Skyview boys topple Homer

Posted: Friday, January 07, 2005

 

  Homer's Jamey Smith uses Skyview's Bobby Hering, right, to get elevation on Skyview's Brian Blossom in the third quarter Thursday at the Subway SoHi Tipoff Tournament. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Homer's Jamey Smith uses Skyview's Bobby Hering, right, to get elevation on Skyview's Brian Blossom in the third quarter Thursday at the Subway SoHi Tipoff Tournament.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

The Homer Mariners battled back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime, but it was the Skyview High School boys basketball team that prevailed in the extra period, picking up a 65-63 victory Thursday in the opening round of the Subway-SoHi Tipoff Tournament at Soldotna High School.

In Thursday's other games, Kodiak opened the tournament with a 40-37 win over Seward, Anchorage Christian Schools defeated Kenai Central 66-65 in double overtime, and West Valley defeated the host Stars 52-46.

Tournament play continues today with Kenai-Seward at 3 p.m., Homer-Soldotna at 4:45 p.m., Kodiak-ACS at 6:30 p.m. and Skyview-West Valley at 8:15 p.m. Games begin at 11 a.m. Saturday with the tournament championship game slated for 4:15 p.m.

Skyview's Brian Blossom provided the winning basket for the Panthers, driving to the basket for two points after Homer's Luke Gilbert had drained a 3-pointer to tie the game at 63.

The Mariners had just enough time for one more shot, but never got a good look at the basket and a long 3-point attempt fell short.

"That's the thing you've got to do. You've got to keep your composure," said Blossom of the Panthers' final offensive possession and subsequent defensive stand.

Blossom finished with 24 points to lead the Panthers while William Vanhoose scored 12, Gregory Bosick netted 11 and Zack Rowell finished with 10 points.

"I thought Skyview approached the game exactly the same way we did — they play good man-to-man defense, and they play well against man-to-man defense," said Homer coach Steve Smith.

Good defense proved to be key for the Mariners as Homer opened the fourth quarter with a nine-point run to pull to within a point, 46-45, with just under six minutes to play in regulation.

A two-point basket from Vanhoose and a pair of free throws by Blossom gave Skyview a little bit of breathing room, but Homer kept pushing the pace of the game.

A 3-pointer from Jamey Smith pulled the Mariners back to within four points, 58-54, with about two minutes to play, and a basket by Gilbert narrowed the gap to two points.

Homer got the ball right back when Skyview was whistled for an offensive foul, and Gilbert tied the game at 58 with 1:25 left in regulation.

Blossom took charge of the game in overtime, though, scoring five of his team's seven points in the frame.

"We felt like we let them back in it (in the fourth quarter). We tried to step up our defense a lot more in overtime," Blossom said.

Steve Smith said defense is what kept the Mariners close despite a cold night from the field.

"We never feel like we're out of a game, and that's due to the defensive ethic these guys have," said Smith. "Even when you struggle with shooting percentage, good defense keeps you in ballgames."

Gilbert finished with 20 points for Homer, Jamey Smith netted 13 and Justin Smith scored 11.

Blossom said he felt his team played well on offense despite the holiday break.

"We did really good considering we hadn't had a game all Christmas break. Defensively, we could probably still use a little work," Blossom said.

Anchorage Christian 66, Kenai Central 65, 2OT

Kenai Central led by nine at the half, but the Lions tied the game at 30 heading into the fourth quarter and twice forced extra periods.

Kevin Epperheimer led the Kardinals with 28 points and Jordan Jenckes contributed 10 points.

Richard McNutt led the Lions with 25 points.

Kodiak 40, Seward 37

Ryan Dieckgraeff scored 10 points to lead the Seahawks, but Kodiak's Mark Putney and Zach Keplinger each netted 13 to lead the Bears to a win.

Seward had a narrow lead, 21-19, at the half, and the Bears trailed by one point, 29-28, heading into the final quarter.

West Valley 52, Soldotna 46

After trailing by as much as 22 points, the Stars were able to battle back to within two points but were never able to catch the fast-starting Wolfpack.

Soldotna trailed 40-18 at the half but outscored West Valley 18-2 in the third quarter.

Tony Besse scored 14 to lead the Stars while Matt Hicks netted 12 points and Ryan Hall finished with 11 points.

