Chugiak boys take second at Prep Shootout
Chugiak’s boys basketball team rebounded from an 0-5 start to finish second at Dimond’s Alaska Prep Shootout on Saturday, Jan. 19.
“It’s definitely a huge boost,” said senior Skyler Fullmer, who was named tournament MVP after averaging just over 25 points in three games.
After a rough start to the season — five straight double-digit losses — the Mustangs (2-6 overall, 0-1 CIC) are starting to jell, Fullmer said.
“We definitely flow together,” he said.
In the championship, Chugiak met familiar foe Bartlett — the two have met three times this season. The Golden Bears came out on top 61-59 in a title game that featured 14 lead changes and seven ties.
As he has all tournament, Fullmer led the Mustangs with 25 points. Payton Fullmer, who was also named to the all-tournament team, added 14 for Chugiak.
“Skyler had a monster tournament,” head coach Kevin Fullmer said.
But, coach Fullmer said, the Mustangs are anything but a one-man show.
“Everything he gets is his team helping him get there,” he said. “We’re only as good as all of us.”
Chugiak has made huge improvements from the beginning of the season, coach Fullmer said, which is reflective of the team’s attitude.
“They’re very teachable,” he said. “They’re a great group of guys.”
The team’s work ethic has enabled Chugiak to progress each game, Skyler Fullmer said.
“Everyone is working hard and executing our plays,” he said. “Just playing hard, having heart.”
Chugiak opened the Shootout with a 62-47 win over Ketchikan on Jan. 17. Skyler Fullmer led the Mustangs with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Payton Fullmer (17 points) and Roger Jorgensen (13) also reached double digits for Chugiak.
The following day, Chugiak edged Juneau-Douglas 53-49 to earn a spot in the championship. Skyler Fullmer racked up a game-high 26 points. Jake Brownlee chipped in nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Payton Fullmer and Jorgensen added eight points apiece.
The Mustangs resumed their conference schedule Wednesday, Jan. 23 against West, but a score was not available when the Star went to press. Chugiak hosts Homer today (Jan. 24) at 7:30 p.m.
Eagle River 56, West 54
Eagle River improved to 1-1 in Cook Inlet Conference play with a 56-54 win over visiting West on Jan. 16. Nicholas Montgomery paced the Wolves with a game-high 15 points followed by Thomas Jones with 13.
Eagle River traveled to Dimond on Wednesday, Jan. 23, but a score was not available when the Star went to press. The Wolves host Anchorage Christian Schools today (Jan. 24) at 7:45 p.m.
BCS 41, Su Valley 32
Mike Rud had 21 points and Tyler Keiffer added 10 to lead Birchwood Christian to a 41-32 win over Su Valley on Jan. 21.
BCS 54, Wasilla Lake 39
Mike Rud had 16 points and Caleb Duplessis scored 11 as Birchwood cruised to a 54-39 win over Wasilla Lake Christian Jan. 15.
Kodiak 53, Chugiak 30
Visiting Kodiak downed Chugiak 53-30 in nonconference action Jan. 17.
The Mustangs played at West on Wednesday, Jan. 23, but a score was not available when the Star went to press. Chugiak hosts Homer today (Jan. 24) at 6 p.m.
Su Valley 44, BCS 33
Birchwood rallied from a 21-7 halftime deficit, but it wasn’t enough as Su Valley pulled out a 44-33 win. Ariel Rud led BCS with 13 points.
West 47, Eagle River 13
Eagle River fell to 0-2 in the CIC with a 47-13 loss to visiting West on Jan. 16. The Wolves played at Dimond on Wednesday, Jan. 23, but a score was not available when the Star went to press.
Eagle River hosts Anchorage Christian Schools today (Jan. 24) at 6 p.m.
BCS 16, Wasilla Lake 11
Katelyn Becker scored six points to lead Birchwood Christian to a 16-11 win at Wasilla Lake Christian on Jan. 15.