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Kodiak captures Tip-Off

Kardinals succumb in nip-and-tuck affair

Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2003

A late free throw by Chad Mortenson pushed the Kodiak boys basketball team past the Kenai Kardinals 66-65 Saturday in the championship game of the 2003 Subway Tip-Off Tournament at Soldotna High School.

Mortenson, named the tournament MVP, scored 13 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter. He also made one of two free throws with 1.1 seconds left to ice the victory for the Bears.

Kenai started the game hot, knocking down four first-quarter 3-point shots to jump out to a 25-12 lead. Kenai guards Ian Foley, Steve Steiner and Nick Barnes each hit early 3-pointers to key the Kardinals' early charge.

"Kenai just really shot the ball well," said Kodiak head coach Amy Fogle after the game.

Kenai's interior defense also was strong early, as senior center Dean Schinn and senior forward Caleb Schooley combined to hold Mortenson to just four first-half points.

Kenai led 35-30 after the first half, with Foley leading the way with nine -- all on 3-point shots.

"It was really nice to see Foley shoot well," said Kenai coach Rich Bartolowits after the game. Foley scored 14 points in the game and was named to the all-tournament team with Schooley.

In the second half, both teams' big men asserted their dominance. Kodiak senior guard Alfie Agmata -- also an all-tourney selection -- pushed the ball inside to Mortenson several times, freeing the forward for some easy baskets.

"They were playing behind on the post, so we tried to pound it inside," Fogle said.

Mortenson and Schooley -- who finished with 18 points in the game -- battled back and forth in the third as Kodiak muscled its way to a 51-47 lead after three. Schooley had eight of Kenai's 12 points in the quarter, while Mortenson added nine of his own.

"I like the rough play," Schooley said after spending the evening battling Kodiak's star forward.

In the fourth quarter, Kenai and Kodiak traded leads several times in the last three minutes of the game. It looked as if the Kardinals might pull out a victory after Nick Barnes made a driving layup with just over a minute left to play to give the Kards a 64-63 advantage.

After Agmata missed a 3-point attempt with 35 seconds left, Barnes added a free throw to move the Kards ahead by two.

Kodiak came down following the Barnes free throw and immediately pushed the ball in to Mortenson. The forward put in a layup over Kenai's Schinn and was fouled, but could not convert from the line.

With the game tied, Schooley threw a long inbounds pass to Barnes, who was immediately hammered by Mortenson. However, Barnes missed the front half of a one-and-one opportunity, and Kodiak got the ball back with 15 seconds left to play.

Schooley said Kenai's poor free-throw shooting down the stretch may have cost the Kards the victory. Kenai was just 7 of 13 in the final quarter.

"We needed to make some free throws, and we didn't," Schooley said.

With the clock winding down, Agmata again drove into the lane and passed to Mortenson, who was fouled by Schinn on the shot attempt. Mortenson calmly stepped to the line and hit the first of two free-throw attempts. Mortenson's second shot missed the mark, giving Kenai one last chance to pull out a victory, but Schooley's floor-length pass soared too high for Barnes, and Kodiak had its one-point win.

After the game, Kenai's Schinn said his team had nothing to be ashamed of in losing to the Bears.

"That shows our team is starting to take steps forward instead of backward."

Bartolowits agreed that Kenai may have pulled out a moral victory in playing Kodiak -- which beat Kenai by 15 earlier this season --so close.

"We have a lot of things to improve on, but they're things we can fix and we can see where we can get better. I'm happy with where we're at," he said.

At the least, he added, Kenai lived up to its reputation as one of the most exciting teams on the peninsula.

"We gave the crowd their money's worth," Bartolowits said.

Palmer 58, Nikiski 43

The Moose put together a big first-quarter run to down the Bulldogs in the third-place game.

Jeremiah Taylor and Kevin Gerke each scored 10 points for the Bulldogs.

Homer 56, Monroe 47

Led by 16 points from Adam Crum, the Homer Mariners defeated the Monroe Rams in the fifth-place game.

The Mariners led 16-11 after the first quarter and extended their lead to 12 points, 32-20, at the half.

Skyview 70, Soldotna 46

The Panthers defeated the host Stars in the seventh-place game.

Adam Cooper led all scorers with 25 points for the Panthers. Matt Travers and Ryan Geller each had 11 for Skyview and Adam Kosydar netted nine.

Tommy Turnbull led the Stars with 15 points while Ricky Simpson scored 12.

