Zach Carey (#12) of Yukon battles Jamie Innuaraq (#20) of Nunavut for a rebound, while Robin Cunningham (#11) and Johnny Pederson (#13) look on.
Photo By Charles Pulliam
The Yukon boys basketball team snuck away with a 67-65 win Tuesday against Nunavut at Cook Inlet Academy in Soldotna.
“They outplayed us tonightthe only thing that wasn’t in their favor was the final score,” Yukon boys coach Jamie Shaw said.
Tim Steele-Beaver of Yukon sank 1-of-2 from the foul line with six seconds remaining in the game. Steele-Beaver finished with 19 points to lead Yukon. Nunavut’s Jamie Innuaraq’s desperation jumper at the buzzer fell short as Yukon pulled out the win.
“We had a few mistakes in the end there, but this is by far our best game we’ve played,” said Nunavut’s Sam Carter.
Carter picked up his fifth foul with only 39 seconds remaining and was forced to watch the end of the game from the bench. He scored 17 points in the losing effort.
“That final 30 seconds or so was the longest of my life,” Carter said of fouling out.
Both teams started the game rather slow offensively and combined for 18 turnovers in the first quarter of the game. Nunavut stretched their slim 12-11 lead after the first quarter to 32-26 by halftime.
“It was a very back and forth game. I think my guys really underestimated them (Nunavut),” Shaw said.
In the third quarter, Nunavut maintained a slim lead despite shooting only 33-percent from the floor to set up the intense fourth quarter.
“We played our game and had faith in each other,” Nunavut boys coach Qajaq Robinson said, “Defensively this game, we were relentless.”
Nunavut forced 31 Yukon turnovers throughout the game.
Aaron Pederson drained five 3-pointers and scored 19 points to lead Nunavut in the loss. Peter Ohokak added 18 points for Nunavut, while Jiarui Liang scored 11 points and David Peterson had eight points for Yukon.
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