Mustangs break free late against Eagle River

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 11:03
  • Eagle River’s Jean Gonzalez goes to the hoop between Chugiak’s Josh Wilson and Ty Carlos in the Mustangs’ 54-45 win last Friday. (Photo by Michael Dinneen for the Star)
  • Eagle River’s Jacob Thompson, center, is tied up by Chugiak’s Tyler Trevino, Matthew Blackley and Joe Groth. Thompson had 12 points to lead the Wolves. (Photo by Michael Dinneen for the Star)
  • Chugiak’s Ty Carlos drives into Eagle River’s Aaron Davis. Carlos led Chugiak with 12 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Davis added 10 points and tied for the team lead with 10 rebounds for Eagle River. (Photo by Michael Dinneen for the Star)

One of the more entertaining battles in the enduring Chugiak-Eagle River rivalry took place Saturday night as the Wolves hosted the Mustangs for an evening of boys basketball.

The teams left it all on the floor as every loose ball was contested, every inch of floor space battled for, charges and blocks were commonplace and few shots were left uncontested.

While Chugiak prevailed 54-45, for three and a half quarters the hosts made believers of their fans with their gritty defensive play and aggressive offense. Eagle River led by three entering the fourth quarter but was outscored 22-10 in the fourth.

In the final minutes of play, the ball quit falling for the Wolves, and what had become a tie game became a much closer than reflected nine point loss for Eagle River.

For the Wolves, Jacob Thompson netted 12 points, Ryan Adkins 11 and Aaron Davis 10. Adkins and Davis had 10 rebounds apiece. Adkins also sank a trio of three-point shots and Thompson found the net on a pair. The Wolves kept the ball moving on offense with quick passes, finding the ability to make plays inside.

The normally sharp-shooting Hunter Harr had an off night for the Mustangs, completing just one of his five attempts from beyond the arc and finishing with seven points.

Derryk Snell, who contributed 10 points, found driving the lane to his liking finishing several layups with a nice spin on the ball. Ty Carlos was equally physical, leading the team in scoring with 12 and rebounding with 7 before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.

Chugiak will play a pair of games at Barrow over the weekend after traveling to West on Thursday, while Eagle River is next up against East on Thursday and at West on Saturday.

Lady Mustangs take fourth at Dimond

After dropping the opening game to Anchorage Christian in the opening round of the Lady Lynx Tournament at Dimond High, Chugiak’s girls picked up a pair of wins by beating West Valley by the narrowest of margins, 55-54, and nearly as narrow against Barrow, 40-37.

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