Bears nip Soldotna for crown

SoHi can't defend Tipoff tourney title

Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2001

The Soldotna High School boys basketball team came up just short in its quest to defend the SoHi Tipoff Tournament title, dropping the championship game to Kodiak 53-48 Saturday at Soldotna High School.

In other games Saturday, the Skyview Panthers nabbed third place with a 66-55 win over the Homer Mariners, the Valdez Buccaneers defeated the Houston Hawks 60-40 to capture fifth place and the Kenai Kardinals downed the Nikiski Bulldogs 67-53 to take seventh place in the tournament.

"Definitely," Soldotna's Nick Christensen said when asked if the Stars could apply some of the lessons learned in Saturday's game when they face Kodiak in Region III competition. "We got close once, and we feel confident we can get them the next time."

In fact, the Stars went down to the wire with the Bears. Soldotna's Aaron Hughes was fouled pulling down a defensive rebound with 18 seconds left in the game and the Stars trailing by two.

With the Stars in the bonus, Hughes went to the foul line and calmly nailed both ends of a one-and-one to tie the score at 48.

The Stars dropped back into their half-court defense, prepared to defend their basket over the closing seconds without committing a foul.

Kodiak's Geoffery Agmata -- named the tournament's Most Valuable Player following the game -- found a little bit of room in the lane, though, and sunk his jump shot to give the Bears a 50-48 lead with five seconds left on the clock.

Soldotna called a quick timeout, but Kodiak defended the inbound play well. Soldotna couldn't get the ball back into play in the required five seconds, and the turnover all but ended the Stars' hopes. Kodiak's Curtis Mortenson hit three of four free throws in the final three seconds for the game's final scoring margin.

"We played as hard as we could -- we just came up short," Christensen said. "Everyone on this team played with all their hearts."

Soldotna led by two points, 17-15, after the first quarter, but the Bears started feeding 6-foot-11 Nick Billings inside in the second quarter, and Kodiak led by five points, 22-17, early in the second quarter.

Soldotna closed the gap thanks to some strong defense and Christensen beat the buzzer with one of his four 3-pointers to pull the Stars to within a point, 26-25, at the half.

"Our whole plan was to come in and play tough defense and see what happens," Christensen said. "It's no secret. We're going to come out and play hard defense."

Soldotna's defensive intensity did change Kodiak's game plan.

"We had a hard time adjusting," Kodiak coach Amy Rakers said. "We didn't get the outside shot we were used to getting because Soldotna extended its defense so much."

Instead, the Bears looked to lob the ball inside to Billings and let him use his height advantage against the Soldotna interior defense. Billings finished with a game-high 27 points.

Soldotna and Kodiak matched points through the third quarter -- a pair of treys by Stars' Mike Metteer matched Billings' six points in the paint during that stretch -- but the Bears maintained their slight edge going into the final 18 seconds.

First-year Skyview coach Dave Blossom said the Panthers had a good tournament to open up their season.

"The team is playing good defense and running the offense fairly well," Blossom said. "I was real happy with the way we played -- especially against Soldotna. We were able to keep up our defense and we were able to keep our composure against the defense they were playing."

Nolan Rose led the Panthers in scoring against Homer with 22 points while Josh Rowell netted 17 and Ryan Mallet scored 15.

"For our first couple of games, I think we came out pretty strong," Rowell said. "We're getting to the boards pretty good. Our offense is doing better than it did last year. We've had more time to practice it.

"The SoHi game showed us how far we've come. There's still a lot of room for improvement."

Colby Kincaid led the Mariners with 13 points and Neal Kuipers scored 10.

Todd Eide scored 31 points for Valdez in the Buccaneers' win over Houston. Eide hit six 3-pointers and was 3-for-3 from the foul line.

Josh Kirtland and Travis Webb scored 11 apiece for the Hawks.

Marcus Webster led the way for the Kardinals in Kenai's victory over Nikiski.

Webster scored 23 points, including a 7-for-8 effort from the foul line. Dane Myers scored 12 points for the Kardinals.

Nikiski put together a 20-point fourth quarter against Kenai, but the Bulldogs just couldn't make up enough ground. David Holloway scored 18 points for the Bulldogs.

In Friday's action at the tournament, it was Valdez over Nikiski 73-60, Houston defeating Kenai 51-45, Kodiak topping Homer 70-56 and Soldotna defeating Skyview 54-49.

Chris Roofe scored 23 points and Davis Holloway notched 22 for the Bulldogs, but the Buccaneers used a big third quarter to pull away from Nikiski.

Brian Pickard scored 37 points for Valdez while Todd Eide netted 22.

After falling behind 24-12 in the first quarter, Nikiski made up some ground and trailed by just three points, 33-30, at the half.

Valdez had a big third quarter, powered by Eide's three 3-pointers, and the Bulldogs couldn't claw any closer in the final period.

The Kardinals trailed by two points, 18-16, at the half, but Houston's Jameson Fields scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half to help the Hawks pull away.

