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Eagles knock off Panthers

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2003

The Cook Inlet Academy boys high school basketball team opened the 14th annual Nikiski Tip-Off Tournament in thrilling fashion Thursday, defeating the Skyview High School Panthers 45-43 at Nikiski.

Also in first-round games, the Nikiski girls defeated the Juneau-Douglas girls JV squad 59-28, the Nikiski boys defeated the Bartlett JV team 65-59, and the Skyview girls defeated Kodiak 52-40.

Round-robin tournament play continues today with the Juneau girls facing Kodiak at 2:45 p.m. and the Bartlett boys playing Cook Inlet Academy at 4:30 p.m. The Nikiski girls will play Skyview at 6:15 p.m. and the Nikiski boys will face the Panthers at 8 p.m.

Play concludes Saturday with the Skyview girls playing Juneau at noon followed by the Skyview boys and Bartlett at 1:45 p.m. The Kodiak girls play Nikiski at 3:30 p.m. and the CIA boys play Nikiski in the 5:15 p.m. finale.

In Thursday's game, the CIA boys were able to jump out to a 16-4 lead after the first quarter, though the Panthers narrowed the gap to six, 23-17, by the half, and trailed by four, 38-34, entering the final quarter.

"Skyview's a tough team, and we knew they would come out and make it close. That's what happened," said CIA coach Max Vavilov.

The Eagles were able to maintain their edge through the second half, though, thanks to the hot hand of Jacob Peterson, who scored 10 of his game-high 18 points in the second half, and a timely 3-pointer from Jeremy Franchino late in the fourth quarter.

"We've got a lot of strong players, and it's going to be a different guy every night," Peterson said. "Luckily for me, this was my night. They left me open, and I was able to hit some shots."

Kyle Nettles hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 10 points for the Eagles, and Luke Myers added nine points.

Kaleb Shields led the Panthers with 15 points while Adam Cooper scored 11.

Vavilov credited his squad with a strong defensive effort and a good night on the boards while Peterson suspected the Panthers might not have been ready for CIA's zone defense.

"I don't think they're used to seeing a lot of zone. Most of the 4A teams play man-to-man," Peterson said. "It definitely took them awhile to adjust."

Peterson said things for the Eagles, the defending state 2A champions, were going well this year.

"We only lost one player from last year's team, and all of our underclassmen are a year older and more experienced," Peterson said.

The Nikiski girls were able to use Thursday's game as an opportunity to get some experience.

"We attempted to work on the majority of our offenses tonight," Romans said, adding that he was pleased with his team's effort and saw some progress. "We push the ball up the floor pretty well, but we still need to work our half-court offense better."

Karen Rabung led the Bulldogs with 28 points, but was the team's only double-digit scorer against a Juneau defense Romans said was pretty good.

"For a group of freshman and sophomores, they were very well drilled," Romans said. "They made us work for everything and played hard the whole game."

Nikiski's Katie Floyd said having a chance to run all the offenses in game situations would help the Bulldogs down the stretch.

"We need to have patience on offense," Floyd said. "We needed to slow down the offense a little and get a better feel for it, so when we get in a tough situation, we'll know how to run it."

Jillian Hahnlen led the Crimson Bears with 10 points.

The Skyview girls trailed Kodiak by a basket, 11-9, after the first period, but Laurel Creel scored all of her game-high 16 points over the final three quarters, including a 10-for-14 effort from the foul line, in the Panthers' win. Christina Colvin chipped in with 10 for the Panthers.

Kevin Gerke led the Nikiski boys with 23 points and Jeremiah Taylor netted 13 points in the Bulldogs' win over Bartlett JV.

Girls

PANTHERS 52, BEARS 40

Kodiak 11 8 10 11 -- 40

Skyview 9 12 18 13 -- 52

KODIAK (40) -- Brown 2 2-4 6, Cassidy 4 1-1 11, Fogler 1 0-0 2, A. Horn 0 0-0 0, S. Horn 0 0-0 0, Mullican 3 1-2 7, Murdock 0 0-0 0, Oliver 0 0-0 0, Quass 0 0-0 0, Withrow 7 0-0 14. Totals -- 17 4-7 40.

