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Nikiski sweeps Dillingham on 1st day of Tip Off tourney

Posted: January 16, 2014 - 11:04pm  |  Updated: January 16, 2014 - 11:26pm

The Nikiski boys hoops team got off to a flying start in their own tournament, racing off in the second half to a 75-39 win over Dillingham at the 25th Annual Nikiski Tip Off tournament Thursday night at Nikiski High School.

Nine Bulldog players filled the scoring column, led by senior Seth Carstens with 23 points.

“The energy level was great, it was awesome,” Carstens said. “The last couple games it was down, and this time we brought it up. We just got excited this week, and it’s our tournament. We’re going to go play our hearts out.”

Luke Johnson and Hunter Holloway contributed 15 points each for the Bulldogs. Dillingham was led by Dylan Wassily with 15 points.

“We were just practicing this week with rotating, making sure we have good ball movement,” Carstens said. “We just been making sure we’re passing the ball and looking for the wide-open shot.”

The Nikiski offense had open shots all right. The two teams were tied at 11-all four minutes into the game, but Nikiski began to find its groove as the Bulldogs finished off the first quarter on a 13-4 run.

Nikiski coach Reid Kornstad was a member of the boys All-Tournament teams back in the first two editions of the Tip Off tournament, and on Thursday was pleased with the way his players responded.

“The guys did a much better job of moving the ball and sharing the ball,” said Kornstad. “We got a lot of open looks in transition, so that was really helpful. The main thing I was proud of was their ability to move the ball around in the half court.”

The Wolverines suffered from injuries, as one of Dillingham’s top scorers — Cole Schlagel — was hit with a knee injury late in the first quarter and sat on the bench icing his left knee for the remainder of the game. Late in the fourth quarter, when the game was already out of reach, Wassily took a knock to the head running for the ball and exited as well.

Sparked by its early efforts, Nikiski really found a good groove in the third quarter, streaking out on a 23-5 points run in the first 5 minutes, 40 seconds, after holding a 38-23 halftime lead. Overall, Nikiski put up 26 points in the quarter.

Helped by offensive rebounds and turnovers, the Bulldogs found one bucket after the other, and cruised into the fourth quarter with a 31-point lead.

Nikiski will face Southcentral Conference opponent Homer at 7:15 p.m. today, a matchup that features Thursday’s two boys winners.

Nikiski girls 47, Dillingham 41

The Bulldogs held off a late charge from the Wolverines to claim a win on the first day of the Nikiski Tip Off tournament Thursday night at Nikiski High School.

Junior Rachel Thompson led Nikiski with 15 points, while teammate Jodi Cook added eight. Drew Carlos topped Dillingham’s effort with 12 points.

“We’re still working on maintaining in the second half and still playing with the same intensity we played with in the first half,” said Nikiski coach Scott Anderson. “Dillingham is a quality team, so we knew it was going to be a battle from the get-go. Luckily we came out strong in the first half and forced them into a lot of turnovers.”

Dillingham finished runner-up at the 2A state girls tournament last season, but Nikiski managed to outplay the Wolverines on defense, forcing turnovers and grabbing offensive rebounds.

Nikiski streaked out to a 12-2 lead before the first three minutes were up, and led 21-10 after one quarter.

Nikiski led 32-18 at the half, but only managed seven points in the third quarter. The fourth quarter didn’t go much better — Dillingham closed to within five points of the Bulldogs on a Tiara Schroeder layup with 1:29 to go, but that was as close as the Wolverines would get.

Nikiski will face Southcentral Conference rival Homer at 5:45 p.m. tonight on the second day of the tournament.

Homer girls 41, Houston 28

In the early girls game at the tournament, Homer came through with a victory over Houston.

The Mariners grabbed a 9-4 lead after the first quarter and gradually pulled away from the Hawks from there.

Madison Akers had 13 points to pace the Mariners, while Abbey Luck and Tayla Cabana had nine apiece.

For Houston, Savannah Wells pumped in 14 points.

Homer boys 65, Houston 55

In the early boys game at the tournament, Homer notched a victory over Houston.

The Mariners enjoyed a big advantage at the line, going 25 of 36 while Houston was 10 of 16.

Houston led 20-17 after one quarter, but the Mariners stormed to a 39-31 lead at halftime and were able to outscore the Hawks in the second half.

Sheldon Hutt pumped in 20 points for the Mariners, while Quinn Daugharty had 17 and Filip Reutov had 12.

Matt Barron paced the Hawks with 21 points.

The Nikiski Tip Off continues with round-robin action today and Saturday.

