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CIA boys wrap up Classic

Bristol Bay girls take tourney title

Posted: Sunday, December 19, 2004

 

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  Cook Inlet Academy's Brooke Forsi moves the ball between Bristol Bay's Callie Riddle, at left, and Nena Smith late in the fourth quarter Saturday during the Cook Inlet Classic. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Cook Inlet Academy's Marcus Brown gets a shot off above a Bristol Bay defender Saturday afternoon during the Cook Inlet Classic.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

The Cook Inlet Academy boys high school basketball team followed up Friday's wild 43-42 win over Galena with a 57-28 victory Saturday against Bristol Bay to wrap up the Cook Inlet Classic tournament title.

The Cook Inlet girls were not as fortunate, falling to Galena 56-44 on Friday and finishing the three-day tournament with a 60-23 loss to champion Bristol Bay.

In other tournament action, the Ninilchik girls finished with a 2-1 mark to claim second place, losing 50-42 to Bristol Bay Friday but rebounding to beat Galena 48-42 Saturday. The Ninilchik boys defeated Bristol Bay 45-25 Friday but finished with a 58-40 loss to Galena Saturday.

"It was a good tournament," said CIA boys coach Bruce Gabriel. "We had a tough game (Friday) night against Galena that had just about everything in it, but we ground it out."

The Eagles trailed by 10 points, 24-14, at the half Friday, but found it within themselves to come back and win the game on their final possession of the game.

Gabriel said he made some rookie mistakes during the game as he settles into his first head-coaching position, but his squad was able to make the necessary halftime adjustments to turn things around in the second half.

"We were behind for most of the game," Gabriel said. "Galena came out and we couldn't figure out their defense, and it seemed like everything they shot went in.

"We turned the tables on them —it was just a lot of hard work."

Brian Beeson and Blake Gabriel each scored 11 points for the Eagles Friday while Jeremy Franchino chipped in with 10. Matt Thurmond paced the Hawks with 12 points.

Bruce Gabriel said that with team leaders Blake Gabriel and Andy Hall sitting on the bench at the end of the game after fouling out, it was good to see other players come in and perform under pressure.

"That's what defines our team right now —we all play as one," Bruce Gabriel said.

Against Bristol Bay, the Eagles were able to dictate the pace of play from the start, creating turnovers with a trapping defense and moving the ball around the floor on offense. CIA led by seven points after the first quarter and was up 30-8 at the half.

Blake Gabriel said that while the Eagles might not be better players after their first three games of the season, he did think they were a better team.

"We just learned a few things about what to do and what not to do, how to handle pressure," he said. "We figured out that we do a lot better as a team than we do individually."

Bruce Gabriel said it was nice to head into the holiday break with three solid games in the books, a sentiment echoed by other tournament participants.

"For the first games of the season, you don't know what you're going to see," said Bristol Bay girls coach Tim Helvey after the Angles defeated CIA to claim the girls title. "Each game got better and better —with the exception of a couple of injuries.

"It's a good start to the season. You're probably looking at three of the top-ranked girls teams in 2A, so this early in the year, to come out on top is a big thing for us."

Danica Wilson led the Angels with 19 points against the Eagles after hitting for 17 in Friday's win over Ninilchik.

CIA girls coach Greg Bell said that despite the Eagles' 0-3 tournament mark, he saw a great deal of improvement from game to game, the main goal of any team at this point in the season.

"I saw what some of our new girls could do, and I saw a lot of stuff I think is encouraging," said Bell.

The Eagles led at the half before falling to the Hawks on Friday, and stayed with the Angels in the early going of Saturday's game. Melissa Moffis led the Eagles with 16 points Friday while Alyse Bell scored 10 for CIA Saturday.

"We executed our offense a lot better in the last two games. Our offense picked up dramatically," Bell said.

"This tournament is perfect. We get three games before the Christmas break, and we come back with three games under our belt. It's going to prepare us well for the season —our toughest games are behind us."

 

Cook Inlet Academy's Brooke Forsi moves the ball between Bristol Bay's Callie Riddle, at left, and Nena Smith late in the fourth quarter Saturday during the Cook Inlet Classic.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Ninilchik girls coach Dan Leman also saw progress from his young squad during the course of the tournament, particularly in Saturday's win against Galena when the Wolverines were playing without Kendra Moerlein. Jennifer Erickson stepped up with 15 points for the Wolverines while Emily Wood poured in 12 points. Moerlein led the Wolverines in Friday's loss with 11 points.

