Eagle River boys basketball downs rival Chugiak
Eagle River High pulled away in the final minutes to earn a 55-44 Cook Inlet Conference win over rival Chugiak on Wednesday, Jan. 18.
With the win, Eagle River improves to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the CIC. The loss drops Chugiak to 2-8 overall and 0-4 in the conference.
Leading by three, the Wolves went on a 9-2 run in the final four minutes to gain a 10-point advantage — one the Mustangs couldn’t recover from.
Holding a six-point lead, Shaquan Rhoades — who finished with eight points — went to the free-throw line to shoot one-on-one. He missed, but no one on the floor moved — thinking Rhoades was shooting two — except for Kevin Waterman.
Called a “heads-up play” by Wolves’ head coach Fred Young, Waterman got the rebound and put in an easy layup to increase Eagle River’s lead to eight with 1:25 to go. Waterman finished with seven points.
Senior Chris Parker scored a team-high 22 points for Eagle River. Kelechi Madubuko had eight, Hunter Hill scored six and Patrick Prior chipped in four.
Skyler Fullmer led the Mustangs with 15 points. Marquis Spearman followed with 11, Steven Puterbaugh scored 10, Kenny Pegues added four, Ryan Harris chipped in three and Matt Oldenkamp added one.
The game was close until the end. Eagle River held a one-point lead after the first quarter and first half. The Wolves increased their lead to four at the start of the final quarter.
A major difference in the game was free throws, both in attempts and shooting percentage. Eagle River went 7-of-11 from the line while Chugiak went 12-of-29.
The Wolves travel to Soldotna for their next game against nonconference Skyview on Friday, Jan. 20. Chugiak, which left for Juneau following Wednesday’s game, will play at Thunder Mountain tonight (Jan. 19).
Chugiak 64, Eagle River 25
Eight different players scored for Chugiak as the Mustangs cruised to a 64-25 conference win over Eagle River on Wednesday.
With the win, the Mustangs improve to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the CIC. The loss drops Eagle River to 0-6 overall and 0-4 in the conference.
Madison McAleavey paced Chugiak with 16 points followed by Erinn Scotland with 13 and Jessi McMullen with 10.
Dana Panfil led the Wolves with 11 points. Lauren Frost chipped in seven.
Eagle River will look for its first win in more than two years when it travels to Soldotna to take on nonconference Skyview on Friday, Jan. 20. Chugiak plays at South on Jan. 24.
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