The Cook Inlet Academy boys basketball team took another step toward defending its District 3/2A title Thursday, defeating Bristol Bay 52-38 in district tournament play at Lumen Christi in Anchorage.
The win sends the Eagles to a 7 p.m. title game matchup with the host Archangels, who defeated Nikolaevsk 60-33.
In other boys games Thursday, Ninilchik advanced in the consolation bracket with a 68-36 win over Homer Christian and Unalaska knocked Seldovia out of the tournament with a 44-31 win.
The Ninilchik girls also stayed on track for another district title, defeating Cook Inlet Academy 51-10.
In other girls games, Seldovia kept its hopes alive with a 49-38 consolation-bracket win over Lumen Christi while Bristol Bay advanced to the 5:30 p.m. tournament championship bout against the Wolverines with a 60-19 win over Unalaska.
Cook Inlet boys 52, Bristol Bay 38
After a close first quarter, the Eagles were able to pull away in the second half to secure the win.
Cook Inlet had a balanced attack, with Kyle Nettles leading the team with 16 points. Adam Cooper contributed 11 points to the win and Jeremy Franchino chipped in with nine points.
Graham Morrison led the Angels with nine points.
Ninilchik girls 51, Cook Inlet 10
The Wolverines played a great defensive game and received 15 points from Amanda Matson. Alyse Bell paced the Eagles with eight points.
Ninilchik boys 67, Homer Christian 36
The Knights were no match for the hot shooting of the Wolverines' Charles Pullium, who helped his team move ahead in the consolation bracket. Ninilchik will play at 11:30 a.m. today.
Pullium finished 10 of 13 from the floor, hitting all three 3-point shots he attempted, for 24 points. Connor Cooper and Jason Schollenberg each added 17 points for the Wolverines, who led 22-4 after the first period.
Javin Halpin had 23 points to lead the Knights.
Unalaska boys 44, Seldovia 31
Unalaska pulled away in the fourth quarter in a game in which both teams struggled to score points. The Raiders now play a consolation game at 2:30 p.m. today.
Seldovia was 18 of 53 from the floor in the game while the Raiders were 12 of 48. However, Unalaska outscored the Sea Otters 11-4 in the final period to assure victory.
Tim Tutiakoff and Joe Lekanoff each had 12 points to lead Unalaska, while Jimmie Payton had 12 points and Chance Collier added 11 points for the Sea Otters.
Bristol Bay girls 60, Unalaska 19
The Angels rolled into a championship clash with Ninilchik. Callie Riddle had 18 points for Bristol Bay, while Janeca Wilson added 15 points. The Raiders fall into the consolation bracket, where they will play Nikolaevsk at 1 p.m.
Seldovia girls 49, Lumen Christi 38
Tatiana Gruber scored 20 points to lead the Sea Otters to a consolation victory over the Archangels. Lumen Christi's season is done, while Seldovia plays Cook Inlet Academy in a consolation game at 10 a.m. today.
Ashley Darien had 15 points for Seldovia, while Amy Gruber added 10 points. For Lumen Christi, Shannon Craig had 18 points while Lily Kjelsted added 10 points.
Lumen Christi boys 60, Nikolaevsk 33
The Archangels cruised into the championship game with a convincing victory over the Warriors.
Noah Brunner had 26 points for the Archangels, while Jonas Musgrave added 11 points.
For Nikolaevsk, which falls into the consolation bracket, Peter Tipikin had 11 points while Jake Bailey pitched in 10 points.
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