An early version of this story had incorrect times for Friday night's semifinals. ACS plays Mt. Edgecumbe at 7 p.m. and Monroe meets Bethel at 8:45 p.m.
Anchorage Christian and Monroe Catholic, teams that have battled in the last two Class 3A state championship games, are on track for a third straight showdown after cruising to first-round tournament victories Thursday at Sullivan Arena.
In their way are formidable opponents -- Mt. Edgecumbe for ACS, and Bethel for Monroe. ACS will play in Friday's 8:45 p.m. semifinal game, and Monroe meets Bethel at 7 p.m.
In its 68-48 romp over Nome, ACS showed that even while blessed with the considerable talent of two-time Player of the Year Gus Simmers, it is by no means a one-man show.
Simmers, a 6-foot-4 senior who contributed nine points and five rebounds, was the Lions' fourth-leading scorer.
Jalen Terry led ACS, the 2011 state champion and the 2012 runner-up, with 21 points on 9 of 15 shooting. He also handed out three assists.
Immanuel Lopez (12 points) and Nathan Simmers (10) each netted a pair of 3-pointers for the Lions, who connected on 25 of 58 shots.
Calvin Hoffman turned in a solid all-around effort -- seven points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals. ACS stole the ball a dozen times.
Dominique Hall piled up 19 points and five rebounds for Nome, which also got nine points apiece from Tyler Eide and Cass Mattheis.
Mt. Edgecumbe 68, Valdez 46
John Peterson, a senior from Golovin, poured in 31 points in Mt. Edgecumbe's 68-46 pounding of Valdez.
Peterson drained four of eight shots from 3-point range in a 9-of-12 shooting performance. He added four rebounds and had three of 10 steals amassed by the Sitka boarding school.
Mt. Edgecumbe piled up 25 points off 18 Valdez turnovers. Ryan Morgan of Aniak had three steals to go along with 16 points and seven rebounds for the Braves, and Leo Ford of Hooper Bay added 10 points.
Levi Auble's 18 points and seven rebounds topped Valdez. Jacob Perez netted 14 points and Caj Roher scored 10.
Monroe 50, Grace 29
Monroe Catholic destroyed Grace Christian with depth and deadly shooting in a 50-29 rout.
Monroe got more than half its points -- 26 -- from its bench. Nine players scored and seven collected rebounds.
Jalon McCullough knocked down five of 10 shots from behind the 3-point line to lead the Rams with 21 points.
As a team, Monroe buried 11 of 23 3-point attempts. Scooter Bynum hit 3 of 4 on his way to 11 points.
Trevor Osborne's nine points and Kyle Markel's nine rebounds led the Grizzlies.
Bethel 42, Seward 32
Theodore Naneng racked 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists in Bethel's 42-32 win over Seward.
It was a five-point game midway through the half before Bethel decided things with a 9-4 run in the final three minutes.
Brett Smith made all five of his shots to add 10 points for Bethel.
Seward got a lift from Matthew Moore's 13 points and Jon Thomassen's eight rebounds.
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