Dane Myers and Joel Dunn each scored nine points for the Kardinals.

Josh Kirtland scored a game-high 18 points for the Hawks.

The Mariners kept Kodiak's Nick Billings in check, holding him to 11 points, but Geoffery Agmata lit things up from the outside, scoring 26 points, including six 3-pointers, for the Bears.

Corey Boone had a game-high 27 points for the Mariners.

The Stars rode the hot-shooting hand of Nick Christensen in their semifinal win over Skyview.

Christensen struck for 31 points, including six 3-pointers. Aaron Hughes and Mike Metteer each scored seven to help the Stars advance to Saturday's championship game.

Josh Rowell paced the Panthers with 25 points while Nolan Rose chipped in wit 14 in a losing effort.

The teams were tied at 24 heading into the locker room at the half, and the scored was still knotted up at 34 after the third quarter.

Christensen hit three of his treys in the final quarter and went 4-for-4 from the foul line during that stretch to push the Stars past the Panthers.

SoHi Tipoff Tournament

All-Tournament Team -- Marcus Webster, Kenai; Nolan Rose, Skyview; Brian Pickard, Valdez; Shawn Williams, Soldotna; Corey Boone, Homer; Nick Billings, Kodiak; Todd Eide, Valdez; Josh Rowell, Skyview; Nick Christensen, Soldotna. MVP -- Geoffery Agmata, Kodiak.

Saturday's games

Seventh Place

KARDINALS 67, BULLDOGS 53

Nikiski 11 12 10 20 -- 53

Kenai 15 18 16 18 -- 67

NIKISKI (53) -- Crumpacker 0 0-0 0, Roofe 4 0-0 9, Gerke 1 0-0 3, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Anderson 3 2-3 8, Holloway 7 3-5 18, Bowlin 2 0-0 4, Seater 3 0-0 7, Hitchcock 1 2-4 4. Totals -- 21 7-12 53.

KENAI (67) -- Pault 3 0-0 7, Church 1 0-1 3, Streeter 1 0-0 3, Foley 2 0-0 5, Webster 7 7-8 23, Magsayo 2 0-1 4, Schooley 2 0-1 4, Burck 1 0-0 2, Dunn 2 0-0 4, Dunn 2 0-0 4, Myers 5 2-2 12. Totals -- 26 9-13 67.

3-point goals -- Nikiski 4 (Roofe, Gerke, Holloway, Seater), Kenai 6 (Webster 2, Pault, Church, Streeter, Foley). Total fouls -- Nikiski 15, Kenai 17. Fouled out -- none.

Fifth Place

BUCCANEERS 60, HAWKS 40

Valdez 15 13 19 13 -- 60

Houston 8 3 17 12 -- 40

VALDEZ (60) -- Casillas 3 1-1 7, Blood 0 0-0 0, Pickard 2 1-3 5, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Gilson 1 2-2 4, McCollum 0 2-2 2, Dunham 1 3-5 5, Arts 1 2-2 4, Craig 0 0-0 0, Eide 12 3-3 31, Dahlstrom 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 21 14-18 60.

HOUSTON (40) -- Smith 0 0-0 0, Haragan 1 0-0 2, Kirtland 4 1-2 11, Clemens 2 3-3 8, Fields 3 2-3 8, Bush 0 0-0 0, Webb 4 0-0 11, Cannon 0 0-0 0, Shurtleff 0 0-2 0. Totals -- 13 6-10 40.

3-point goals -- Valdez 6 (Eide 6), Houston 6 (Webb 3, Kirtland 2, Clemens). Total fouls -- Valdez 14, Houston 18. Fouled out -- Webb, Shurtleff.

Third Place

PANTHERS 66, MARINERS 55

Homer 11 20 12 12 -- 55

Skyview 11 22 18 15 -- 66

HOMER (55) -- Kuipers 3 2-3 10, Burns 2 3-4 8, Glanville 0 0-0 0, Boone 1 1-2 4, Stead 2 0-0 4, Holm 3 2-2 8, Kincaid 4 5-8 13, Szajkowski 4 0-1 8. Totals -- 19 13-20 55.

SKYVIEW (66) -- McGarry 3 0-0 6, Burdick 0 2-4 2, Mallet 4 4-5 15, Rose 8 3-4 22, Lewis 1 0-0 2, Norman 0 2-2 2, Edwards 0 0-0 0, Rowell 8 1-3 17. Totals -- 24 12-18 66.

3-point goals -- Homer 4 (Kuipers 2, Burns, Boone), Skyview 6 (Mallet 3, Rose 3). Total fouls -- Homer 16, Skyview 19. Fouled out -- none.

Championship

BEARS 53, STARS 48

Kodiak 15 11 10 17 -- 53

Soldotna 17 8 10 13 -- 48

KODIAK (53) -- Nisbett 2 1-2 5, G. Agmata 3 2-4 9, A. Agmata 0 0-0 0, Mortenson 1 3-4 5, Bailie 2 0-0 4, Kinsley 0 1-2 1, LeDoux 1 0-0 2, Billings 13 1-3 27. Totals -- 22 8-15 53.

