BCS falls short in state opener

Warriors play Russian Mission on Monday


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Birchwood's Tyler Keiffer goes up for a shot against Noatak in the first round of the boys Class 1A state basketball tournament Saturday at West High. The Lynx won 55-49.

Star photo by Mike Nesper

Noatak defeated Birchwood Christian School 55-49 in the first round of the boys Class 1A state basketball tournament Saturday at West High. 

The Lynx outscored BCS 19-7 in the third quarter to build a seven-point lead going into the final eight minutes. The Warriors led 29-24 at halftime. 

Noatak's balanced offensive attack of perimeter shooting and a strong inside game was difficult to defend, Warriors' head coach Robert Vickers said. 

"They had five shooters on the floor at all times," he said. 

Mike Rud scored a game-high 24 points to lead BCS. Caleb Duplessis added 10 points for the Warriors. Anthony Ashby (21 points) and Ralph Stalker Jr. (16) paced the Lynx. 

Led by Chris Manning's game-high 13 boards, Birchwood grabbed 12 more rebounds than Noatak. But, the Warriors committed seven more turnovers than Noatak, which racked up 12 steals.  

Though disappointed his team fell into the consolation bracket, Vickers was proud of Birchwood's effort. 

"Nobody ever quit," he said. "Nobody got down." 

The Warriors face Russian Mission on Monday in an elimination game at 9:45 a.m. at West High. 

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