Today, the Dillingham girls play Houston at 2:45 p.m., the Dillingham boys play Houston at 4:15 p.m., the Homer girls play Nikiski at 5:45 p.m. and the Homer boys play Nikiski at 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, the Homer girls play Dillingham at noon, the Homer boys play Dillingham at 1:30 p.m., the Houston girls play Nikiski at 3 p.m. and the Houston boys play Nikiski at 4:30 p.m.

 

Ninilchik teams split

The Ninilchik girls and boys are playing at a tournament in Unalakleet. The girls opened with a 41-27 victory over Golovin, while the boys lost to Unalakleet 63-36.

 

Thursday boys

Bulldogs 75, Wolverines 39

Nikiski 24 14 26 11 —75

Dillingham 15 8 10 6 —39

NIKISKI (75) — Carstens 9 3-3 23, Johnson 7 1-2 15, Holloway 6 2-3 15, Stangel 1 0-0 3, Anderson 2 0-0 5, Castro 1 0-0 2, Malston 0 0-0 0, Tauriainen 2 0-0 4, Riddall 0 0-0 0, Jackson 2 1-5 5, Pamplin 1 1-2 3. Totals 31 8-15 75.

DILLINGHAM (39) — Wassily 5 4-5 15, Schlagel 2 0-0 5, Gardiner 0 0-0 0, Miller 3 0-0 6, Luckhurst 0 0-0 0, Burkhardt 1 0-1 3, Smeaton 3 2-2 10, Napoli 0 0-2 0. Totals 14 6-10 39.

3-point field goals — Nikiski 5 (Carstens 2, Holloway 1, Stangel 1, Anderson 1); Dillingham 5 (Smeaton 2, Burkhardt 1, Wassily 1, Schlagel 1).

Team fouls — Nikiski 16; Dillingham 11.

 

Mariners 65, Hawks 55

Homer 17 22 10 16 —65

Houston 20 11 11 13 —55

HOMER (65) — Beachy 1 0-0 3, Reutov 0 12-13 12, Daugharty 6 1-2 17, Schneider 2 3-4 8, Brown 1 1-2 3, Molodih 0 0-2 0, Walsworth 1 0-0 2, Harris 0 0-0 0, Hutt 6 8-11 20. Totals — 17 25-34 65.

HOUSTON (55) — Kleewein 1 0-0 2, Griffith 1 5-6 7, K. Taylor 0 0-0 0, Baird 2 0-1 5, L. Taylor 0 0-0 0, Elson 0 0-0 0, Barron 8 2-4 21, Seachao 3 0-0 7, M. Ruta 3 1-1 9, J. Taylor 1 2-4 4. Totals — 19 10-16 55.

3-point goals — Homer 6 (Daugharty 4, Beachy, Schneider), Houston 7 (Barron 3, M. Ruta 2, Baird, Saechao). Team fouls — Homer 16, Houston 25. Fouled out — J. Taylor.

 

Thursday girls

Mariners 41, Hawks 28

Houston 4 7 10 7 —28

Homer 9 8 11 13 —41

HOUSTON (28) — Malidore 1 4-4 6, Ruth 0 1-2 1, Bean 0 0-0 0, Wilkerson 0 0-0 0, Nida 0 0-0 0, Wells 6 2-4 14, Apangalook 2 0-0 4, Barber 1 0-0 2, Quincy 0 0-0 0, May-Thomas 0 1-2 1, Holmgren 0 0-0 0, Bohl 0 0-0 0. Totals — 10 7-12 28.

HOMER (41) — Ramirez-Clark 0 1-2 1, Alexander 2 0-0 4, Koplin 0 0-0 0, Draves 0 0-0 0, Akers 3 6-7 13, Fellows 0 0-0 0, Waclawski 2 1-2 5, Luck 3 3-4 9, Kann 0 0-0 0, Cabana 2 5-6 9. Totals — 12 17-21 41.

3-point goals — Homer 1 (Akers). Team fouls — Houston 17, Homer 16. Fouled out — none.

 

Bulldogs 47, Wolverines 41

Dillingham 10 8 9 14 —41

Nikiski 21 11 7 8 —47

DILLINGHAM (41) — S. Dray 2 0-0 5, Rolf 4 3-5 11, Tennyson 0 1-2 1, T. Schroeder 2 3-3 8, Carlos 5 2-4 12, M. Dray 0 1-2 1, George 0 3-5 3, S. Schroeder 0 0-0 0. Totals — 13 13-21 41.

NIKISKI (47) — Riddall 2 1-2 5, Cook 4 0-0 8, Costello 2 3-4 7, Litke 2 0-0 4, Lynch 3 0-0 6, Thompson 4 7-10 15, Litzen 0 0-0 0, Darch 1 0-0 2. Totals — 18 11-16 47.

3-point goals — Dillingham 2 (S. Dray, T. Schroeder). Team fouls — Dillingham 15, Nikiski 21. Fouled out — none.

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