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CIA boys, girls grab crowns

Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2002

The home teams got to keep the trophies as both CIA basketball teams claimed the championship titles for the three-day the 2002 Cook Inlet Classic basketball tournament, that closed Saturday at Cook Inlet Academy.

CIA's girls won all three of their tournament games, capping their first-place run with a victory against the girls team from Matanuska Christian School, 38-18.

CIA guard Mandy Evans owned the first half, contributing six of her eight points in the second quarter. The Eagles were led in scoring and rebounding by Alyse Bell, who had 10 points and 13 boards. Senior Jessica Hall also had eight points.

Anticipating stiff competition, the CIA team keyed in on Matanuska's best shooter, senior point guard Jubilee Brost. The Eagles played her in a box defense, so that every time Brost touched the ball, there were hands in her face preventing her from getting open looks at the goal.

"We knew they were going to be a hard team," Evans said. "That's why we played defense the way we did. We knew who the shooter was and we shut her down."

Still, Brost led Matanuska Christian in scoring with eight points, and scored all five of her team's first-half points. Brost contributed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the first period and a 20-foot jumper with a little more than two minutes to go in the half.

The home team applied a similar defensive strategy to the rest of the Matanuska Eagles, disrupting shooting lanes at every turn. But when the visiting team was able to get off shots, few would fall.

CIA girls coach Greg Bell said his team played a good game against Matanuska Christian, and the best so far this season. He said the key to the Eagles' victory was setting the tone early on defense.

"It was a more defensive game in the first period," he said of the low-scoring 6-3 first quarter. "We've been working on being patient."

 

Cook Inlet's Jessica Hall pulls down a rebound in the second period against Matanuska Christian Saturday.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Cook Inlet Academy boys 53, Matanuska Christian 35

The CIA boys finished off the Matanuska Christian boys 53-35 to earn first place at the tournament. CIA jumped out to an early lead on the Matanuska Christian Eagles with eight unanswered points to open the first period.

CIA senior Calder Hillyer had nine points in the quarter including a 3-pointer, and sophomore Andy Hall added five points while junior guard Kyle Nettles lobbed in the first of his three treys for the night.

Nettles led all CIA scorers with 18 points, capitalizing on frequent opportunities in the open court.

"The offenses that we run get me a lot of open looks," Nettles said. "We've got good men underneath (the basket). Our big men look up the floor first. They don't really look for the outlet pass."

CIA's intensity rattled the Matanuska Christian cagers, who were able to find the space to make shots, but could not find the bottom of the net. The team hit only 13 out of 62 field goals. And CIA hoopsters were hustling to every loose ball, causing seven Matanuska turnovers and collecting nine defensive rebounds.

First-year head coach Max Vavilov, a 1995 CIA graduate, said he wanted his team to maintain the pressure on their opponents, even though they were up at the break by 14 points.

"I just told them that they needed to play hard," Vavilov said. "The tendency is to go one-on-one and start taking their own shots. I told them to take the level of intensity higher.

Matanuska senior Chris Gedicks led his team with 18 points.

CIA 38, MATANUSKA CHRISTIAN 18

Matanuska Christian 3 2 2 10 --18

CIA 6 11 9 12 --38

MATANUSKA (18) -- DeMarco 0 0-0 0, Ogan 0 0-0 0, Richardson 1 0-4 2, Stanley 0 0-0 0, Patson 0 0-1 0, Parry 0 0-0 0, Sunderland 0 2-2 2, Gedicks 0 0-0 0, Doerr 2 0-3 4, Brost 2 3-5 8, Johnson 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 6 5-15 18.

CIA (18) -- Zimmerman 2 0-0 4, McConnell 0 0-0 0, Smith 1 0-0 2, McNutt 0 0-0 0, Bell 5 0-1 10, Zindel 3 0-1 6, Evans 3 2-4 8, Hall 3 2-5 8, Bauder 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 17 4-11 38.

3-point goals -- Matanuska 1 (Brost). Total fouls -- Matanuska 16, CIA 15. Fouled out -- none.

CIA 53, MATANUSKA CHRISTIAN 35

Matanuska Christian 6 11 8 10 -- 35

CIA 17 14 14 8 -- 53

MATANUSKA (35) -- Martin 2 1-2 5, D. Unfreid 1 2-2 5, N. Unfreid 0 0-0 0, Brown 3 0-1 7, Haakenson 0 0-0 0, Gedicks 7 2-2 18, DeHart 0 0-0 0, Thomas 0 0-0 0, Jenkins 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 11 5-7 35.

CIA (53) -- Franchio 0 0-0 0, Peterson 2 0-0 4, Nettles 7 1-2 18, 0 0-2 0, 0 0-2 0, 7 2-4 17, Brown 1 0-0 2, Myers 2 1-2 5, Hall 2 1-2 5, Gabriel 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 22 5-10 53.

3-point goals -- Matanuska 4 (Gedicks 2, D. Unfreid, Brown), CIA 4 (Nettles 3, Hillyer). Total fouls -- Matanuska 14, CIA 14. Fouled out -- none.

Other Saturday games

Girls

RAIDERS 38, KNIGHTS 16

Unalaska 13 6 8 11 --38

Community Christian 2 8 2 4 --16

COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN (16) -- Cullenberg 0 0-0 0, Porter 0 0-0 0, Hakkenson 0 0-0 0, Hemstreet 3 0-0 6, Seymour 0 0-2 0, Keim 1 0-0 2, Case 3 2-2 8, Walker 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 11 2-4 16.

UNALASKA (38) -- Lamora 1 0-0 2, Robinson 8 0-0 18, Hopkins 2 0-0 4, Babcock 2 0-0 4, Lee 0 0-0 0, C. Wilt 3 0-0 6, A. Wilt 1 0-0 2, Tellmen 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 18 0-0 38.

3-point goals -- Unalaska 2 (Robinson 2). Total fouls -- Community Christian 8, Unalaska 5. Fouled out -- none.

RAIDERS 65, KNIGHTS 37

Unalaska 16 15 15 19 --65

Community Christian 5 12 11 9 --37

COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN (37) -- Halpin 0 5-10 5, C. Resetarits 0 0-0 0, Ellert 6 5-7 17, P. Resetarits 0 0-0 0, Arndt 1 0-2 2, Seymour 5 1-3 11, Fraley 1 0-0 2, Nester 0 0-0 0, J. Tutt 0 0-0 0, E. Tutt 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 13 11-22 37.

UNALASKA (65) -- Fredricks 0 0-0 0, Nichols 3 2-3 8, Solsma 4 2-5 11, Touza 3 0-0 6, Zueger 1 0-0 3, Garcia 0 0-0 0, Laskowski 9 1-4 19, Lekanoff 8 0-2 18. Totals -- 28 5-14 65.

3-point goals -- Unalaska 4 (Lekanoff 2, Zueger, Solsma). Total fouls -- Community Christian 16, Unalaska 19. Fouled out -- none.



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