KARDINALS 65, BEARS 66

Kenai 25 10 12 18 -- 65

Kodiak 12 18 21 15 -- 66

KENAI (65) -- Steiner 3 1-2 9, Chappell 0 2-2 2, Foley 4 2-2 14, Craig 0 0-0 0, Schooley 8 2-4 18, Barnes 7 1-3 16, Gemmell 1 0-2 2, Schinn 2 0-0 4. Totals -- 25 8-15 65.

KODIAK (66) -- Agmata 2 0-0 6, Cabudal 1 0-0 2, Roundsville 1 0-0 3, Johnson 4 3-4 13, Simpson 2 1-2 5, Reitz 1 1-2 4, Norton 3 0-1 7, Mortenson 12 2-7, 26. Totals -- 26 7-16 66.

3-point goals -- Kenai 7 (Foley 4, Steiner 2, Barnes) Kodiak 7 (Agmata 2, Johnson 2, Roundsville, Reitz, Norton). Total fouls -- Kodiak 13, Kenai 21. Fouled out -- Steiner, Schinn.

MOOSE 58, BULLDOGS 43

Nikiski 12 10 11 10 -- 43

Palmer 28 11 11 8 -- 58

NIKISKI (43) -- Gerke 3 2-5 10, M. Jorgensen 2 2-4 6, Rooper 2 0-0 4, Taylor 5 0-0 10, Lemmityinen 1 0-0 2, Carlson 2 0-0 5, Hitchcock 3 0-1 6. Totals -- 18 4-10 43.

PALMER (58) -- Johnson 2 0-0 5, Bentti 3 4-4 10, Prins 3 0-0 6, Gaines 5 0-2 12, DuBois 1 0-0 3, Ratcliff 5 0-0 10, Ammu 1 0-0 3, Foxley 4 1-4 9, Devan 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 24 5-10 58.

3-point goals -- Nikiski 3 (Gerke 2, Carlson), Palmer 5 (Gaines 2, Johnson, Dubois, Ammu). Total fouls -- Nikiski 9, Palmer 10. Fouled out -- none.

MARINERS 56, RAMS 47

Homer 16 16 9 15 -- 56

Monroe 11 9 9 18 -- 47

HOMER (56) -- Kuhns 4 1-2 9, Mahan 1 0-0 2, Adams 0 1-2 1, Turner 5 1-2 11, Luebert 2 1-2 5, Stead 3 2-2 8, Crum 7 2-2 16, Smith 0 0-0 0, Golson 1 2-2 4. Totals -- 23 10-14 56.

MONROE (47) -- Lam 5 2-4 13, G. Herting 2 1-2 6, Drexler 2 0-1 5, Burglin 1 1-1 3, Fantazzi 3 0-0 8, Carpuk 1 0-0 2, B. Herting 2 0-0 4, Carpluk 1 1-1 3, Bell 0 3-4 3. Totals -- 17 8-13 47.

3-point goals -- Monroe 5 (Fantazzi 2, Lam, G. Herting, Drexler). Total fouls -- Homer 15, Monroe 16. Fouled out -- none.

PANTHERS 70, STARS 46

Skyview 9 22 12 27 -- 70

Soldotna 8 11 12 15 -- 46

SKYVIEW (70) -- Shields 3 0-0 6, Travers 5 0-0 11, Mataresse 1 0-1 2, Cushway 3 0-0 6, St. Clair 0 0-0 0, Kosydar 3 3-4 9, Cooper 10 5-5 25, Geller 4 2-2 11. Totals -- 29 10-12 70.

SOLDOTNA (46) -- Turnbull 6 1-3 15, Soderquist 0 0-0 0, Baker 0 0-0 0, Spindler 0 0-0 0, Michal 1 2-3 4, Horn 0 0-0 0, Utrup 0 1-2 1, Sizemore 1 0-1 2, Gomulak 2 0-0 4, Horwath 3 2-2 8, Simpson 5 2-5 12. Totals -- 18 8-16 46.

3-point goals -- Skyview 2 (Travers, Geller), Soldotna 2 (Turnbull 2). Total fouls -- Skyview 19, Soldotna 15. Fouled out -- none.

SoHi Tip-Off All-Tournament Team

Chad Mortenson, Kodiak; Elliot Johnson, Kodiak; Alfie Agmata, Kodiak; Caleb Schooley, Kenai; Steve Steiner, Kenai; Dustin Dubois, Palmer; Stanley Ratcliff, Palmer; Kurtis Devon, Palmer; Jeremiah Taylor, Nikiski; Kevin Gerke, Nikiski. Tournament MVP -- Chad Mortenson, Kodiak.



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