SKYVIEW (52) -- Verba 0 0-0 0, Gephardt 3 2-2 8, Faigle 0 0-0 0, Carpenter 3 1-3 7, Dalebout 1 0-1 2, Bonebrake 0 0-0 0, Hiler 1 0-0 2, Blake 0 0-0 0, Colvin 5 0-0 10, Creel 3 10-14 16, Fay 3 0-0 7. Totals -- 19 13-20 52.

3-point goals -- Kodiak 2 (Cassidy 2), Skyview 1 (Fay). Total fouls -- Kodiak 11, Skyview 12. Fouled out -- Withrow.

BULLDOGS 59, CRIMSON BEARS 28

Juneau-Douglas JV 4 6 6 12 -- 28

Nikiski 11 18 15 15 -- 59

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS JV (28) -- Hahnlen 5 0-0 10, Potter 0 0-0 0, Smith 1 0-0 2, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Carpeneti 1 1-2 3, Rehfeld 2 3-4 7, Harvey 2 0-0 4, Johnston 1 0-1 2. Totals -- 12 4-7 28.

NIKISKI (59) -- Miyara 1 0-2 3, Ellis 3 0-0 6, Gladden 2 3-4 7, Floyd 2 0-0 4, Auldridge 0 0-0 0, Rabung 13 2-3 28, Herrin 4 0-0 8, Hitchcock 0 1-2 1, Coveyou 0 0-0 0, Salonen 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 26 6-11 59.

3-point goals -- Nikiski 1 (Miyara). Total fouls -- J-D 11, Nikiski 8. Fouled out -- none.

EAGLES 45, PANTHERS 43

CIA 16 7 15 7 -- 45

Skyview 4 13 17 9 -- 43

COOK INLET ACADEMY (45) -- Franchino 1 0-1 3, Peterson 9 0-0 18, Nettles 4 0-0 10, Hillyer 1 1-2 4, Myers 4 0-0 9, Hall 0 1-2 1. Totals -- 19 2-5 45.

SKYVIEW (43) -- Shields 5 5-6 15, Travers 2 0-0 4, Mataresse 1 0-0 2, Cushway 1 0-0 2, St. Clair 0 2-2 2, Smith 0 0-0 0, Kosydar 1 0-0 2, Cooper 5 1-1 11, Geller 2 0-0 5. Totals -- 17 8-9 43.

3-point goals -- CIA 5 (Nettles 2, Franchino, Hillyer, Myers), Skyview 1 (Geller). Total fouls -- CIA 9, Skyview 12. Fouled out -- none.

BULLDOGS 65, GOLDEN BEARS 59

Bartlett JV 11 11 21 16 -- 59

Nikiski 20 19 11 15 -- 65

BARTLETT JV (59) -- Gillespie 2 3-3 7, Herrera 0 0-0 0, Davis 1 0-0 2, Guzman 1 0-0 3, Hurn 2 1-2 6, Regan 3 0-0 9, Jones 4 0-0 10, Cole 0 0-0 0, Larsen 0 0-0 0, Wallen 0 0-0 0, Leiser 1 0-0 3, Stokes 8 2-2 19, Bethune 0 0-0 0, Houston 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 22 6-7 59.

NIKISKI (65) -- Gerke 6 6-8 23, M. Jorgensen 3 3-6 9, Rooper 1 2-2 5, Taylor 4 5-5 13, Lemmityinen 5 0-0 10, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Hitchcock 2 1-1 5. Totals -- 21 17-22 65.

3-point goals -- Bartlett 9 (Regan 3, Jones 2, Guzman, Hurn, Leiser, Stokes), Nikiski 6 (Gerke 5, Rooper). Total fouls -- Bartlett 18, Nikiski 14. Fouled out -- Larsen.



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