Anchorage — It isn’t often Service senior Adam Klie gets to dunk a basketball twice in a game, but he pulled off the feat Tuesday at Dimond High in helping the Cougars take down the Lynx in a rematch of last season’s state title game.
After suffering an overtime loss to Dimond in last season’s Class 4A finale, Service managed a small measure of revenge with a 71-61 win that kicked off Cook Inlet Conference play for both teams.
“We came into this game knowing that they beat us last year and having a little chip on our shoulder,” Klie said. “We wanted to come in and play well. We didn’t have the best first half, but at least we came out with the W.”
Klie, who missed a potential game-winning shot at the end of regulation in last season’s title game, just missed a double-double with 20 points and nine rebounds. Amu Aukusitino collected 14 points, seven rebounds and six steals, helping Service win the turnover battle 21-13.
Dimond senior Damon Cikanek led all scorers with 28 points but turnovers hurt the Lynx, who lost seven seniors from last season’s championship team.
“The effort was there, but we just need to clean up the mental game and we’ll be OK,” Cikanek said. “Everyone thinks we’re not as good as last year, so we wanted to show up in the first game against Service. It was a big game for us.”
Service trailed by two at the half after Dimond went on a 21-11 second-quarter run, but the Cougars turned things around with a 20-9 third-quarter run to make it 48-39 at the start of the fourth.
Dimond started the fourth quarter with a 12-5 run, cutting Service’s lead to two points on a 3-pointer from sophomore Mohamad Cole.
The Dimond crowd went wild when Cole drew a charging call on Klie to end Service’s next possession, but Klie hushed the home fans a few moments later when he stole the ball at mid-court and raced in for a wide-open, two-handed dunk to put Service up 55-51.
“Dunking the ball is a swing for us, a momentum swing, so it felt good,” Klie said. “It’s always good, it gets the team pumped up and that’s always nice, but the main thing was to get the two points.”
Service slowly pulled away after that, building its lead back to 10 on a pair of free throws by Marques Robinson with 1:20 remaining.
Klie put an exclamation point on the win when a Dimond turnover with about 30 seconds left led to his second two-handed jam.
The game was physical and intense, which created a lot of fouls and a lot of scoring chances from the free throw line, where Service held the edge. The Cougars made 22 of 32 free throws and Dimond hit 19 of 28, missing some key free throws in the closing minutes that may have kept the game within reach.
South 60, West 56 OT
Enrique Morgan scored six points in overtime to help propel South to a 60-56 victory over West in the CIC opener for both teams Tuesday at West.
West led by six point at the half, but South came back to tie it at the end of the third quarter. The score remained tied at the end of regulation, 46-46.
Morgan finished with 12 points for South. Louis Page pumped in 20 points and David Alston supplied 11.
Deandre Wilson tossed in 16 and Theo Obligde added 10 for West.
Bartlett 64, Chugiak 53
Iziah Sherman-Newsome dropped in a team-high 17 points to fuel Bartlett’s 64-53 win over Chugiak in CIC action at Bartlett.
Chugiak led 15-7 after one quarter but Bartlett rallied with a 27-point second quarter for a 34-31 halftime lead.
Marques White chipped in 10 points and Evan Little added eight for Bartlett.
Skyler Fullmer’s 17 points led Chugiak, which got another 15 points from Payton Fullmer, who hit 10 of his 12 free throws.