Ronald Moore led the Wolfpack with 22 points, including five 3-pointers.

Thursday's games

Bears 40, Seahawks 37

Seward 13 8 8 8 — 37

Kodiak 15 4 9 12 — 40

SEWARD (37) — Hetrick 1 0-0 3, B. Beck 1 0-0 2, Swiderski 3 0-0 6, C. Beck 4 0-0 8, Elhard 0 0-0 0, Dieckgraeff 4 2-6 10, Adelmann 4 0-0 8. Totals — 17 2-6 37.

KODIAK (40) — Ngeunhahak 2 2-2 6, Catt 0 0-0 0, Buenaluz 0 0-0 0, Doctolero 1 0-0 2, Miller 0 0-0 0, Johnson 2 0-2 4, Thomas 1 0-0 2, Putney 3 1-2 13, Sweeney 0 0-0 0, Keplinger 6 1-3 13. Totals — 15 4-9 40.

3-point goals — Seward 1 (Hetrick), Kodiak 3 (Putney 3). Total fouls — Seward 12, Kodiak 7. Fouled out — none.

Lions 66, Kardinals 65, 2OT

ACS 6 8 16 17 11 8 — 66

Kenai 10 13 7 17 11 7 — 65

ANCHORAGE CHRISTIAN (66) — Peterson 1 0-0 2, McNutt 11 2-6 25, Slepecki 0 0-0 0, Dyson 1 7-8 10, Webb 2 0-0 4, Klein 0 0-0 0, Fuller 4 0-2 10, Dwyer 7 1-2 15. Totals — 26 10-18 66.

KENAI CENTRAL (65) — Hansen 2 0-0 4, Saltzgiver 1 1-2 4, Chappell 0 0-0 0, Reemtsma 0 0-0 0, Ellis 0 0-0 0, Epperheimer 10 6-10 28, Miles 3 0-0 6, McLeod 2 1-2 5, Bennett 4 0-0 8, Jenckes 3 4-5 10. Totals 25 12-19 65.

3-point goals — ACS 4 (Fuller 2, McNutt, Dyson), Kenai 3 (Epperheimer 2, Saltzgiver). Total fouls — ACS 17, Kenai 16. Fouled out — McLeod.

Panthers 65, Mariners 63, OT

Homer 16 13 7 22 5 — 63

Skyview 18 13 15 12 7 — 65

HOMER (63) — Ju. Smith 4 3-4 11, Taylor 1 0-0 2, Logan 1 0-0 2, Gilbert 8 1-2 20, Siekaniec 4 1-3 9, Isenhour 0 0-1 0, Trowbridge 2 2-3 6, Ja. Smith 5 2-3 13. Totals — 25 9-16 63.

SKYVIEW (65) — Vanhoose 5 1-2 12, Rowell 3 4-4 10, Dolifka 0 0-0 0, Bosick 5 1-6 11, D. Blossom 0 1-1 1, B. Blossom 7 9-12 24, Singleton 0 0-0 0, Hering 1 5-8 7. Totals — 21 21-33 65.

3-point goals — Homer 4 (Gilbert 3, Ja. Smith), Skyview (Vanhoose, B. Blossom). Total fouls — Homer 22, Skyview 16. Fouled out — Taylor. Technical fouls — Gilbert.

Wolfpack 52, Stars 46

West Valley 19 21 2 10 — 52

Soldotna 10 8 18 10 — 46

WEST VALLEY (52) — Moore 8 1-2 22, Graham 2 2-2 6, McKay 1 0-0 3, Hegdal 0 0-0 0, Meyer 3 0-0 6, Santana 0 0-0 0, Evans 1 1-1 3, Anderson 2 0-0 4, Webb 0 0-0 0, Edwards 2 3-5 8. Totals — 19 7-10 52.

SOLDOTNA (46) — Turnbull 0 0-0 0, Harp 0 0-0 0, Hall 4 3-5 11, Besse 6 2-2 14, Carver 1 0-0 3, Roberts 0 0-2 0, Spindler 1 2-3 4, Hicks 5 2-2 12, Seggerman 1 0-2 2. Totals — 18 9-16 46.

3-point goals — West Valley 7 (Moore 5, McKay, Edwards), Soldotna 1 (Carver). Total fouls — West Valley 15, Soldotna 15. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — West Valley.



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