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Service, Monroe advance to final

The Service and Monroe Catholic boys basketball teams, two squads familiar with championship games, will face off in Saturday's title game in the Cougar Tipoff at Service High.

Defending Class 3A state champion Monroe pummelled Eagle River 60-34 in a Friday semifinal, and Service used a big second quarter to knock out Palmer 69-51 in the other semifinal.

In consolation action, Thunder Mountain dominated Seward 67-33 and Ketchikan slipped past Houston 55-45.

Service, which finished runner-up in the Class 4A state tournament last season, trailed 17-13 after a quarter, but Adam Klie scored 12 of his 17 points in the second quarter to spark a 25-11 run for the Cougars.

Service's Amu Aukusitino led all scorers with 19 points, and Brian Selmer led Palmer with 11.

Monroe's win was never in doubt. The Rams bolted to a 38-14 halftime lead and cruised in the second half. Eleven players scored for Monroe, led by 15 points from David Stepovich and 10 from Tyler Wells.

Daniel Dirscherl and Isaiah Banks each scored eight for Eagle River.

Sam Jahn's 19 points led the way in Thunder Mountain's win over Seward. Matt Seymour pumped in 18 points for the Falcons, who started on a 22-6 first-quarter run.

Jeff Buchanan dropped in 10 points to lead Seward.

Three players reached double-figure point totals to pace Ketchikan's victory.

Kable Lervick, Erwin Malabanan and Malik Almenzor each racked 10 points for the Kings, who trailed 23-20 at halftime. Malabanan scored eight in the third quarter to spark an 18-8 run for the Kings.

Matt Barron topped Houston scorers with 14 points.

Dimond 48, Colony 44

Dimond's Payton Lauwers turned in a hot shooting performance Friday, and the Lynx escaped with a 48-44 nonconference boys basketball win over host Colony.

Lauwers scored 20 points on 8 of 11 shooting, adding five rebounds and five steals. The Lynx led by a point at halftime and outscored Colony 11-8 in the final quarter. Austin Torrance and Stanson Afoa each hauled in seven rebounds for the Lynx.

Joe Gray hit three 3-pointers on his way to 15 points for Colony, and Hunter Eisenhower chipped in 11. Antonio Bush pulled in a game-high 10 rebounds.

West 66, Juneau 29

West's I.K. Oglibe generated 14 points to lead the Eagles to a 66-29 nonconference boys basketball win over host Juneau.

Deandre Wilson tossed in 10 points for the Eagles, who will face Juneau again Saturday.