CIA boys end up in 5th: Ninilchik boys drop battle for 4th place

Posted: Sunday, March 21, 2010

With three of its top four players out of the lineup, Cook Inlet Academy lost 40-33 to Tri-Valley in the boys Class 2A state tournament third-place game on Saturday at the Sullivan Arena.

David and Stefan Reischach, a 6-foot-4 senior and only returner with significant minutes from last year, did not play for religious reasons. David recorded 24 points and 12 rebounds in CIA's win over Noatak on Thursday. Stefan had 20 points and 17 boards. The two combined for 21 of the Eagles' 30 points in their loss to Klawock in Friday's semifinal.

Jacob Grinestaff, a 6-2 senior, was on a mission trip and missed the entire tournament.

To make matters worse, senior captain Josh Holly came out of the game with a right-ankle injury with 2:23 to play in the third quarter. Holly returned in the fourth only to register his fourth foul 35 seconds into the period. He fought through the pain and remained in the game. After he came up limping with two minutes to go in the final period, CIA head coach Justin Franchino took Holly out of the game.

"Josh has a huge heart and we're gonna miss him," Franchino said. "He was our emotional leader."

Not known for his offense, Holly shined on the defensive side of the floor. He wasn't concerned with receiving recognition for scoring points, he just wanted to win, Franchino said.

"To have that kind of a role player, you can't ask for anything more," he said.

Despite having a short bench, Franchino said his team played hard.

"No matter what game it is, give it 100 percent," he said. "That's what our guys did. They did not give up until the final buzzer."

"It was good defense on both ends," Holly said. "They just outplayed us today.

"I think we did a good job. Everyone stayed in their roles," Holly said.

It's that mentality that led CIA to a Peninsula Conference crown and a trip to the state tourney.

"To be successful, every guy has to know their role," Franchino said. "Each one of them did what they do well. No one guy is going out there and trying to get the glory."

Prior to state, the Eagles were undefeated against all 2A opponents faced this year. With an inexperienced team at the varsity level and a first-year coach, Franchino said it took a team effort to achieve the results CIA has this season.

"I'm honored to be their coach," he said.

"No one really knew what to expect this season," Holly said. "We just came together as a team. We all play together, we know our roles."

Holly said the coaching staff and keeping a positive attitude also contributed to the Eagles' success.

Holly said he was thankful for all of the support from the crowd during state.

"It's way helpful," he said. "All of our fans helped me a bunch."

Trailing by three after one quarter, the Viking Warriors scored 13 second-quarter points to CIA's five to take a five-point lead at the half. Tri-Valley held a 33-26 advantage at the end of the third period.

Two Matt Moffis jumpers cut the deficit to five three minutes into the fourth quarter. Tri-Valley's Jonathan Talerico then made a bucket and Ryan Scholten nailed a trey to give the Viking Warriors a 10-point lead.

Moffis paced the Eagles with 15 points. Cody Munn, the player of the game, had eight points and seven rebounds. Forest Shreeve led all Viking Warriors with 15 points. Scholten chipped in 10.

Both teams shot 30 percent from the field. Tri-Valley won the rebounding and takeaway margins. The Viking Warriors had 47 boards to CIA's 33 and 17 steals compared to five for the Eagles.

Holly, Grinestaff and Stefan will all graduate this year from CIA.

Chevak boys 52, Ninilchik 47

Ninilchik's season ended with a loss to Chevak in the fourth-place game of the Class 2A state tournament at the University of Alaska Anchorage on Saturday.

The Comets built a five-point lead by halftime. They increased it to eight after the third quarter. Ninilchik outscored Chevak 18-15 in the fourth period but the Comets held on for the win.

Conor Ferguson paced Chevak with 19 points. Brian Andrews and Cameron Olson each had 11. Sam Bennett led all Wolverines with 13 points. Hunter Cooper had 10, Scott Goins scored nine and Jeff Klapak chipped in eight.

The Wolverines made just 33 percent of their field goals. Chevak shot 36 percent from the field. Both teams went 9-of-19 from the line.

Ninilchik out-rebounded Chevak 47 to 36. The Comets had 15 steals in the game, 10 more than Ninilchik.

Three seniors will graduate from Ninilchik this year. Those include Klapak, Quinn Bennett and Dillon Covey.

Saturday boys

Viking Warriors 40, Eagles 33

Tri-Valley 9 13 11 7 -- 40

CIA 12 5 9 7 -- 33

TRI-VALLEY (40) -- J. Talerico 2 0-0 4, A. Talerico 3 0-2 7, F. Shreeve 7 1-3 15, N. MacMaster 0 0-0 0, R. Scholten 3 2-2 1-, J. Carter 0 0-0 0, R. Blanchard 0 0-1 0, S. DeCoeur 0 0-0 0, P. Vacura 0 0-0 0, J. Reeves 0 0-0 0, S. McKenzie 0 0-0 0, T. Berg 1 2-2 4. Totals -- 16 5-10 40.

CIA (33) -- L. Grinestaff 1 0-0 2, C. Munn 4 0-2 8, J. Holly 1 0-0 2, K. Powers 3 0-0 6, M. Moffis 6 2-6 15, M. Horton 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 15 2-8 33.

3-point goals -- Tri-Valley 3 (A. Talerico 1, Scholten 2); CIA 1 (Moffis 1). Team fouls -- Tri-Valley 15; CIA 14. Fouled out -- A. Talerico.

Comets 52, Wolverines 47

Ninilchik 12 11 6 18 -- 47

Chevak 11 17 9 15 -- 52

NINILCHIK (47) -- H. Cooper 3 3-4 10, B. Riley 0 0-0 0, J. Klapak 4 0-0 8, S. Goins 3 2-2 9, D. Covey 0 0-0 0, S. Bennett 5 3-9 13, J. Wheeler 3 0-1 6, Q. Bennett 0 1-1 1, R. Bear 0 0-2 0. Totals -- 18 9-19 47.

CHEVAK (52) -- C. Olson 4 1-2 11, S. Lake 1 0-0 2, C. Ferguson 7 5-8 19, B. Andrews 4 2-2 11, H. Paniyak 3 1-5 7, E. Night 0 0-0 0, Q. Bennett 1 0-2 2. Totals -- 20 9-19 52.

3-point goals -- Ninilchik 2 (Cooper 1, Goins 1); Chevak 3 (Olson 2, Andrews 1). Team fouls -- Ninilchik 16; Chevak 20. Fouled out -- Ferguson.

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