CHS boys basketball season ends
Service showed why its ranked No. 1 in the Cook Inlet Conference with a 102-68 victory over Chugiak in the first round of the CIC tournament Monday, March 4 at West High.
Five different players scored double digits for the Cougars. Skyler Fullmer led Chugiak with 24 points followed by Payton Fullmer (13) and Jake Brownlee (11).
The Cougars’ speed make them difficult to contend with, Mustangs’ head coach Kevin Fullmer said.
“They’re quick and fast and play so well together,” he said.
Despite the lopsided score, Chugiak battle until the final whistle, coach Fullmer said.
“My guys never quit,” he said. “They showed a lot of heart.”
Coach Fullmer had no ill will toward the Cougars for reaching triple digits.
“The Service kids are humble winners,” he said. “They’re really classy.”
Despite losing every conference game, Chugiak developed throughout the season, Skyler Fullmer said.
“We definitely improved,” he said. “We definitely played hard every game.”
Along with Skyler Fullmer — the Mustangs’ leading scorer — Chugiak is losing seniors Roger Jorgensen, Isaiah Goward, Brandon Lewis, Sam Brownlee and Austin Husberg. That leaves just four potential returners for next year.
Rebuilding is part of the process, Skyler Fullmer said.
“That’s what you’ve got to do. Build the program up,” he said.
Like this year, the Mustangs’ squad next season will be made up of new varsity players. That makes offseason training essential, coach Fullmer said.
“They need to make sure the next time they play isn’t at tryouts,” he said.
Full of good attitudes, coach Fullmer said he couldn’t ask for a better team.
“They’ve been a fun bunch of kids to be around,” he said.
But it’s the coach Skyler Fullmer will miss most.
“It’s been a blast,” he said of playing for his father. “He’s coached me through all my years.”
The No. 6 seed Eagle River boys played third-seeded Dimond on Wednesday, but a score was not available when the Star went to press. Check www.alaskastar.com for tourney updates.