Wolves put two on all-tourney team in Delta en route to third-place finish

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 13:02
  • Eagle River’s Jacob Thompson puts a shot up against East’s DiQues Esaw, left and Jarod Williams on Jan. 8. Thompson earned all-tourney honors last weekend in Delta after leading his team to a third-place finish. (Photo by Michael Dinneen for the Star)

Aaron Davis and Jacob Thompson led the Eagle River Wolves to a third-place finish at the Dean Cummings Tournament in Delta Junction last week.

Before losing to eventual tournament champion Valdez 55-48 in the semifinals on Friday, the Wolves blew out Galena 66-48 and then handled Nome 67-52 after a huge third quarter in the consolation game.

Thompson averaged 16.6 points per game over the three-day tourney, with 21 against Galena and 17 in the third-place game versus Nome.

After just 6 points against Galena, Davis exploded for 19 in the third-place game with 19 points and 6 rebounds. He averaged 12.3 points for the tournament.

Ryan Adkins also averaged double figures for the tourney with an 11.6 average, including a near double-double of 9 points and a team-high 8 rebounds against Nome.

Eagle River 67, West 55

Eagle River defeated West High School 67-55 in front of an exuberant crowd on Monday evening. The Wolves now stand at 7-4 overall for the season and 2-1 in the Cook Inlet Conference.

“It was a hard-fought game on both sides,” the coach Bob Adkins said. “I was proud of our guys tonight to finish and come down the stretch and hit a bunch of free throws and keep our composure.”

The Wolves matched the intensity and determination of West, a team known for running the ball quickly. Maintaining their composure under pressure was a takeaway from their first conference game against East High School. The Wolves proved they learned the lesson well as they made smart decisions with the ball and did not abandon their game plan in the first half when West’s full-court press stifled the Wolves’ offense.

Ryan Adkins was instrumental in the win, knocking down 13 points in the final quarter and 22 overall for the night. Jacob Thomson contributed 18 points and Aaron Davis scored 11 to seal the Wolves’ victory over the Eagles.

The win came on the heels of Chugiak defeating East High School, making this the first time Coach Adkins can think of that both area teams defeated Anchorage teams on the same night.

“We’ve been the underdogs for quite a while and in the same night for both programs to win is exciting for Chugiak and Eagle River kids in the community,” he said.

The Wolves host Soldotna High School on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.

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