BCS boys reach state semifinals


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Birchwood Christian assistant coach Scott Duplessis hugs head coach Robert Vickers as assistant coach Brad Rud reacts after the Warriors defeated Bristol Bay 34-33 on Monday at Sullivan Arena.

Star photo by Mike Nesper

Birchwood Christian School’s boys pulled ahead in the final 20 seconds to take a dramatic 34-33 win over Bristol Bay in the opening round of the Class 2A state basketball tournament Monday at Sullivan Arena. The Warriors will take on Noorvik on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. with a championship berth on the line.

Dylan Keiffer gave Birchwood its first lead of the game when he hit the eventual game-winning jumper with 19.5 seconds left in regulation.

The Angels nearly won as Bristol Bay’s Brandon Rush had a shot rim out as the buzzer sounded.

The Warriors battled the entire game, head coach Robert Vickers said.

“They fought and fought,” he said.

Despite trailing by as many as 11 points, Birchwood stayed positive, Vickers said. Now, after making their first state tournament appearance in school history, the Warriors have a shot at making their first state final.

“When the chips are down, they never get on each other’s backs,” he said. “That’s their heart.”

Bristol Bay’s tough man-to-man defense held the Warriors to just 12 first-half points, Vickers said.

“That whole first half, they shut us down totally,” he said.

BCS found its offense in the second half when the Warriors started driving inside, Vickers said.

Birchwood also made defensive adjustments.

“They were starting to penetrate on us,” Vickers said.

Birchwood, which switched to a two-three defense, held the Angels to 15 points in the second half and outscored Bristol Bay 14-7 in the final eight minutes.

“They responded well,” Vickers said of his team. “They stepped up their defense.”

The Warriors got six 3-point field goals from six different players.

Mike Rud, who was named player of the game for BCS, led the Warriors with 14 points and eight rebounds. Keiffer added eight points, and Caleb Duplessis, David Rud, Isaac Foreman and Chris Manning scored three apiece.

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WARRIORS 34, ANGELS 33

BCS              5       7       8       14       —       34

Bristol Bay       9       9       8       7       —       33

BCS (34) — Duplessis 1 0-0 3, O’Neil 0 0-0 0, Cross 0 0-0 0, D. Keiffer 3 1-2 8, T. Keiffer 0 0-1 0, D. Rud 1 0-0 3, M. Rud 6 1-4 14, Foreman 1 0-0 3, Roark 0 0-0 0, York 0 0-0 0, Manning 1 0-0 3, Patterson 0 0-0 0. Totals — 13 2-7 34.

Bristol Bay (33) — Chukwak 4 1-2 9, Rush 3 0-0 9, Moorcroft 7 1-4 15. Totals — 14 2-6 33.

3-point goals — BCS 6 (Duplessis, D. Keiffer, D. Rud, M. Rud, Foreman, Manning), Bristol Bay 3 (Rush 3). Total fouls — BCS 9, Bristol Bay 11. Fouled out — None.

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