Chugiak boys drop first-round battle at Dimond Prep Shootout

Friday, January 10, 2020 - 10:02
  • Chugiak and Wasilla players battle for position during a free throw attempt by Chugiak’s Austin Harr during their first-round game at the Dimond Prep Shootout basketball tournament on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 at Dimond High. (Matt Tunseth / ADN)
  • Wasilla’s Luke Devine drives past Chugiak’s Austin Harr during their first-round game at the Dimond Prep Shootout basketball tournament on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 at Dimond High. (Matt Tunseth / ADN)
  • Chugiak’s Josh Cardon, right, battles Wasilla’s Payson White during Chugiak’s 43-36 loss to Wasilla during the first round of the Dimond Prep Shootout boys basketball tournament at Dimond High on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Chugiak’s Kellen Beam defends Wasilla’s Isaac Sironen during their first-round game at the Dimond Prep Shootout basketball tournament on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 at Dimond High. (Matt Tunseth / ADN)
  • Chugiak’s Owen Lewis goes up for a shot during the Mustangs’ 43-36 loss to Wasilla in the first round of the Dimond Prep Shootout boys basketball tournament at Dimond High on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

Chugiak will play in the consolation round of the Dimond Prep Shootout boys basketball tournament Friday after dropping a tight decision to Wasilla Thursday afternoon at Dimond High.

The Mustangs led by as many as six points in the first half but cooled off down the stretch to drop a 43-36 decision to the Warriors. They’ll face Juneau-Douglas at 4 p.m. Friday for a chance to play in Saturday’s fourth-place game.

Jackson Wall scored 14 of his team-high 17 points in the first half for Chugiak, which also got 12 from Owen Lewis, four from Ausin Harr and three from Zach Cole. The Mustangs made four 3-pointers in the first half but were just 1-of-10 from deep after halftime.

Luke Devine was the difference for Wasilla, scoring a game-high 26 points to go along with 15 rebounds. Donnie Lawhead and Andrew Devine scored six points each for Wasilla, which will face West Valley at 7 p.m. in one of Friday’s semifinals.

Dimond will play Grace Christian in the 8:30 p.m. semifinal Friday. Also Friday, Palmer will play Kodiak in the consolation round at 5:30 p.m.

In other games Thursday, Grace rocked Kodiak 66-35, West Valley mauled Juneau-Douglas 77-46 and Dimond outshined Palmer 66-36.

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