Cook Inlet boys run past Nikiski

Posted: Sunday, January 15, 2006

The Cook Inlet Academy boys basketball team’s offense, fueled by a stifling defense, erupted Friday in a 77-39 victory over Nikiski at the Nikiski Tipoff Tournament.

In other games Friday, the Nikiski girls defeated Cook Inlet 39-12, the Palmer boys edged Eagle River 52-50, and the Palmer girls beat Eagle River 72-19.

“Our shots were going, and we played a lot better on defense,” said Cook Inlet boys coach Greg Bell. “We were concerned about Nikiski’s fast break, and we contained it well. We hustled hard, executed on offense, and our shots were going.”

In fact, the Eagles’ defense set up the offense as the Bulldogs had trouble taking care of the ball against Cook Inlet’s half-court pressure. The Eagles frequently had two and sometimes three players pressuring the Nikiski ballhandlers. The pressure led to steals and easy points.

“That’s what our defense is designed for. It’s one of those defenses where either it works or it kills you,” said Bell.

When the Eagles were forced to slow things down, hot perimeter shooting (Cook Inlet scored 10 3-pointers) opened up options in close.

“We try to fast break as much as we can, but we’re not specifically a fast-break team,” said CIA’s Marcus Bell. “We’re not the fastest team in 2A, but we’ve got a couple of talented younger players that are pretty fast.”

Senior Jeremy Franchino led the Eagles with 23 points, while classmate Mike Kytonen netted 11, including three 3-pointers in the third quarter. James Libert, a sophomore, scored 10 points and freshman Nate Byrd scored nine.

Steven Taylor led Nikiski with 15 points, including a 7-for-8 night at the foul line.

Nikiski girls 39, Cook Inlet 12

The Bulldogs were in control throughout the game as the Eagles had trouble with Nikiski’s defense.

Nine different players scored for the Bulldogs, led by Sarah Herrin’s eight points.

Melissa Moffis came up with eight points for the Eagles.

Palmer boys 52, Eagle River 50

Eagle River drained four of its seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, but the Moose held on for the win.

Aaron Kohring scored 19 to lead the Moose and Trent Berberich netted 18. Jay Levesque and David Cannamore each scored 13 for the Wolves.

Palmer girls 72, Eagle River 19

Kelsey Campbell scored 14 to lead Palmer past Eagle River.

Cierra Mickens netted nine for the Wolves.

Girls

BULLDOGS 39, EAGLES 12

Cook Inlet 0 0 6 6 — 12

Nikiski 15 15 4 5 — 39

COOK INLET ACADEMY (12) — Sa. McNutt 0 0-0 0, Hardcastle 0 0-2 0, McConnell 1 0-0 2, Hillyer 0 0-0 0, Moffis 4 0-0 8, Little 0 0-0 0, White 1 0-0 2. Totals — 6 0-2 12.

NIKISKI (39) — Romans 0 0-0 0, Carlson 2 0-0 4, She. Pritchard 3 0-0 6, Griffel 0 1-2 1, Auldridge 3 1-2 7, H. Thompson 2 0-0 4, Herrin 4 0-0 8, T. Thompson 1 0-0 2, Jorgensen 2 0-0 4, Sha. Pritchard 0 0-4 0, Peek 1 1-4 3. Totals — 18 3-12 39.

Boys

EAGLES 77, BULLDOGS 39

Cook Inlet 22 18 22 15 — 77

Nikiski 11 7 7 14 — 39

COOK INLET ACADEMY (77) — Franchino 10 0-0 23, Tieaskie 0 0-0 0, Libert 4 0-0 10, Byrd 4 0-1 9, Kytonen 4 0-2 11, Forsi 2 0-0 4, Burger 2 0-0 5, McAuliffe 4 0-1 8, Zufelt 2 0-0 5, Brown 1 0-0 2. Totals — 33 1-6 77.

NIKISKI (39) — Hemphill 1 0-0 2, Taylor 4 7-8 15, Fagan 0 0-0 0, Miller 2 1-2 5, Cook 2 2-5 6, Ju. Vance 2 1-4 6, Jo. Vance 0 0-0 0, Tumbaga 0 0-0 0, Thurman 2 0-0 5. Totals — 13 11-19 39.

3-point goals — CIA 10 (Franchino 3, Kytonen 3, Libert 2, Byrd), Nikiski 2 (Cook, Thurman). Total fouls — CIA 14, Nikiski 6.



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