PREP HOOPS: Coates, Pinkney nail game-winning bombs for CHS; Wolves roll
Both the Chugiak boys and girls basketball teams got game-winning, come-from-behind 3-pointers in thrilling wins Thursday night.
Terrance Coates was the big hero for the Chugiak boys, knocking down his bomb at the buzzer from to ice a 57-55 win over British Columbia Christian Academy in the first round of the Alaska Airlines Classic at West High in Anchorage. Coates finished with 31 points for the Mustangs, who trailed 55-54 with 4.6 seconds left.
Chugiak plays the Riverview (Fla.) Rams in the semifinals at 6 p.m. on Friday. The winner will take on the Rufus King (Wi.) vs. West Anchorage victor in Saturday's final.
Also Thursday, the Chugiak girls snuck past visiting Barrow, 40-39. Senior captain Nicole Pinckney — who was recently selected as a finalist for the McDonald's All-American Game — did the job for the Mustangs, dropping a trey at the buzzer to sink the Whalers, last year's Class 3A girls champions.
WOLVES SWEEP LUMEN CHRISTI
Eagle River picked up a lopsided sweep over nonconference Lumen Christi on Thursday night at Eagle River.
Chyna Finly exploded for 28 points to lead the girls to a 70-31 win over the Archangels. Saraya Willis added 10 points for the Wolves, who got six points each from Shade Gopie, Lauryn Green and Chelsey Scott.
The Eagle River boys were even more unforgiving, blasting Lumen Christi 82-15 in the second game of a doubleheader at ERHS.
CORRECTION: Edited Friday to correct the teams playing in Friday's West tourney.