All five starters are back for defending Class 1A state champion Klawock. That experienced showed Monday when the Chieftains rolled past Fort Yukon 65-38 to secure a spot in the semifinals against Shaktoolik.
Tuesday's other semifinal will feature Toksook Bay and Seldovia. Toksook Bay cruised 79-57 over Wainwright on Monday, while Seldovia earned a 55-47 victory over Yakutat.
Shaktoolik beat New Stuyahok 60-47 in the late game.
Klawock isn't rattled by Sullivan Arena's big stage, said senior Matthew Peters, who led all scorers with 25 points and 13 rebounds.
"We're not all star gazing," he said.
Klawock led by 16 points at halftime and put the game out of reach by the end of the third quarter, building a 50-26 advantage.
"We took any thought of winning away from them right off the bat," Peters said of Klawock's second-half start.
Tyrus Morgan put an exclamation point on Klawock's dominance with a two-handed dunk midway through the fourth quarter. Morgan racked 16 rebounds and 20 points and was the second Chieftain to record a double-double.
Franklin Carroll led all Fort Yukon players with 15 points. Jerry Carroll hauled in 16 rebounds for the Eagles, who got 10 rebounds from Aaron Solomon.
Klawock made more than 43 percent of its field goals -- more than doubling For Yukon's 20.8 shooting percentage.
Solid defense and working as one unit are key if Klawock wants a chance to defend its state title, senior Sam Rew said.
"When we play as a team, things click," he said.
But the Chieftains can't look past the semifinals, Peters said.
"We're confident, but we don't take any team for granted," he said.
Toksook Bay 79, Wainwright 57
Toksook Bay racked up 22 fourth-quarter points to stamp a decisive 79-57 win over Wainwright.
Toksook senior Matthew Pitka led all players with 23 points, 15 of which came from beyond the arc.
Pitka also hauled in 10 rebounds and was one of three Islanders with double-doubles. Isaiah Pitka (18 points, 10 rebounds) and John Chakuchin (13 points, 10 rebounds) also had double-doubles. Byron Nicholai (12 points) was Toksook Bay's fourth player in double digits.
Burton Nayakik's 22 points led Wainwright, which also got 16 points from Christian Sarren.
If the Islanders, who shot better than 40 percent from the field, want a shot at the title, they'll have to elevate their game against Seldovia in Tuesday's semifinal, Matthew Pitka said.
"We've got to step it up to another level," he said. "Play like it's our last game."
Matthew Pitka will be the lone senior in that game.
Underclassmen make up three-fourths of Toksook's roster and none of Seldovia's eight players are seniors. Despite their youth, the Islanders have state experience, finishing 1-2 last year.
A strong defensive effort is essential if Toksook Bay wants to play in Wednesday's championship, Matthew Pitka said.
"Defense wins games," he said.
Seldovia 55, Yakutat 47
Aidan Philpot pumped in 27 points to lead Seldovia past Yakutat 55-47. Calem Collier added 12 points for the Sea Otters.
Seldovia held a two-point lead going into the fourth quarter, where it outscored Yakutat 17-11.
Kalani Russell scored 16 points to pace the Eagles, who had three players in double figures. Billy Brown added 14 points and Josh James chipped in 12 for
Shaktoolik 60, New Stuyahok 47
Shaktoolik outscored New Stuyahok 17-9 in the final eight minutes to pull away with a 60-47 win.
Veron Rock led Shaktoolik with 21 points and 20 rebounds. Alex Sampson also had a double-double (13 points, 12 rebounds) for the Wolverines, who got 16 points from Everson Paniptchuk. Twenty-seven of Shaktoolik's points came off turnovers.
Darren Hanson's 20 points led New Stuyahok. Joseph Kohler added 11 points for the Eagles.
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By MIKE NESPER