Narrow wins the norm at Alaska Prep Shootout

The Alaska Prep Shootout delivered plenty of drama during Thursday’s first round at Dimond High.

Juneau, Bartlett and Palmer all survived close calls to claim semifinal spots in the eight-team boys basketball tournament.

Juneau outlasted defending state champion Dimond 62-59. Bartlett eked out a 51-50 overtime win over Soldotna and Palmer withstood a late rally by Grace Christian 52-49.

Chugiak posted the day’s only double-digit victory, disposing of Ketchikan 62-47.


Palmer 52, Grace 49

Connor Looney of Palmer and Hans Karlberg of Grace Christian turned the Shootout into a real shootout, with Karlberg winning the scoring duel but Looney’s team winning the game.

Looney poured in 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Palmer past the Grizzlies 53-49. Karlsberg finished with 30 points.

After the teams battled to a 12-12 tie after one quarter, Palmer seemingly took command in the second quarter by outscoring the Grizzlies 19-2 for a 31-14 halftime lead. But Grace Christian made things close at the end with a 23-8 fourth quarter.

Kyle Markel contributed 10 rebounds for Grace, while Brian Selmer’s 11-point, 11-rebound game helped the Moose take a 40-27 rebounding edge.


Juneau 62, Dimond 59

Juneau outshot and outrebounded defending state champion Dimond in a narrow 62-59 win.

The Crimson Bears hit 54.6 percent of their shots from the field, an effort led by Aquino Brinson’s 7 of 9 effort. Brinson netted a team-high 15 points. Keith Ainsworth added 14 and Jackson Lehnhart 10.

Dimond managed to connect on 38.8 percent of its shots and lost the battle on the boards 33-26.

Damon Cikanek poured in 23 points for the Lynx, who trailed 42-31 going into the final quarter.


Bartlett 51, Soldotna 50 OT

Bartlett’s 51-50 overtime win over Soldotna included 11 lead changes and a double-double from Iziah Sherman-Newsome. 

Sherman-Newsome led Bartlett with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and B.J. McKoy hit 6 of 7 field-goal attempts on his way to 12 points. Bradley Johnson flirted with a double-double for the Golden Bears, recording eight points and nine rebounds.

Bartlett led by five at halftime, but Soldotna battled back to tie it at 45-45 at the end of regulation. 

Soldotna’s Cory Carver led all scorers with 22 points and added four steals. Colton Young notched 10 points and a team-high three assists for the Stars. 


Chugiak 62, Ketchikan 47

Skyler Fullmer’s 25 points and 12 rebounds powered Chugiak’s win and Payton Fullmer hit three 3-pointers to finish with 17 points in Chugiak’s 62-47 win over Ketchikan. 

Chugiak, which also got 13 points from Roger Jorgensen, led 16-9 after one quarter and outscored Ketchikan in each quarter. 

Ketchikan’s Malik Almenzor bagged 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting and tossed in a game-high four steals.





Wasilla 75, West 50

Kyla Dinkel and Alisha Devine each came within one rebound of a double-double in Wasilla’s 75-50 girls basketball win over West in a nonconference game Thursday in Wasilla.

Dinkel finished with 18 points and nine rebounds, Devine with 17 points and nine rebounds. Alexis Imoe chipped in a game-high 21 points.

The Warriors raced to a 20-4 lead in the first quarter and were never threatened by a West team that committed 32 turnovers.

Marshala Eady and CeCe Cockerham each scored 10 points for West, with Cockerham adding a team-high seven rebounds.


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