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Yukon girls, Alaska boys win Bronze Ulus in basketball

Posted: Saturday, March 11, 2006


  Michael Pate of Team Alaska goes up for a lay-up in front of Nunavut's Sam Carter. Photo By Lee Johnson

Michael Pate of Team Alaska goes up for a lay-up in front of Nunavut's Sam Carter.

Photo By Lee Johnson

The Yukon girls basketball team overcame foul trouble and injuries to beat Nunavut 75-63 in the Junior Female Bronze Ulu game at Cook Inlet Academy on Friday.

Also Friday, the Alaska boys notched a bronze finish after a convincing 118-64 win over Nunavut.

“It’s a great finish to the season and I think we are satisfied with our play,” Yukon girls’ player Janna Tait said.

Tait finished with 17 points for Yukon while Noria Deacon pitched in 13 points in the win.

“We ran into foul trouble and then two players couldn’t play because of ankle injuries, and another had a problem with her shooting hand,” Yukon coach Mark Hureau said. “They [Nunavut] had some very good shooters. After being tied at the half, I think our huge height advantage bailed us out.”

For Nunavut, Melissa Aknaviagak finished with a game-high 24 points.

In the boys’ game, Alaska drained 13-of-31 3-pointers en route to a 2006 Arctic Winter Games basketball scoring high of 118 points while securing the Bronze Ulu for Junior Male competition.

Alaska’s Kyle Fossman poured in 34 points in the victory, including 12-of-13 free-throw shooting and sinking four 3-pointers.

“Kyle (Fossman) was a great leaderleadership was very big for us,” Alaska coach Mike Adams said. “All these boys have never played together and only two of them are from the same community so to play together and not get frustrated is very neat.”

Jonathan Mazzella scored 24 points for Alaska and Jeremy Head added 18 points in the win.

Nunavut’s Sam Carter and Peter Ohokak paced Nunavut with 17 points apiece.


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