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ACS sweeps Nikiski hoops

Posted: January 11, 2014 - 2:31am  |  Updated: January 11, 2014 - 5:24pm

The Nikiski basketball squads were swept by visiting Anchorage Christian Schools at Nikiski High School on Friday night.

The ACS girls topped Nikiski 57-45 earlier in the evening, holding off Nikiski in the fourth quarter to win in their first Southcentral Conference game and improve to 5-2 overall. The Bulldogs dropped to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference.

Dallas Dickerson led ACS with 21 points, while teammate Michelle Coderre added 13.

"We weren't quite able to shake (Nikiski) but I'm glad we stayed with it in the end," said ACS coach Darrin Powers. "This is actually a good tuneup for Kodiak (on Saturday)."

Junior Rachel Thompson led Nikiski with 20 points, including 12 consecutive during a crucial stretch spanning the third and fourth quarters. Emily Lynch added 10 points.

"We talked before the game ... she was going to be determined that we stay in the game," said Nikiski coach Scott Anderson. "She held true to her word, she did that."

Nikiski managed to stay close to ACS early in the game, but were dogged by offensive rebounds from ACS and trailed the Lions 25-18 at the half.

Thompson sunk a 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter, and continued to find the net early in the fourth quarter, getting to the rim for two layups and another trey to help cut Nikiski's deficit to 40-36 with just over five minutes remaining.

However, ACS's Dickerson was able to take advantage of Nikiski moving to a man-to-man defense and used a couple of layups to distance the Lions and clinch the victory in the waning minutes.

"They are a physical group, they attack the basket and rebound extremely well," Anderson said. "If a team is going to beat them, they are going to have to be more physical. For us, it's a matter of not turning the ball over so much."
Nikiski and Mt. Edgecumbe will face off at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

ACS boys 75, Nikiski 30

The Bulldogs were threatened with another 100-point attempt — as they were with Grace Christian a week earlier — but once again were saved with a running clock in the fourth quarter.

"We're struggling to discipline ourselves mentally," said Nikiski coach Reid Kornstad. "We're trying to get quality looks on offense, but that's just where we're at right now. We're battling, and it's just a matter of learning how to figure it out, and it's going to take some time."

Immanuel Lopez came up big for ACS with 21 points — including four 3's — while teammate and brother Christiano Lopez had 16. Nikiski was led by Seth Carstens with 11 points.

Nikiski dropped to 1-6 overall this season, while ACS improved to 8-1, with its only loss coming at the hands of a California team.

The Lions came out fast with 25 points in the first quarter while Nikiski could only muster seven points. The Bulldogs managed better in the second quarter with 13 points, but still trailed ACS 42-20 at halftime.

"When we get to the end of a transition and don't have a good look, that moment for us is where we're struggling," Kornstad said. "We need to move the ball and move the players, but they'll get it. They're a bunch of hard working guys and they'll improve."

On numerous occasions, Nikiski found themselves with a fastbreak to the basket but failed to record points when they were desperately needing it.

ACS put up another 25 points in the third quarter and led with 67 going into the fourth.

"We're really fast and quick, and it's hard to keep up sometimes," said ACS coach Ron Hoffman. "But I love playing Nikiski because they're a team that never gives up. They come out here and play hard. The score is irrelevant to them."

Nikiski will face Mt. Edgecumbe Saturday at 3 p.m.

Friday girls
Lions 57, Bulldogs 45
ACS    15    10    15    17    —57
Nikiski    13    5    15    12    —45
ACS (57­) — Dickerson 8 3-4 21, Bowden 0 0-0 0, Ealum 1 0-0 3, Crayton 1 0-0 3, Coderre 5 3-3 13, Warren 2 0-1 4, Tennyson 3 1-2 7, Duncan 2 1-4 5, Land 0 0-0 0, Ealum 0 1-2 1, Thibodeaux 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 9-16 57.
NIKISKI (45) — Thompson 6 6-7 20, Riddall 0 0-0 0, Cook 1 0-2 2, Costello 1 1-2 3, Litke 1 0-0 2, Lynch 3 4-8 10, Darch 4 0-1 8. Totals 16 11-20 45.
3-point field goals — Nikiski 2 (Thompson 2); ACS 4 (Dickerson 2, Ealum 1, Crayton 1).
Team fouls — Nikiski 14; ACS 17.

Friday boys
Lions 75, Bulldogs 30
ACS    25    17    25    8    —75
Nikiski    7    13    6    4    —30
ACS (75) — I. Lopez 8 1-1 21, Huckabay 0 2-2 2, Hoffman 4 0-0 9, Wilson 4 0-0 8, Simmers 3 0-0 6, Scott 0 0-0 0, Reynolds 1 0-0 2, Kohutek 2 3-4 7, C. Lopez 1 2-2 4, Auble 6 1-2 16. Totals 29 9-11 75.
NIKISKI (30) — Carstens 5 0-0 11, Stangel 0 0-0 0, Anderson 1 2-2 4, Johnson 3 2-3 9, Castro 0 0-0 0, Holloway 1 0-0 2, Tauriainen 1 0-0 2, Riddall 0 0-0 0, Jackson 0 0-0 0, Pamplin 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 4-5 30.
3-point field goals — Nikiski 2 (Carstens 1, Johnson 1); ACS 8 (I. Lopez 4, Auble 3, Hoffman 1).
Team fouls — Nikiski 14; ACS 11.

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