Thunder Mountain advances to semifinals

Thunder Mountain was the lone Alaska team to advance to the semifinals of the Alaska Airlines Classic boys basketball tournament Thursday at West High.

Thunder Mountain upended defending state champion Dimond 48-35 in first-round play in the eight-team tournament.

Service came close to joining the Juneau team in the finals -- the Cougars lost an 88-85 shootout against Hoover High of Alabama.

In other games, Northwood High of Louisiana held off West 61-52 and Sagemont High of Florida trounced Eagle River 73-39.


Hoover 88, Service 85

Quamauri Hardy hit four 3-pointers and Brannon Defore and Michael Wresneth each drilled three to lead Hoover past Service.

The Alabamans netted 13 of 26 shots from 3-point range to outgun Service, which was 5 of 15 from 3-point range.

Hardy's 19 points led the winners, but scoring honors went to Service's Marques Robinson, who pumped in 25 points. Adam Klie posted a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars.


Sagemont 73, Eagle River 39

Sagemont didn't get to Anchorage until late afternoon after a long trip to Alaska, but the Floridians were fresh enough to trounce Eagle River 73-39.

Egor Koulechov's 22 points and Joe Kirby's 18 led Sagemont. Nicholas Montgomery scored nine and Eric Roberts and Hunter Hill each added eight for Eagle River.


Northwood 61, West 52

Northwood led big early against West, taking a 37-20 lead into halftime and leading by as much as 20 in the second half before West put together a late run.

Northwood's Martavious Washington led all scorers with 18 points, Angelo Robert pumped in 14 and Terrance Walker nailed 6 of 8 field goal attempts to finish with 13 for the Falcons.

Joe Riley notched 14 points on 6 of 10 shooting to pace West, with Theo Oghide pitching in 10 and Deandre Wilson scoring nine for the Eagles.


Thunder Mountain 48, Dimond 35

Thunder Mountain held defending Class 4A state champion Dimond to less than 10 points in each of the first three quarters and outshot the Lynx 57.6 percent to 26.8 percent.

Thunder Mountain's Sam Jahn hit 10 of 13 field-goal attempts and recorded game highs with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Matt Seymore contributed 12 points and six rebounds for the Falcons.

Damon Cikanek, one of five Dimond players to score, hit all eight of his free-throw attempts and led the Lynx with 17 points.





Mount St. Elias Classic

Three Klawock boys hit double figures in points to lead their team past Cook Inlet Academy 60-24 Thursday inthe Mount St. Elias Classic in Yakutatr.

Tyrus Morgan led the way with 15 points, Sam Rew added 14 and Josh Marvin-Looney 11 for the winners.

In girls action, Klawock beat CIA 53-24 behind Cassi Williams' game-high 18 points.

Tonya Busse chipping in 11 for the Chieftans. Nicole Moffis led CIA with eight points.



Wasilla 57, Chugiak 28

Kyla Dinkel chalked up a double-double and Savanna Burke came close to one Thursday in Wasilla’s 57-28 nonconference win over Chugiak.

Dinkel finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds, while Burke tallied eight points and 10 rebounds. Alexis Imoe led all scorers with 22 points for the Warriors.

Chugiak nearly got a double-double from Andre Samaniego, who accumulated nine points and nine rebounds.