"It's a good tournament for the kids to realize what they're capable of doing, and what they need to work on," Leman said. "It's going to take us a little while to get there, but by the end of the season, we should be a very good basketball team."

Ninilchik boys coach Keith Presley also was encouraged by his team's progress. In Friday's win, Jesse Leman led the Wolverines with 17 points and Javin Halpin chipped in with 14. Halpin netted 17 for the Wolverines Saturday while Josh Klapack came up with 10 points.

"We picked up a win vs. Bristol Bay, and we came in and played Galena tough the whole game," said Presley. "We're playing good. When we get some of our players back, we'll be somebody. It might be good, it might be bad, but we'll be somebody."

Cook Inlet Classic

Saturday's games

GIRLS

ANGELS 60, EAGLES 23

Bristol Bay 12 17 15 16 —60

Cook Inlet 9 1 10 3 —23

BRISTOL BAY (60) —J. West 7 1-2 15, Smith 3 0-1 6, Myers 3 2-3 8, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Edwards 3 2-2 8, Riddle 1 2-2 4, Wilson 8 3-7 19. Totals —25 10-17 60.

COOK INLET ACADEMY (23) —Query 0 0-0 0, Lindow 0 0-0 0, Smith 2 0-0 4, Bell 4 1-2 10, Hillyer 1 0-0 2, Moffis 3 0-0 7, White 0 0-0 0, Forsi 0 0-0 0, Michel 0 0-0 0. Totals —10 1-2 23.

3-point goals —CIA 2 (Bell, Moffis). Total fouls —Bristol Bay 9, CIA 14. Fouled out —Hillyer.

WOLVERINES 48, HAWKS 42

Ninilchik 13 8 13 14 48

Galena 8 9 15 10 42

NINILCHIK (48) —H. Skjold 0 0-0 0, A. Bartolowits 0 0-0 0, Leman 2 3-7 7, Wolford 3 0-0 8, Rohr 0 0-0 0, Wood 5 0-0 12, K. Skjold 1 0-0 2, J. Bartolowits 0 0-0 0, Schnabl 0 0-0 0, Erickson 6 3-7 15, Dawson 2 0-0 4. Totals —19 6-14 48.

GALENA (42) —Henry 1 0-0 3, A. Burgett 0 0-0 0, J. Burgett 7 0-0 14, Hetherington 0 0-0 0, Arkell 4 1-1 9, Abrams 1 0-0 2, Vasquez 1 1-2 3, Sommer 5 1-3 11. Totals —19 3-6 42.

3-point goals —Ninilchik 4 (Wolford 2, Wood 2); Galena 1 (Henry). Total Fouls —Ninilchik 10, Galena 16. Fouled Out —Vasquez.

BOYS

EAGLES 57, ANGELS 28

Bristol Bay 4 4 10 10 —28

Cook Inlet 11 19 21 6 —57

BRISTOL BAY (28) —Stichler 1 0-0 2, Zimin 1 2-2 4, Lons 4 0-2 8, Wilson 1 1-3 3, Lind 2 2-4 7, Emerson 0 0-0 0, Nashookpuk 0 0-0 0, Morrison 0 0-2 0, Coghill 2 0-0 4. Totals —11 5-13 28.

COOK INLET ACADEMY (57) —Franchino 8 0-0 19, Zufelt 2 2-2 7, Fowler 0 0-0 0, Byrd 0 0-0 0, Kytonen 1 0-0 3, Beeson 2 2-2 6, Forsi 2 0-0 4, Hall 6 0-0 13, Brown 0 0-0 0, Gabriel 2 1-1 5. Totals —23 5-5 57.

3-point goals —Bristol Bay 1 (Lind), CIA 6 (Franchino 3, Zufelt, Kytonen, Hall). Total fouls —Bristol Bay 5, CIA 14. Fouled out —none.

HAWKS 58, WOLVERINES 40

Galena 14 7 20 17 —58

Ninilchik 8 6 18 8 —40

GALENA (58) —Aloysius 4 0-0 10, Marshall 0 0-0 0, Thurmond 5 1-1 11, Lonewolf 0 0-0 0, Burgess 11 1-2 23, Huntington 5 0-0 12, Kriska 1 0-0 2, Davis 0 0-0 0. Totals —26 2-3 58.

NINILCHIK (40) —Halpin 5 4-4 17, Vanderford 1 0-0 2, Amato 0 0-0 0, Doyle 1 0-0 2, Powe 0 0-0 0, Klapack 3 4-8 10, Chihuly 0 0-0 0, Leman 2 2-2 8, Cuffe 0 1-2 1. Totals —12 11-16 40.

