Ninilchik boys win at buzzer: CIA boys fall to Klawock

Posted: Sunday, March 21, 2010

Ninilchik freshman Jack Wheeler hit a buzzer-beater to give the Wolverines a 56-54 win over Hydaburg in Friday's fourth-place semifinals at Anchorage's Sullivan Arena to earn a date with Chevak on Saturday.

Ap Photo/Michael Dinneen
Ap Photo/Michael Dinneen
Klawock's Rick Carle (1) pulls down a rebound against Cook Inlet's Josh Holly during their 2A semifinal on Friday in Anchorage.

With 4.5 seconds to go, Ninilchik's Jeff Klapak put up a shot. He missed but Wheeler got the offensive board and released a shot just before time expired.

"I looked at the ref and he signaled it went in, and I flipped out," Klapak said. "It was pretty sweet."

Ninilchik wanted to avoid overtime, as the Warriors had the momentum after having come back from a 10-point deficit, Wolverines head coach Keith Presley said.

"We didn't want to go into overtime because Hunter Cooper fouled out," Klapak said.

Presley said his team played tentative in the fourth quarter. Then Hydaburg starting draining 3-pointers and climbed back into the game, he said.

The Warriors made 10 treys in the game. More than half of the Warriors' 19 total field goals came from 3-point land. Hydaburg shot 50 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and just under 40 percent from the field.

Ninilchik shot better than 43 percent from the field. The Wolverines also grabbed more rebounds than the Warriors, coming down with 40 boards to Hydaburg's 28.

Klapak paced the Wolverines with 20 points. Sam Bennett scored 12 and Cooper had 11.

William Carle had a team-high 17 points for the Warriors. Cayden Carle followed with 16.

Ninilchik held a 22-16 advantage at the half. The Wolverines increased the lead to 10 by the end of the third period. Hydaburg mounted a fourth-quarter comeback, tying the game with about two minutes to go, Klapak said. Hydaburg outscored Ninilchik 23-15 in the fourth, but came up short.

With a difficult draw in the quarterfinals against Point Hope, which defeated Ninilchik 73-42, Presley said making the fourth-place game was a goal of his.

Klawock boys 35, CIA 30

Missed free throws were the difference as Klawock handed CIA its first loss to a 2A school all season in Friday's semifinals at the Sullivan Arena. CIA earned a spot in the third-place game against Tri-Valley on Saturday.

The Eagles went 2-of-9 from the line in the final eight minutes. They shot just under 21 percent from the field for the game.

"In a low-scoring game like that, every possession counts," CIA head coach Justin Franchino said.

The Chieftains also grabbed more rebounds than CIA. Klawock had 47 boards to the Eagles' 35.

"We didn't box out," Franchino said. "That killed us.

"They got a lot of second-chance opportunities they shouldn't have got."

In Thursday's victory over Noatak, the Eagles controlled the glass and won the game. On Friday, they lost the rebound margin and the game, Franchino said.

The game stayed close for most of the way. The Eagles held a two-point lead at the half. The score was knotted at 26 after three quarters of play.

Klawock built a five-point lead early in the fourth quarter. With two minutes to go, the Chieftains led 35-29. Just one point would be scored the rest of the game.

With under 40 seconds, the ball rolled out of bounds. Neither referee knew which team touched it last. A jump ball was called and possession went to Klawock.

With under 15 seconds to go, CIA's Kevin Powers had a chance to cut the deficit to three. At the line, he missed both free throws.

Franchino said Klawock's defense shut his team down on offense.

"They sat back in that 2-3," he said. "That gave us trouble. We just never were able to quite penetrate it."

David Reischach paced the Eagles with 12 points. Delon Jackson and Rick Carle each had 11 points to lead Klawock.

Despite missing out on the championship game, first-year coach Franchino said he was proud of the season his team has had.

"We're region champions, that was our goal," he said. "We had a chance to go to the title game. There's nothing to be ashamed of."

Friday boys

Chieftains 35, Eagles 30

CIA 12 6 8 4 -- 30

Klawock 10 6 10 9 -- 35

CIA (30) -- C. Munn 0 0-0 0, S. Reischach 4 1-3 9, J. Holly 1 2-3 4, K. Powers 0 1-6 1, M. Moffis 1 2-2 4, D. Reischach 4 1-2 12. Totals -- 10 7-16 30.

KLAWOCK (35) --R. Carle 5 0-0 11, K. Packer 1 0-0 2, E. Nelson 1 0-0 3, P. Busse 1 0-0 2, D. Huffine 2 0-1 6, D. Jackson 5 1-8 11, J. Sharpe 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 15 1-9 35.

3-point goals --CIA 3 (D. Reischach 3); Klawock 4 (Carle 1, Nelson 1, Huffine 2). Team fouls -- CIA 15; Klawock 16. Fouled out -- None.

Wolverines 56, Warriors 54

Hydaburg 4 12 15 23 -- 54

Ninilchik 13 9 19 15 -- 56

HYDABURG (54) -- W. Carle 6 0-0 17, C. Cline 2 0-0 6, A. Dilts 2 2-2 6, C. Cook 2 0-0 6, C. Carle 6 4-8 16, A. Edenshaw 0 0-4 0, J. Peele 1 0-0 3. Totals -- 19 6-14 54.

NINILCHIK (56) -- H. Cooper 4 2-2 11, J. Klapak 8 2-2 20, S. Goins 1 1-2 3, D. Covey 0 0-0 0, S. Bennett 6 0-3 12, J. Wheeler 4 0-1 8, Q. Bennett 0 2-2 2. Totals -- 23 7-12 56.

3-point goals -- Hydaburg 10 (W. Carle 5, Cline 2, Cook 2, Peele 1); Ninilchik 3 (Cooper 1, Klapak 2). Team fouls -- Hydaburg 16; Ninilchik 15. Fouled out -- Cooper.

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