The Bartlett boys basketball team began the quest for a third straight Class 4A basketball title Thursday with a 77-42 victory over Ketchikan at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.
The Golden Bears feasted all day on bountiful Kings turnovers. Bartlett's frenetic press came up with 25 steals in the game.
Mario Chalmers paced the Bears with eight steals, and also added 14 points. Doug Hardy added 16 points for Bartlett, while Avery Jackson had 10 points. Tyler Richardson paced Ketchikan with 12 points, while Jesse LeBau added 11 points.
West 84, Kodiak 33
The Eagles opened the tournament with a win over the Region III/4A runner-up Bears. West shot 50 percent from the floor for the game and outrebounded Kodiak 41-31.
Three West players scored in double figures. including Daniel Brown with 19 points, Ramon Harris with 17 points and Jay Davis with 15 points.
Lathrop 57, Wasilla 26
The Malemutes beat the Warriors on the boards, outrebounding Wasilla 44-24, including a 19-6 edge on the offensive end of the floor.
Michael Titus led the Malemutes with 11 points while Josh Lohrenz scored 10 points.
East 63, Palmer 69
The Thunderbirds edged Palmer in a game that included 10 lead changes and was tied four times.
Derek Laws scored 19 points and Dennis Wilson knocked down 10 points for East.
Stanley Ratliff led the Moose with 22 points while Kurtis Devon netted 14.
Barrow 64, Mt. Edgecumbe 44
The Whalers had four players score in double figures to advance in the winners bracket.
Dominick Lozano led the Whalers with 24 points while Harley Danner netted 16, Matthew Gueco scored 11 and Nayuk Leavitt contributed 10 points for Barrow, which shot 49 percent from the floor.
Metlakatla 65, Nome-Beltz 54
Chris Bryant scored 34 points and Beau Hayward added 21 points to lead the Chiefs past the Nanooks.
Metlakatla shot 50 percent from the floor for the game and led 27-22 at the half.
Heritage Christian 59, Eielson 43
The Eagles led from the start in their opening-round win. Gabe Miessner scored 16 points to lead Heritage while teammate Trenton Millar chipped in with 11 points.
Valdez 63, Anchorage Christian 35
The Buccaneers, who lost in the state championship game last season, jumped out to a 13-4 lead after the first quarter en route to an easy victory.
Valdez's Carl Arts had 19 points to lead all scorers, while David Tamura and Derek Warkenthien added 10 points apiece for the Buccaneers.
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