PREP HOOPS ROUND-UP: Chugiak boys win third-place game at Dimond Prep Shootout
Eagle River boys 57, South 49
The Eagle River boys basketball team improved to 1-1 in the Cook Inlet Conference with a 57-49 win at South Tuesday, Jan. 16.
Ryan Adkins had a team-high 18 points for the Wolves, who got 10 from Jean Gonzales, nine from Aaron Davis and eight from Mason Piper.
Darius Delaney led all scorers with 24 points for the Wolverines.
Mustangs 3rd at Prep Shootout
Josh Wilson’s free throw with less than five seconds to play broke a 43-43 tie to lift Chugiak to a 45-43 win over Grace Christian in the third-place game Saturday night at the Dimond Prep Shootout boys basketball tournament at Dimond High.
Wilson was fouled as he drove to the basket and hit the first of a one-and-one. Grace never had a chance to go ahead, as the Mustangs stole the ball late.
Defense was key to Chugiak’s success all tournament, with Jocquis Sconiers’ team allowing a stingy 44.6 points per game in the three-game tourney.
“Defense is our catalyst,” Sconiers said. “If we could figure out a way to consistently put the ball in the bucket and consistently take advantage of the mistakes we’re drawing, we can have an easier time.”
Chugiak sharpshooter Adam Huffman made four 3-pointers to lead Chugiak with 12 points, Derryk Snell added 10, Tyler Trevino had seven, Ty Carlos added six and Wilson had four.
Tobin Karlberg scored a game-high 20 points for the hard-luck Grizzlies, whose two tournament losses came by a combined four points.
“That’s a good team there,” Sconiers said.
Snell was named to the all-tournament team for Chugiak, despite playing on a bum ankle that’s given him trouble since football season. The state’s Gatorade football Player of the Year averaged 10 points per game to lead the Mustangs in scoring over the three-day tourney.
Dimond defeated Barrow 49-44 in the tournament title game Saturday night.
Barrow 63, Chugiak 53
Chugiak was outscored 15-5 in overtime to drop a 63-53 decision to Barrow in the semifinals of the Dimond Prep Shootout tournament Friday, Jan. 12 at Dimond High in Anchorage.
The Mustangs led by six points at halftime but couldn’t hold off the Whalers, who got 14 points and six rebounds from Sione Tuifua.
Derryk Snell scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds for Chugiak, which got 11 points each from Ty Carlos and Josh Wilson. The loss dropped Chugiak into the third-place game Saturday at 5:30 p.m. against Grace Christian. The Grizzlies lost on a buzzer-beater to Dimond Friday in the tournament’s other semifinal. Dimond at Barrow will play at 7 p.m. in Saturday’s title game.
Mustangs 54, Braves 25
Chugiak used a stifling defense to frustrate Mt. Edgecumbe in a 54-25 win in the opening round of the tournament Thursday, Jan. 11 at Dimond.
The Mustangs allowed just eight field goals, held the Braves to 34 percent from the floor and outscored Mt. Edgecumbe 21-5 in the fourth quarter.
Adam Huffman made three 3-pointers and scored 11 points to lead a balanced Chugiak attack that got eight from Matthew Blackly, seven from Tyler Trevino and six each from Ty Carlos and Derryk Snell.
Jamal Alstrom led all scorers with 13 points for Mt. Edgecumbe.
Also Thursday, Barrow advanced to the semifinals with a 59-58 win over Juneau-Douglas, Grace Christian beat Soldotna and Dimond downed Tikigaq.
Chugiak 66, North Pole 31
Chugiak managed a split on its Interior road trip with a 66-31 thumping of North Pole in North Pole on Saturday, Jan. 13.
West Valley 53, Chugiak 51
Chugiak got a chilly welcome to the Interior with a 53-51 defeat at the hands of the West Valley Wolfpack Friday, Jan. 12 in Fairbanks.
Patricia Houser scored 17 points and Chasity Horn added 10 for the Mustangs, who wrap up their road trip Saturday against North Pole.