Local teams in action at holiday hoops tournaments

Friday, December 29, 2017 - 22:20
  • Chugiak’s Caitlin Wachmann, center, is fouled by East’s Francisca Wright during their Capital City Classic game at Juneau-Douglas High School on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. (Photo by Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)

Chugiak girls win one, lose one in Juneau

The Chugiak girls ran into a buzzsaw in the form of the East Thunderbirds Thursday, falling 65-43 in the Capital City Classic in Juneau.

Chugiak kept things close in the first half, trailing 30-25 at the intermission. But East pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Mustangs 35-18 down the stretch. Azaria Robinson had a game-high 27 points for East, which routed tourney host Juneau-Douglas 95-64 on Wednesday.

Chugiak opened its trip to Juneau in capital fashion, routing Sutherlin, Oregon 68-23 on the first day of the tournament Wednesday, Dec. 27. Horn scored 24 points to lead the Mustangs, according to the Juneau Empire’s live blog of the tournament.

Chugiak coach Ryan Hales told the paper his team looks good in the early season.

“We have great players that can play inside and outside so I think that helps us,” Hales said of his team, which got at least one field goal from nine different players.

The tournament takes a break Friday for teams to tour Juneau and take part in festivities that include a shooting contest and banquet.

Chugiak wraps the round-robin tournament against Juneau-Douglas Saturday at 5 p.m.

Follow the tournament blog here.

Eagle River boys to play for third in Phoenix

The Eagle River boys lost a tough one in the semifinals of the “Tempe” Division at the Cactus Jam basketball tournament in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Wolves led Maranatha High of Pasadena, California by three points with just 38.2 seconds left, but were done in by the Minutemen’s impeccable free throw shooting. Maranatha went 11-for-11 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter, including their final 10 points of the game.

Aaron Davis led a balanced Eagle River attack with 11 points for the Wolves, who got contributions from Hezekiah Lewis (9), Bryson Rollman (8), Ryan Adkins (7), Jean Gonzalez (7) and Jacob Thompson (4).

Eagle River advanced to the semis with a 62-53 win over Liberty, Oregon on Wednesday. Adkins caught fire from deep, knocking down six 3-pointers in the second quarter en route to a team-high 24 points. Adkins was also 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to help seal the win. Davis added 12 points and Gonzalez had for the Wolves, who shot 15-for-16 from the free throw line.

The Wolves will play in the tournament’s third-place game Saturday.

Wolves take third in Kodiak

Eagle River finished third at the Joe Floyd basketball tournament in Kodiak Friday, Dec. 29. The Wolves defeated the host Bears 41-25 in the final game of the round-robin tournament to finish 1-2.

The Wolves fell 63-26 to Lathrop on Wednesday and dropped a 70-37 decision to Nikiski on Thursday. Chyna Finley led the Wolves with 14 points in the loss to Lathrop.

Tournament games are broadcast live and can be seen afterward online at KHS Broadcasting, which is streaming the tournament here.

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Wednesday, Dec. 27

CACTUS JAM (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Eagle River boys 62, Liberty (Ore.) 53


Chugiak girls 68, Sutherlin (Ore.) 23


Lathrop girls 63, Eagle River 26

Thursday, Dec. 28

CACTUS JAM (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Maranatha Christian (Calif.) 54, Eagle River 52


Nikiski girls 70, Eagle River 37


East girls 65, Chugiak 43

Friday, Dec. 29


Eagle River girls vs. Kodiak, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 30

CACTUS JAM (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Eagle River boys vs. TBA


Chugiak girls vs. Juneau-Douglas, 5 p.m.

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