Wolves, 'Stangs battle for 'The Bowl'
The trophy has finally traveled.
Shaquan Rhoades erupted for 16 fourth-quarter points to lead Eagle River in a come-from-behind win 80-74 over host Chugiak to claim the “Birchwood Bowl” on Saturday, Feb. 16. The trophy, given to the winners of the second game between the crosstown rivals, has stayed in Chugiak’s trophy case the past five seasons.
The victory also marked Eagle River’s first sweep of the regular season series over Chugiak.
“It was pretty exciting,” Rhoades said. “Just that feeling. Just to get that Birchwood Bowl.”
Rhoades pumped in 33 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead the Wolves. Four of his treys came in the final quarter.
“He’s an unbelievable player,” Wolves’ head coach Fred Young said. “He has a lot of ability.”
So does Skyler Fullmer.
The Chugiak senior captain racked up a game-high 39 points. Co-captain Payton Fullmer added 17.
Trailing by eight after three quarters, Rhoades, a senior captain, said he put his team on his shoulders.
“I gave it the extra push and did what I had to,” he said.
The rest of the Wolves followed suit, as Eagle River scored 30 points in the final eight minutes.
“The fourth quarter came around, and the kids just took over,” Young said.
Though Chugiak led after each of the first three quarters, Young said Eagle River persevered.
“I’m proud of the kids,” he said. “They could have rolled over and died but they didn’t.”
“It was about staying mentally tough,” he said.
The win was Eagle River’s fourth in a row and improved the Wolves’ Cook Inlet Conference record to 6-4. Chugiak fell to 0-10 in the conference.
In the girls’ game, it was all Chugiak. The Mustangs had nine different scorers in their 49-23 win.
“This was just a good game to run through our offense,” said senior Madison McAleavey.
Brandy Bookout scored a game-high 12 points for Chugiak followed by McAleavey with 11. Dana Panfil led the Wolves with eight points.
McAleavey said the Mustangs are improving each time they step on the court.
“Every game we’re getting better and better at finishing,” she said. “Slowly but surely we’re progressing.”
With the win, Chugiak improved to 3-7 in the CIC. Eagle River fell to 1-9.
Chugiak and Eagle River were both in action Wednesday, Feb. 20, but scores were not available when the Star went to press.
East 88, Chugiak 50
Eleven different players scored, with five in double digits, for East in the T-Birds’ 88-50 win over Chugiak on Feb. 14. Skyler Fullmer (15 points) and Payton Fullmer (14) led Chugiak.
Eagle River 60, Dimond 49
Hunter Hill, Eric Roberts and Thomas Jones scored 14 points apiece to lead Eagle River past Dimond 60-49 on Feb. 13.
West 59, Chugiak 44
West beat Chugiak 59-44 on Feb. 13. Skyler Fullmer scored 19 points to lead the Mustangs. Payton Fullmer added 12.
East 48, Chugiak 40
East earned a 48-40 win over Chugiak on Feb. 14. Brandy Bookout and Anna Ingraham scored 10 points apiece to lead the Mustangs.
West 47, Chugiak 40
Ingraham recorded a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) but it wasn’t enough as Chugiak fell to West 47-40 on Feb. 13. Sammie McMullen added 10 points for the Mustangs.
Dimond 88, Eagle River 20
Mikayla Smith-Douglas scored seven points to lead Eagle River in its 88-20 loss to Dimond on Feb. 13.