CIA, Ninilchik boys move on

Posted: Friday, April 05, 2002

The Ninilchik boys won their first round game in the Class 2A state tournament Thursday at Service High School in Anchorage because they were able to force a key player to foul out.

The Cook Inlet Academy boys, on the other hand, won because they didn't wilt after a key player fouled out.

Ninilchik defeated Nenana 54-47 to move into a 7:15 p.m. semifinal game against Point Hope today.

Cook Inlet Academy defeated Hydaburg 46-43 to advance to a 9 p.m. semifinal today against Unalakleet.

The Wolverines trailed 32-27 at halftime Thursday before getting one of Nenana's taller players in foul trouble.

"Their big guy got into foul trouble in the third quarter, and we were able to make a nice run there," said Ninilchik coach Chris Hanson, whose team is now 21-4. "He came back with 20 seconds to go in the third quarter, and he fouled out before the fourth quarter even started.

"That was nice."

Jesse Hostetter and Buck Kvasnikoff agreed. Together, the inside duo combined for 17 of Ninilchik's 27 second-half points as the Wolverines build a solid lead and held on for a comfortable victory.

Of course, the game is not won on one end of the floor alone. Hostetter, Jason Schollenberg and Salty Bock combined to hold Nenana's Clayton Edwin to 20 points. Edwin had scored over 50 points in a district tournament game last week.

"Salty Bock had six points, but they were both big 3-pointers," Hanson said. "He also did a good job on defense. It had to be one of the best games of his life."

The Wolverines will have to continue to play such ball if they want to beat Point Hope today. Point Hope clocked Klawock 71-45 Thursday, and Point Hope is ranked No. 1 in the state in the latest prep poll. Ninilchik is No. 3.

"They deserve to be the No. 1 team in the state, but like anyone else they're beatable," Hanson said.

Hanson said the two keys in the game for Ninilchik will be to slow down Point Hope's fast break and to not succumb to Point Hope's press.

WOLVERINES 54, NENANA 47

Nenana 12 20 4 11 -- 47

Ninilchik 16 11 16 11 -- 54

NENANA (47) -- Edwin 10 0-0 20, Krenske 0 0-0 0, Baumfalk 1 0-0 2, Manfield 2 0-2 4, Loro 0 2-2 2, Beans 3 0-1 7, Haken 2 0-0 6, Kozevnikoff 3 0-0 6, Davidson 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 21 2-5 47.

NINILCHIK (54) -- Schollenberg 0 0-0 0, Miller 3 0-0 7, Bock 2 0-0 6, Matson 4 0-0 8, Hostetter 7 2-3 16, Kvasnikoff 7 3-5 17. Totals -- 23 5-8 54.

3-point goals -- Nenana 3 (Haken 2, Beans), Ninilchik 3 (Bock 2, Miller). Total fouls -- Nenana 12, Ninilchik 10. Fouled out -- Kozevnikoff.

Cook Inlet Academy 46, Hydaburg 43

The Eagles held on even though point guard Luke Myers fouled out early in the fourth quarter and the other starting guard, Bryan Powers, also had foul trouble for the entire second half.

The win was a minor upset because Hydaburg was ranked No. 2 in the prep poll, while CIA was ranked No. 5.

"Justin Franchino came in and played point guard and did a heck of a job," said Eagles coach Tim Keener.

Franchino, who finished up with 13 points, said he had played some guard as a freshman and sophomore. He currently does most of his work near the basket.

"When Luke fouled out in the fourth quarter, we didn't know what to do," Franchino said. "We don't have a big school, so we have to be versatile.

"We all stepped it up and hung together."

Three other players joined Franchino in double figures as Calder Hillyer, Jacob Peterson and Myers all had 11 points.

The teamwork of the Eagles allowed them to overcome Hydaburg's advantage in the athleticism department.

"They had a lot more athletes than we did," Franchino said. "We did what we've done all year, and that's play smart and play as a team."

Franchino said the Eagles will face a mirror image of themselves in Unalakleet today -- except for the fact they may be looking into a bit of a shrink mirror.

"They're a lot like us," Franchino said. "They use their heads the whole game, and they're patient on offense.

"We definitely have a height advantage, so we've got to pound the ball down low if we want to win the game."

Regardless of what happens Friday and Saturday, the Eagles will finish better at state than they did last year, when they posted a fifth-place finish.

EAGLES 46, WARRIORS 43

CIA 8 15 11 12 -- 46

Hydaburg 5 8 15 15 -- 43

COOK INLET ACADEMY (46) -- Powers 0 0-0 0, Hillyer 3 3-6 11, Peterson 4 3-5 11, Franchino 4 5-8 13, Myers 3 4-5 11. Totals -- 14 15-24 46.

HYDABURG (43) -- Dar. Edenshaw 5 7-7 18, Daniels 3 0-0 6, V. Edenshaw 4 4-5 12, Dav. Edenshaw 0 1-2 1, Young 0 0-0 0, Peratrovich 3 0-0 6. Totals -- 15 12-14 43.

3-point goals -- CIA 3 (Hillyer 2, Myers), Hydaburg 1 (D. Edenshaw). Total fouls -- CIA 13, Hydaburg 17. Fouled out -- Myers.



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