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Host Bulldogs take district championship from favored ACS boys

There's no place like home

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2002

The Nikiski High School boys basketball team took full advantage of playing on its home court Saturday, turning the wood surface into a track and racing past Anchorage Christian Schools 69-45 to claim the District 3/3A tournament championship.

"We didn't have any real pressure -- we were already going to state," said Nikiski's David Holloway. "It's was our very last home game, and coach (Reid Kornstad) told us, 'Play like you want to be remembered.' That's what we did."

The Bulldogs gave the home fans plenty to remember, coming back from a deficit in the first quarter. The Lions connected for four 3-pointers during the frame, and had a 20-16 lead heading into the second quarter.

Nikiski never panicked, though.

"After the first quarter, our coach just said we were playing good, but to pick up the defense -- don't give up 20 points in a quarter," Holloway said. "We did that."

In fact, the Bulldogs held the Lions to nine points in the second quarter, and gave up just 16 points in the entire second half.

Kornstad credited Jason Gerke with keying the defense.

"He was the silent assassin on defense," Kornstad said.

Nikiski's defense in turn fed its track-team offense.

"We always want to play to our strengths. We have some athletes on the team that lend themselves to being aggressive," Kornstad said.

Reilly was a beneficiary of the up-tempo game, striking 24 points to lead all scorers. Many of Reilly's baskets were courtesy of a nice feed from Holloway.

"I knew they'd try to be keying on me," Holloway said. "Josh is really athletic. He can take it to the hole on anybody."

Holloway did manage to free himself up long enough to score 23 points, including 12 in the first quarter, nine of them on treys, to help the Bulldogs weather the Lions' early flurry.

Jeremiah Taylor finished with nine points for the Bulldogs, and Rustin Hitchcock contributed seven points to the win.

Buddy Bailey scored 20 points to lead the Lions.

Holloway added that Kornstad's wedding anniversary on Friday provided some inspiration for Saturday's heroics.

Kornstad said he was thrilled with the win.

"I don't want to say that this was a surprise, because I have a lot of faith in my guys," Kornstad said. "But it sure feels good, surprise or not, seeing the investment these guys have made paying off in a win -- a big win."

BULLDOGS 69, LIONS 45

ACS 20 9 10 6 -- 45

Nikiski 16 15 20 18 -- 69

ANCHORAGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS (45) -- Lemieux 0 0-0 0, Madren 4 0-0 10, Alden 3 0-0 6, Scantlin 1 0-2 2, Bailey 8 2-2 20, Dunbar 2 1-2 5, Homan 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 19 3-6 45.

NIKISKI (69) -- Reilly 11 2-4 24, Crumpacker 1 0-0 2, J. Gerke 2 0-0 4, Taylor 4 1-1 9, Holloway 7 5-5 23, Hitchcock 2 3-5 7. Totals -- 27 11-15 69.

3-point goals -- ACS 4 (Madren 2, Bailey 2), Nikiski 4 (Holloway 4). Total fouls -- ACS 19, Nikiski 10. Fouled out -- none.

Houston 57, Grace 43

The Hawks used balanced scoring to take third place from the Grizzlies Saturday.

Jesse Webb paced Houston with 12 points. Four other players had at least seven points for Houston.

The Hawks were hanging on to a 36-34 lead entering the fourth quarter, but then outscored Grace 21-9 in the final period to ice the victory.

Steven Perry scored 14 points for Grace, while Tim Ingalls added 13.

HAWKS 57, GRIZZLIES 43

Grace 11 9 14 9 --43

Houston 11 14 11 21 --57

GRACE (43) -- Edmunds 0 0-0 0, Ingalls 6 0-0 13, Campbell 0 0-0 0, Sandstrom 0 0-0 0, Eddy 0 0-0 0, Lasseter 2 0-2 5, Lewis 1 0-0 2, Perry 6 0-0 14, Hale 1 0-0 2, Wade 0 0-0 0, Musgrave 1 1-2 3, Strait 2 0-0 4. Totals -- 19 1-4 43.

HOUSTON (57) -- Webb 4 4-4 12, Haragan 2 2-2 7, Smith 1 1-2 3, Sandidge 2 2-4 7, Veit 0 1-2 1, Clemens 3 1-2 8, Richey 0 2-2 2, Conner 0 0-0 0, Stull 1 2-2 4, Webb 1 3-6 5, Shurtleff 3 2-4 8. Totals -- 17 20-30 57.

3-point goals -- Grace 4 (Perry 2, Lasseter 1, Ingalls 1); Houston 3 (Haragan 1, Sandidge 1, Clemens 1). Total fouls -- Grace 23, Houston 11. Fouled out -- Strait.

Heritage 59, Seward 54

The Heritage Christian boys basketball team came from behind to defeat Seward for fourth place at the District 3/3A championships.

Seward had a 28-23 lead at the half, but Heritage was able to tie the game at 40 after the third quarter and maintained that momentum through the final frame to clinch the win.

Heritage's D.J. Newsome led all scorers with 23 points while teammate Sean Flascher knocked down 14 points.

Victor Miller and Jake Boulden each scored 15 points to lead the Seahawks.

EAGLES 59, SEAHAWKS 54

Seward 16 12 12 14 -- 54

Heritage 14 9 17 19 -- 59

SEWARD (54) -- Miller 3 7-8 15, Elhard 3 1-2 7, Wolfe 0 0-0 0, Swiderski 4 0-0 8, Clemens 0 0-0 0, Jones 2 1-1 5, Boulden 5 4-6 15, Rininger 2 0-0 4, Price 0 0-0 0, Pullins 0 0-0 0, Davis 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 19 13-17 54.

HERITAGE (59) -- D.J. Newsome 8 4-7 23, M. Meissner 0 0-0 0, Hebnes 0 0-2 0, G. Meissner 0 0-0 0, Gutierrez 2 4-5 10, Flascher 6 2-6 14, Anderson 1 2-3 4, Jas. Reando 2 0-0 4, Corbin 2 0-0 4. Totals -- 21 12-23 59.

3-point goals -- Seward 3 (Miller 2, Boulden), Heritage 5 (D.J. Newsome 3, Gutierrez 2). Total fouls -- Seward 19, Heritage 16. Fouled out -- Boulden, Corbin.



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