SOLDOTNA (48) -- Kelley 0 0-0 0, Williams 2 1-2 5, Simpson 1 0-0 2, Christensen 8 3-4 23, Hardina 1 0-0 2, Kiffmeyer 0 2-2 2, Zeyer 0 0-0 0, Hughes 1 2-2 5, Metteer 3 0-0 9, Rose 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 15 8-10 48.

3-point goals -- Kodiak 1 (G. Agmata), Soldotna 8 (Christensen 4, Metteer 3, Hughes 1). Total fouls --Kodiak 13, Soldotna 18. Fouled out -- Billings, Williams.

Friday's games

BUCCANEERS 73, BULLDOGS 60

Valdez 24 9 23 17 -- 73

Nikiski 12 18 12 18 -- 60

VALDEZ (73) -- Casillas 0 0-0 0, Blood 1 0-0 2, Pickard 13 5-6 37, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Gilson 3 0-0 6, McCollum 0 0-0 0, Dunham 0 0-2 0, Arts 2 0-1 4, Craig 1 0-0 2, Eide 7 4-4 22, Dahlstrom 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 27 9-13 73.

NIKISKI (60) -- Crumpacker 0 0-0 0, Roofe 10 3-4 23, Gerke 2 0-0 4, Sanger 0 0-0 0, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Holloway 7 4-4 22, Bowlin 2 5-5 9, Seater 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 22 12-13 60.

3-point goals -- Valdez 10 (Pickard 6, Eide 4), Nikiski 4 (Holloway 4). Total fouls -- Valdez 15, Nikiski 17. Fouled out -- Arts.

HAWKS 51, KARDINALS 45

Houston 13 5 16 17 -- 51

Kenai 8 8 11 18 -- 45

HOUSTON (51) -- Webb 0 0-0 0, Haragan 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 0-0 0, Kirtland 6 3-3 18, Clemens 2 0-0 4, Foster 0 1-2 1, Fields 5 4-5 14, Bush 0 0-0 0, Webb 1 2-2 4, Cannon 0 0-0 0, Shurtleff 5 0-0 10. Totals -- 19 10-12 51.

KENAI (45) -- Pault 1 0-0 3, Church 0 0-0 0, Foley 2 0-1 5, Webster 4 0-2 8, Magsayo 2 1-2 5, Schooley 0 2-2 2, Burck 1 1-2 4, Dunn 2 5-6 9, Myers 4 1-1 9. Totals -- 16 11-16 45.

3-point goals -- Houston 3 (Kirtland 3), Kenai 3 (Pault, Foley, Burck). Total fouls -- Houston 15, Kenai 17. Fouled out --Webster.

BEARS 70, MARINERS 56

Kodiak 17 19 14 20 -- 70

Homer 9 15 11 21 -- 56

KODIAK (70) -- Nisbett 3 0-0 6, G. Agmata 7 6-8 28, A. Agmata 1 0-0 3, Schwarz 0 0-0 0, Kilborn 0 0-0 0, Mortenson 1 0-0 3, Bailie 0 1-2 1, Kinsley 1 2-4 4, LeDoux 7 1-2 16, Billings 5 1-3 11. Totals -- 25 11-19 70.

HOMER (56) -- Kuipers 2 0-0 5, Burns 3 1-5 7, Glanville 0 0-0 0, Boone 9 2-2 27, Stead 1 0-2 2, Holm 0 0-1 0, Kincaid 4 0-0 8, Szajkowski 2 3-3 7, Chambers 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 21 6-13 56.

3-point goals -- Kodiak 9 (G. Agmata 6, A. Agmata, Mortenson, LeDoux), Homer 8 (Boone 7, Kuipers). Total fouls -- Kodiak 19, Homer 17. Fouled out -- none.

STARS 54, PANTHERS 49

Skyview 14 10 10 15 -- 49

Soldotna 13 11 10 20 -- 54

SKYVIEW (49) -- Rose 5 4-4 14, Norman 1 0-1 2, Mallett 0 0-0 0, Edwards 1 0-1 2, Burdick 0 0-2 0, Rowell 11 3-3 25, McGarry 2 0-0 4, Lewis 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 21 7-11 49.

SOLDOTNA (54) -- Christensen 10 5-6 31, Hardina 1 1-2 3, Kelley 0 2-3 2, Rose 0 2-2 2, Metteer 3 0-0 7, Williams 0 2-2 2, Zeyer 0 0-0 0, Morris 0 0-0 0, Hughes 2 2-3 7, Kiffmeyer 0 0-0 0, Histand 0 0- 0, Simpson 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 16 14-18 54.

3-point goals -- Soldotna 8 (Christensen 6, Metteer, Hughes). Total fouls -- Skyview 19, Soldotna 15. Fouled out -- Norman, McGarry.



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