3-point goals —Galena 4 (Aloysius 2, Huntington 2); Ninilchik 5 (Halpin 3, Leman 2). Total Fouls —Galena 12, Ninilchik 8. Fouled Out —none.

Friday's games

GIRLS

ANGELS 50, WOLVERINES 42

Bristol Bay 7 11 16 16 —50

Ninilchik 10 11 9 12 —42

BRISTOL BAY (50) —West 1 0-0 2, Smith 2 7-10 11, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Myers 1 0-0 2, Edwards 4 0-0 8, Riddle 3 3-5 10, Wilson 5 7-9 17. Totals —18 17-24 50.

NINILCHIK (42) —H. Skjold 0 0-0 0, A. Bartolowits 0 0-0 0, Leman 3 0-0 6, Wolford 3 0-0 9, Rohr 0 0-0 0, Moerlein 5 1-3 11, Wood 2 0-4 5, K. Skjold 1 2-2 4, J. Bartolowits 0 0-0 0, Schnabl 0 0-0 0, Erickson 2 3-6 7, Dawson 0 0-0 0. Totals —16 6-15 42.

3-point goals —Bristol Bay 1 (Riddle); Ninilchik 4 (Wolford 3, Wood). Total Fouls —Bristol Bay 16, Ninilchik 16. Fouled out —none.

HAWKS 56, EAGLES 44

Galena 15 9 21 11 —56

Cook Inlet 22 9 5 8 —44

GALENA (56) —Henry 4 0-0 11, A. Burgett 1 0-0 2, J. Burgett 3 0-2 7, Hetherinston 2 0-0 4, Arkell 9 1-2 20, Abrams 0 0-0 0, Vasquez 5 2-2 12, Sommer 0 0-0 0. Totals —24 3-6 56.

COOK INLET ACADEMY (44) —Query 4 0-0 8, Lindow 0 0-0 0, Smith 3 0-2 6, Bell 2 1-2 7, Hillyer 2 0-2 4, Moffis 5 3-4 16, White 0 0-0 0, Forsi 1 1-2 3, Michel 0 0-0 0. Totals —17 5-12 44.

3-point goals —Galena 4 (Henry 3, Arkell); CIA 5 (Moffis 3, Bell 2). Total Fouls —Galena 16, CIA 9. Fouled Out —none.

BOYS

WOLVERINES 45, ANGELS 25

Ninilchik 13 10 9 13 —45

Bristol Bay 4 7 6 6 —25

NINILCHIK (45) —Halpin 4 5-5 14, Vanderford 0 0-1 0, Amato 0 0-0 0, Doyle 2 0-0 4, Powe 1 2-4 4, Klapak 1 0-0 2, Chihuly 1 0-0 2, Leman 5 2-2 17, Cuffe 1 0-2 2. Totals —15 9-14 45.

BRISTOL BAY (25) —Stichler 0 0-0 0, Zimin 0 0-1 0, Lons 3 2-6 8, Wilson 1 0-0 2, Lind 1 0-0 3, Emerson 2 1-3 5, Nashookpuk 1 0-0 3, Morrison 1 0-0 2, Coghill 0 0-0 0. Totals —9 3-10 25.

3-point goals —Ninilchik 6 (Leman 5, Halpin); Bristol Bay 2 (Lind, Nashookpuk). Total Fouls —Ninilchik 18, Bristol Bay 13. Fouled Out —Wilson.

EAGLES 43, HAWKS 42

Galena 14 10 12 6 42

Cook Inlet 3 11 16 13 43

COOK INLET ACADEMY (43) —Franchino 4 0-0 10, Zufelt 0 0-0 0, Fowler 0 0-0 0, Byrd 0 0-0 0, Kytonen 1 0-0 3, Beeson 4 3-4 11, Forsi 0 0-0 0, Hall 4 0-4 8, Brown 0 0-1 0, Gabriel 5 1-2 11. Totals - 18 4-11 43.

GALENA (42) —Aloysius 3 0-0 8, Thurmond 5 2-3 12, Lonewolf 0 0-0 0, Burgess 3 0-2 7, Huntington 4 1-3 9, Kriska 1 0-0 2, Davis 2 0-2 4. Totals —18 3-10 42.

3-point goals —CIA 3 (Franchino 2, Kytonen); Galena 3 (Aloysiuis 2, Burgess). Total Fouls —CIA 15, Galena 14. Fouled Out —Gabriel, Hall, Huntington.



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