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Kodiak boys eliminate SoHi

Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2005

 

  Soldotna's Kelly Seggerman drives to the hoop past Homer's Luke Gilbert at the Northern Lights Conference Tournament Saturday morning at Soldotna High School. Photo by Joseph Robertia

Soldotna's Kelly Seggerman drives to the hoop past Homer's Luke Gilbert at the Northern Lights Conference Tournament Saturday morning at Soldotna High School.

Photo by Joseph Robertia

The Kodiak Bears boys basketball team pulled out a win against the Soldotna Stars Saturday to advance to the state tournament with the third seed from the Northern Lights Conference.

The Bears, playing against the Stars in a rematch of a first-round game in which the Bears lost, received their revenge Saturday with a 42-34 win.

"We took care of the ball and just played great team ball this time," Kodiak boys coach Ron Bryant said.

After trailing most of the first quarter, Soldotna's Dan Spindler converted on a three-point play with only 1.9 seconds remaining in the period as Soldotna closed to within 12-11.

The second period resulted in both teams trading baskets through the quarter until a 3-pointer by Eddie Ngeunhahak created a small 22-18 lead for Kodiak with 1:52 remaining in the second quarter. Mark Putney added another 3-pointer with only 20 seconds left in the first half, which gave Kodiak its largest lead of the game at 25-18.

Kodiak maintained their lead through the third quarter despite committing five turnovers.

Kodiak finished with only 10 turnovers, while Soldotna had 14.

Soldotna closed the gap in the final period to get within 37-31 following a Kelly Seggerman fast-break layup, but that would mark as close as the Stars would get as they couldn't hit a shot over the next two minutes.

"We were tired mentally and physically I think," Soldotna boys coach Joe Trujillo said.

Ryan Hall sank a deep 3-pointer with 15.4 seconds left in the game, but it was too little, too late as Kodiak was able to dribble the final seconds off the clock to end Soldotna's season, while clinching the final spot to the state tournament.

"This has been the greatest group of kids to work with," Trujillo said. "The better team won the game, though, and give them credit for being in shape to play twice in a day, too. It was tough for us to play three games in 24 hours."

Hall and Seggerman led the Stars in scoring with 11 points apiece. Kodiak's Putney and Calen Johnson each netted 12 points, while Zach Keplinger pitched in 10 to lead the Bears.

Trujillo closed by crediting what a good job his six seniors did in the tournament's games and throughout the season.

"No one can take away the memories we have and we know how to believe in ourselves," Trujillo said.

Colony boys 38, Wasilla 35

Rhett Magner scored 15 points to lead the Colony Knights to a 38-35 win against the Wasilla Warriors in the boys championship game of the Northern Lights Conference tournament.

Colony outscored the Warriors 13-7 in the final period for the win. Cade Dickey added 10 points for the Knights.

Wasilla was led by Luke Schafer's 14 points and Matt Crane's 11.

Soldotna boys 53, Homer 37

Tony Besse had 15 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, to lead the Stars past the Mariners and into the third-place game Saturday.

Soldotna had a 28-17 lead at the half, but Homer cut that lead to 34-30 at the end of three quarters. Soldotna then pulled away in the fourth quarter, hitting 9-of-12 from the foul line. Matt Hicks added 14 points, while Ryan Hall had 11.

Homer's Luke Gilbert led the Mariners with 12 points.

Kodiak boys 43, Palmer 38

Calen Johnson had 13 points and Mark Putney added 12 Saturday as the Bears advanced to the third-place game. For Palmer, David Doerr had 13 points and Aaron Kohring added 12.

Boys championship

KNIGHTS 38, WARRIORS 35

Colony 11 5 9 13 — 38

Wasilla 13 5 10 7 — 35

COLONY (38) — Gray 0 1-2 1, Schwartzbaur 2 0-0 4, R. Coffman 0 0-0 0, Registe 0 0-0 0, Egger 1 0-0 0 2, Price 0 0-0 0, Magner 5 2-2 15, Cunningham 2 0-0 4, Dickey 5 0-0 10, K. Coffman 1 0-0 2. Totals — 16 3-4 38.

WASILLA (35) — Bean 0 0-0 0, Hobbs 1 0-0 3, Pahkala 0 0-0 0, Chempion 1 1-1 3, Briceland 0 0-0 0, Collins 0 0-0 0, S. Schafer 1 0-0 2, Crane 6 1-2 13, L. Schafer 7 0-1 14, Bragg 0 0-0 0, Williams 0 0-0 0. Totals — 16 2-4 35.

3-point goals — Colony 3 (Magner 3); Wasilla 1 (Hobbs). Total fouls — Colony 9, Wasilla 8. Fouled out — none.

Boys third-place

BEARS 42, STARS 34

Kodiak 12 13 8 9 — 42

Soldotna 11 7 6 10 — 34

KODIAK (42) — Ngeunhahak 2 3-4 8, Catt 0 0-0 0, Buenalez 0 0-0 0, Johnson 4 2-2 12, Thomas 0 0-0 0, Putney 5 0-1 12, Sweeney 0 0-0 0, Keplinger 5 0-0 10. Totals — 16 5-7 42.

SOLDOTNA (34) — Turnbull 0 0-0 0, Harp 0 0-2 0, Hepner 0 0-0 0, Hilbush 0 0-0 0, Hall 5 0-0 11, Besse 1 1-2 3, Lybrand 0 0-0 0, Carver 0 0-0 0, Roberts 0 0-0 0, Spindler 1 3-3 5, Hicks 2 0-0 4, Seggerman 5 1-2 11. Totals — 14 5-9 34.

3-point goals — Kodiak 5 (Putney 2, Johnson 2, Ngeunhahak); Soldotna 1 (Hall). Total fouls — Kodiak 7, Soldotna 11. Fouled out — none.

Boys third-place semifinals

STARS 53, MARINERS 37

Homer 7 10 13 7 —37

Soldotna 14 14 6 19 —53

HOMER (37) — Ju. Smith 1 1-2 3, Taylor 0 0-0 0, Gilbert 4 4-6 12, Siekaniec 2 0-0 4, Isenhour 2 0-0 4, Trowbridge 3 0-0 6, Ja. Smith 1 1-2 3, Thompson 1 3-4 5, McWilliams 0 0-0 0. Totals — 14 9-14 37.

SOLDOTNA (53) — Turnbull 1 0-0 2, Harp 1 0-0 2, Hilbish 0 0-0 0, Hall 3 4-6 11, Besse 7 1-2 15, Carver 0 1-2 1, Roberts 0 0-0 0, Spindler 1 4-5 6, Hicks 4 6-6 14, Seggerman 1 0-0 2. Totals — 18 16-21 53.

3-point goals — Soldotna 1 (Hall 1). Total fouls — Homer 18, Soldotna 11. Fouled out — none.



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