60.

CORDOVA (56) — Brandt 0 1-2 1, Songer 0 0-0 0, Perry 2 2-2 6, Mumer 1 0-0 2, Jewell 6 0-1 14, Cheshier 8 2-6 24, Sorenson 0 1-2 1, Plant 0 0-0 0, Boedle 3 2-2 8. Totals — 20 8-15 56.

Team fouls — Seward 18, Cordova 18. 3-point goals — Seward 8 (Wolfe 4, Marshall, Pahno, Broughton, Jackson); Cordova 8 (Cheshier 6, Newell 2). Fouled out — Marshall.

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