Kodiak and Anchorage's East High set up a much-anticipated showdown in Saturday's final with victories Friday at the Class 4A boys semifinals at the state basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.
Kodiak jumped out to a 13-1 lead after the first quarter and was able to make that advantage stand up in a 51-40 victory over Chugiak.
Nick Billings had 23 points for the Bears, while Geoffery Agmata had 18 points. For Chugiak, Aaron Loges had 12 points.
East used stiff defense to pull away from Dimond in the second half for a 44-35 victory.
Yannick Evina-Za had 12 points for East, while GJ Macon added 10 points. Kenard Walker had 13 points for Dimond.
In Friday's fourth-place semifinals, Palmer defeated Soldotna 61-46 (see related story Page B-1) and Lathrop defeated Sitka 73-59.
Norman Edwards pushed the Malemutes to victory with 26 points, while Brian Friske's 17, Jason Nunez-Mooney's 11 and Greg Blankenship's 11 weren't enough for Sitka.
Class 3A boys
Grace Christian and Anchorage Christian Schools set up a repeat of last week's District 3/3A final with victories Friday in Anchorage.
ACS took a 23-9 lead after the first quarter then coasted to a 66-51 victory over Craig.
Adam Lewis hit for 19 points to lead ACS, while Buddy Bailey had 15 and Mike Crawford had 10. Craig's Raymond Douville led all scorers with 24 points, while Ryan Savage added 12.
Grace also wasted little time in its semifinal, grabbing a 25-9 lead and rolling to a 77-49 victory over Wrangell.
Hans Tulip led the Grizzlies with 18 points, while Justin Libby had 13 and Ryan Meier had 12. Cole Appleman pumped in 20 points for Wrangell, while Brad Angerman had 15.
In Friday's fourth-place semifinals, Nome defeated Eielson 45-42 and Valdez got past Barrow by the score of50-47.
Joseph Musich dumped in 17 points to lead Nome to victory, while Aaron Holt had 13 and Sampson Roberts added 11 in a losing cause for Eielson.
Todd Eide poured in 29 points to lead Valdez, while teammate Brian Pickard chipped in 14. Jack Frantz hit for 13 points in a losing cause for Barrow.
Class 4A girls
Anchorage's East High and Fairbanks' Lathrop moved to the final with victories Friday.
The Thunderbirds, who are undefeated, had a 35-18 lead at the half and held on for a 58-50 victory.
East's Azella Perryman led all scorers with 22 points, while Natalie Jones had 16 points and Janessa Webb added 10.
Wasilla's Brittney Kroon hit for 18 points, while Tonya James added 16.
Lathrop came back from an 8-point deficit after three quarters to earn a 52-51 victory over Bartlett.
Aquanita Burres did it all for Lathrop, collecting 19 points and 16 rebounds. For Bartlett, Chantel Frazier had 16 points and Letricia Castillo pitched in 11 points.
In Friday's fourth-place semifinal games, Ketchikan topped Chugiak 45-39 and Colony beat Kenai 34-32 (see related story Page B-1).
Cassie White paced the Kings with 14 points, while Jonnae Ostrom had 10 points. For Chugiak, Krystal Seward had 14 points and Elyse Hartman had 12 points.
Class 3A girls
Eielson and Valdez set up a date in Saturday's championship with victories Friday in Anchorage.
The Ravens, just as they did Thursday against Nikiski, used a huge fourth quarter to top Bethel 48-37.
The Warriors were leading 33-32 going into the fourth quarter, but were outscored 16-4 in the final frame.
Denisha Lamb and Janay Deloach paced Eielson with 16 points each, while Kenlynn Nicholai pumped in 10 for Bethel.
Valdez topped Mt. Edgecumbe 39-37 in overtime. The Braves were down 22-12 at halftime, but stormed back by outscoring the Buccaneers 14-1 in the third period.
Shannon Arts threw down 12 points to lead Valdez, while Mt. Edgecumbe's Adrienne Taalak earned game-high scoring honors with 15 points.
Seward and Nikiski each notched victories to move to the fourth-place final (see related story Page B-1).
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