Monroe Catholic put on a shooting clinic and Anchorage Christian put on a scoring clinic Friday at Sullivan Arena to claim convincing semifinal victories at the Class 3A boys state basketball tournament.
Monroe hit 58.3 percent of its shots in a 59-43 romp over Bethel, and ACS's potent offense overwhelmed Mt. Edgecumbe 81-41.
The wins put the Rams and the Lions in the state title game for the third straight year. Monroe beat ACS to win last year's championship and ACS beat Monroe to win the 2011 title.
ACS eclipsed the 25-point barrier in two of its four quarters against Mt. Edgecumbe, piling up 27 points in the second quarter and 28 in the fourth.
Jalen Terry and Gus Simmers both posted double-doubles for ACS, with Terry getting 13 points and 10 rebounds and Simmers getting 12 and 10.
Nathan Simmers, younger brother to Gus, poured in a game-high 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting, and Calvin Hoffman had yet another all-around effort that produced 14 points, four rebounds, four steals and four assists.
The Lions dominated in every aspect. They outrebounded Mt. Edgecumbe 54-22, they tallied 13 steals and they shot 49.2 percent to Mt. Edgecumbe's 31.1 percent.
ACS led 41-17 at the half after holding the Braves to six points in the first quarter.
John Peterson topped Mt. Edgecumbe with 17 points and Ryan Morgan added 12.
In the other semifinal, Monroe hardly ever missed a shot.
The Rams were a sweet 21 of 36 from the field, and they rebounded some of their rare misses. They owned a 29-15 rebounding edge that included 10 offensive rebounds, four of them by 6-foot guard Scooter Bynum.
Bynum buried seven of nine shots for a game-high 18 points to go along with a game-high nine rebounds. Tyler Wells and Michael Hale each added 11 points and John McCullough contributed 10 for Monroe.
Theodore Naneng scored 16, 13 in the second half, to lead Bethel. Taylor Hoffman tossed in 10 points.
Grace Christian and Nome each earned convincing consolation wins Friday. Grace Christian cruised by Seward 40-29 and Nome rocked Valdez 62-45.
Led by 12 points from Luke Offord, six players scored for Grace. Jeff Buchanan pumped in a game-high 13 for Seward.
Nome's Dominique Hall just missed a double-double, going off for 27 points and nine rebounds. Tyler Eide added 16 points for the Nanooks. Valdez' Sean Duffy and Levi Auble each scored 11.