Eagle River boys net back-to-back CIC victories
Mustangs still looking for first conference win
Eagle River’s Kelechi Madubuko (12) and Daniel Houser (33) go up for the ball against South’s Wade Ellis during the Wolves’ 72-53 win on Jan. 6 at Eagle River.
STAR PHOTO BY MATT TUNSETH
Just five games into the 2011-12 basketball season, Eagle River’s boys already have more victories than last year.
The Wolves, who managed just two wins in the 2010-11 campaign, improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Cook Inlet Conference with a convincing 72-53 victory over visiting South Anchorage on Jan. 6 and a thrilling win at East on Jan. 10.
The decisive win signaled more than Eagle River’s first conference victory of the season, junior Shaquan Rhoades said. It showed wins won’t come easily against the Wolves this year, he said.
“We know how good we are,” Rhoades said. “We’re just trying to prove a point.”
Eight different Eagle River players scored points and four reached double digits.
Chris Parker scored a team-high 16, followed by Rhoades with 12. Brandon Parrish and Kelechi Madubuko each had 10.
After a tight first half, Eagle River erupted for 25 points — and held South to nine — in the third quarter, opening on a 22-2 run. Twelve of Parker’s 16 points came in those eight minutes.
Eagle River head coach Fred Young said he told his team the start of the second half would determine the game’s outcome.
“I told them the first three minutes of the quarter, we have to go all out. And the kids did it,” Young said.
The team didn’t make any major adjustments in the second half, Rhoades said.
“Nothing really changed,” he said. “We just played our game.”
While the game plan wasn’t altered, Eagle River was more settled in the final 16 minutes, Young said.
“The difference was we were more patient on offense,” he said. “We were picking and choosing instead of taking it.”
Eagle River 50, East 48
Parker lifted his team to a dramatic 50-48 victory on Tuesday night at East.
Trailing 48-47 in the final seconds, the senior scored and was fouled with just 0.8 seconds on the clock. He made the ensuing free throw to provide the final margin of victory.
“Both teams were playing on emotion,” said Young, who coached at East last season. “We had to come from behind and win it.”
Service 68, Chugiak 46
Nine different Chugiak players scored points in a 68-46 CIC loss to Service on Jan. 6. Skyler Fullmer led the Mustangs with 12 points. Marquis Spearman followed with 10.
Dimond 73, Chugiak 29
Chugiak couldn’t get anything going on Tuesday, Jan. 10, shooting just 28 percent from the floor in a 73-29 loss to Dimond at Chugiak. The loss dropped the Mustangs to 0-3 in the CIC and 2-7 overall.
Steven Puterbaugh led Chugiak with eight points and eight rebounds, and Skyler Fullmer and Spearman added six points each.
The Mustangs next have a shot at their first CIC win on Wednesday, Jan. 18, when they travel to Eagle River to face the Wolves at 7:30 p.m.