THURSDAY HOOPS: Chugiak basketball teams stay hot

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 22:43
  • Chugiak’s Courtney Kuhlmann goes up for two of her 13 points during the Mustangs’ 64-22 Cook Inlet Conference basketball win over Service on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 at Chugiak. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak head coach Jocquis Sconiers and the Mustang bench watch the action during the fourth quarter of Chugiak’s 59-48 Cook Inlet Conference boys basketball win over Service on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 at Chugiak High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River’s Savion Wilson gets in a layup in front of Bartlett’s Latjor Bayath on Thursday Feb. 16, 2017 at Bartlett. Photo by Michael Dinneen for the Star.

The Chugiak girls basketball team wasn’t tested in its first game as the state’s top-ranked Class 4A girls team, clobbering Service 64-22 in a Cook Inlet Conference contest at Chugiak Thursday, Feb. 16.

The Mustangs — who were christened the No. 1 team according to the Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches poll the day before — outscored the Cougars 21-5 in the first quarter and never looked back in a game that finished with a running clock due to the mercy rule.

Nicole Pinckney had 14 points to lead a balanced Chugiak attack that also got 13 points from Courtney Kuhlmann and 12 each from Randi McMullen and Chasity Horn. The win lifted the Mustangs to 7-2 in the CIC.

Chugiak plays next on Saturday, Feb. 18 at South at 6 p.m.

BOYS

Chugiak 59, Service 48

Chugiak frustrated Service all night Thursday, sending the Cougars home with a 59-48 Cook Inlet Conference defeat at Chugiak.

The No. 5 ranked Mustangs held the Cougars to two points in the first quarter and limited Service star Nathan Fromm to 10 points — all of them coming in the second quarter. Fromm fouled out in the third quarter after committing an offensive foul, then immediately getting a technical (which also counts as a personal foul) for slamming his hand into a folding chair on the bench. After getting disqualified from the game, Fromm completed his performance by kicking over a chair and storming off the court. He later returned to the bench to watch the remainder of the game.

Fromm wasn’t the only Cougar to run afoul of the officials — head coach Tyler Moor picked up a technical of his own before the first quarter had expired.

The game was rough and tumble throughout. Chugiak was whistled for 20 personal fouls and the Cougars were called for 25. The Mustangs made 21 of 31 shots from the foul line, where the Cougars were 11-for-17.

Tyler Trevino led Chugiak with 13 points, Zach Hauger had 12 and Terrance Coates had eight. The win lifted Chugiak to 5-4 in the CIC.

Dominik Norman scored 11 points to lead Service.

The Mustangs are back in action Saturday, Feb. 18 at South at 7:30 p.m.

Bartlett 54, Eagle River 35

Eagle River dropped to 0-9 in the CIC with a 54-35 loss at Bartlett on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Ryan Adkins led the Wolves with 11 points. Sebastian Brown led all scorers with 13 points for the Golden Bears.

Eagle River plays next on Saturday, Feb. 18 at home against Dimond at 7:30 p.m.

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