The Cook Inlet Academy girls high school basketball team recorded a victory to open the District 3/2A basketball tournament Wednesday, defeating Nikolaevsk 37-18 at Lumen Christi in Anchorage.
In other girls games Wednesday, Unalaska defeated Lumen Christi 37-32 and Bristol Bay defeated Seldovia 56-33.
In Wednesday's boys games, Cook Inlet Academy began defense of its district title with a 49-29 win over Homer Christian, Bristol Bay defeated Ninilchik 51-30, Nikolaevsk edged past Unalaska 56-51 and the host Archangels defeated Seldovia 78-45.
Cook Inlet girls 37, Nikolaevsk 18
The Eagles were able to steadily pull away from the Warriors in the first game of the tournament. Alyse Bell paced Cook Inlet with 14 points while Hannah Thornton scored eight.
Olivia Tipikin and Alex Gordeev each scored six for Nikolaevsk.
Cook Inlet Academy will square off with defending champion Ninilchik today at 5:30 p.m. Nikolaevsk has a bye in the consolation bracket and will play a team yet to be determined Friday.
Bristol Bay girls 56, Seldovia 33
Bristol Bay jumped out to an early lead against Seldovia, taking a 20-3 advantage after one quarter of play. Ashley Darien led the Sea Otters with 10 points. Danica Wilson scored 16 to lead the Angels.
Bristol Bay will meet Unalaska in today's winners bracket game while Seldovia will play Lumen Christi today at 9 a.m. in the consolation bracket.
Cook Inlet boys 49, Homer Christian 29
The Eagles jumped out to an early lead and never looked back to defeat the Knights.
Adam Cooper led Cook Inlet with 17 points while Jeremy Franchino chipped in with 10 points. Peter Resetarits was Homer Christian's leading scorer with 14 points.
The Eagles advance to a 7 p.m. semifinal showdown with Bristol Bay today. The Knights will meet Ninilchik at 10:30 a.m. in the consolation bracket.
Lumen Christi boys 78, Seldovia 45
The top-seeded Archangels led 46-15 at the half and advance to face Nikolaevsk today at 4 p.m. in the semifinals.
Noah Brauner and Philip Chinnery each scored 19 points for Lumen Christi.
Colton Collier and Jimmie Payton each scored 12 points and Chance Collier netted 10 points for the Sea Otters.
Seldovia faces Unalaska in today's noon consolation bracket game.
Bristol Bay boys 51, Ninilchik 30
The Wolverines were within a point, 20-19, at the half, but the Angels went on a 15-4 third-quarter run to secure the opening-round win.
Conner Copper had 10 points and Charles Pulliam netted seven for the Wolverines, who now must face Homer Christian in today's 10:30 a.m. consolation bracket game.
Allan Tibbetts netted 18 points and Graham Morrison scored 15 for the Angels. Bristol Bay will play Cook Inlet in today's 7 p.m. semifinal.
Nikolaevsk boys 56, Unalaska 51
The Warriors held off Unalaska's second-half rally to advance to the semifinals.
Anecta Kalugin led the Warriors with 15 points, Peter Tipikin netted 13 and Jake Bailey scored 10 points.
Joe Lekanoff led Unalaska with 17 points.
Nikolaevsk squares off with Lumen Christi in today's 4 p.m. semifinal while Unalaska faces Seldovia in the noon consolation bracket game.
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