The Kodiak Bears boys basketball team silenced all who doubted them as they toppled the giant of basketball Saturday --the East Thunderbirds.
The Bears became the newest 4A boys basketball state champions and hushed a once-vocal crowd of East supporters as they downed the T-Birds 55-52.
The Bears followed the scoring abilities of Curtis Mortenson, who poured in 15 points, while 6-foot-11 giant Nick Billings added 14 and Phil Nisbett added 12 to boost the Bears to victory.
The T-Birds could not find the ability to stop the Bears as they stumbled and fell in the title match. The T-Birds followed the scoring leadership of Vannick Evina-Za with 15 points, Ricky Brown, who had 12, and G. J. Macon, who added 11. The T-Birds kept the game close, but could not overcome the power of Kodiak's scoring machines.
The Dimond Lynx clawed their way to the third-place trophy as they tamed the Chugiak Mustangs with a 66-54 whipping.
Dimond followed the scoring prowess of Brandon Joseph, who pounded the bucket with 18 points, while teammate Joe Chirhart added 17 and Todd Brady added 14 to propel the Lynx to victory. The Mustangs couldn't find the points needed to stop the Lynx even behind the dominate scoring ability of Adam Fitt-Chappell, who led the game with 19 points.
The fourth-place award will be heading home with the Lathrop Malemutes as they edged out the Palmer Moose to claim a 89-82 victory.
The Malemutes out paced the Moose in scoring as Norman Edwards piled together 25 points to lead Lathrop while Cameron Watts added 23, Ivan Snowden pitched in 12 and David Hall notched 10 points to lead their squad to the fourth-place victory. The Moose followed the scoring abilities of C.J. Hooker, who had 29 points, while Zac Forsyth added 25 and Zach Pettit chipped in 14 in the losing effort.
Class 4A girls
The East Thunderbirds pounded their way past the Lathrop Malemutes to claim the No. 1 ranking of the big schools in Alaska Saturday.
The T-Birds smashed their way to a 54-35 spanking of the Malemutes as Azella Perryman scored 25 points, Tenecia Macon chipped in 14 and Natalie Jones poured in 10 to boost the T-Birds to an undefeated season and the title of state champion. The Malemutes followed the scoring ability of their only player to score into double digits. Aquanita Burres hit three 3-pointers and three from the floor for 15 points in the losing effort.
The third-place game found the Wasilla Warriors stomping the Bartlett High Golden Bears into the dust with a 44-28 clubbing Saturday.
The Warriors followed the scoring leadership of Tonya James, who poured in 12 points, while teammate Brittney Kroon towered over her opponents and poured in 10 points to lead Wasilla to victory. The Golden Bears stumbled behind the team-high scoring of Chantel Frazier, who managed 13 points in the losing effort, as Bartlett High headed for home with the fifth-place award tucked under the collective arm of the team.
The Ketchikan King Salmon swam away with the fourth-place ranking as they drubbed the Colony Knights with a 49-35 loss.
The King Salmon followed Cassie White, who sank six from the floor to lead her squad with 14 points, while Kelly Nausid and Deanna Mallman added 10 for the win. The Knights were not able to get the motivation needed to catch the Salmon as Ketchikan prevented any Colony player from scoring into double digits.
Class 3A boys
The Grace Christian Grizzlies rolled through the majority of their regular season and playoff opponents and didn't bother to hit the brakes Saturday as they collided with the Anchorage Christian Lions Saturday.
The Grizzlies put together a 69-52 win over the Lions as Hans Tulip poured in 27 points while Justin Libby notched 16 points and teammate Jason Hofseth added 13 to help propel the Grizzlies to a repeat state title. The Lions followed Mike Crawford and Adam Lewis, who had 14 points each, while fellow Lion Buddy Bailey added 11 in the loss.
The fight for fourth place found the Nome Nanooks pulling out a 57-41 victory over the Valdez Buccaneers.
Harold O'Conner led the Nanooks with 23 points while teammate Kerry Brunette added 15 and Joseph Musich pitched in 13 to propel Nome to victory. The Buccaneers needed more points than supplied by their squad even as Todd Eide poured in 26 points. Eide was the only Valdez player to score in double digits.
Third-place action found the Wrangell Wolves pulling out all of the stops and pounding the Craig Panthers 79-66.
The Wolves followed the scoring power of Angerman, who poured in 34 points, while Cole Appleman chipped in 28 and Randy Churchill added 10 to help in the win. The Panthers relied heavily on the scoring abilities of Craig Carter, who found the hole for 24 points, and Ryan Savage, who added 20. Teammate Ryan Jones added 14 points in the losing effort as Craig settled with fifth place.
Class 3A girls
The Valdez Buccaneers pulled out a tight win in a low scoring championship game to become the undisputed No. 1 3A girls team in Alaska Saturday.
Valdez handed the Ben Eielson Ravens a 36-31 loss as Keyshen Gibbs poured in 10 points to lead the Buccaneers to the win. The Ravens followed Janay Deloach and Denisha Lamb with 11 points apiece as Eielson walked away with the 3A girls second-place trophy.
Third-place action found the Mt. Edgecumbe Braves scalping the Bethel Warriors with a 52-38 loss.
The Braves followed the potent attack of Adrienne Taalak, who poured in 21 points, while teammate Melanie Beans added 12 and Prema Warren added 10 to propel Mt. Edgecumbe to victory. Bethel struggled even as Kenlynn Nicholai poured in 16 points as the Warriors only player to score in double digits.
Fourth place action found the Nikiski Bulldogs and the Seward Seahawks fighting it out (see related story Page B-1) with the Bulldogs walking away with the win.
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