Led by a pair of freshmen who make the future look bright in Barrow, the Whalers won their second straight game at the T-bird Classic at East High on Friday.
Kamaka Hepa continued to impress and Travis Adams was poised and polished in a 78-70 win over Juneau.
Hepa, a versatile 6-foot-7, and Adams, a 5-9 point guard, played all 32 minutes for the Whalers. Hepa racked up 32 points, nine rebounds and four assists and Adams furnished eight assists and five steals.
If the two look like they've done this before, it's because they have.
"We've been playing together since elementary school," said Hepa, who scored 24 points and nine rebounds in 20 minute of play in a Thursday victory over Kodiak.
Hepa, who is already gaining notice from college basketball analysts, hit 10 of 14 field goals -- including all four of his shots from 3-point range -- and 8 of 11 free throws.
His self-evaluation? "I could've shot the ball better."
The game was close throughout and was tied 54-54 going into the fourth quarter.
Sione Tuai added 20 points and six rebounds for Barrow. John Yadao topped Juneau with 17 and Kaleb Tompkins and Adam Empson added 12 apiece.
The round-robin tournament concludes Saturday with four games, including a 6 p.m. marquee matchup between Barrow and East. Hepa said he's looking forward to the game.
"They looked pretty good last night," he said. "It should be a good game."
East played well again Friday in a 75-43 thumping of Kodiak. Marquis White delivered his second double-double in as many games with 13 points and 11 rebounds while also handing out six assists.
East, which led 40-23 at the half, was on fire from 3-point range. The T-birds buried 15 of 37 treys, an effort led by Alex Canete Hall (5 of 10 from long range) and Louis Bonner (4 of 9). Hall finished with 21 points and Bonner had 20 points to go with five steals.
The T-birds shot 41.7 percent for the game and racked up 19 steals.
Kodiak, which was held back by 30 turnovers, got a game-high 24 points from Jemuel Mangalus.
In girls action at East, Kodiak survived a long delay in its game with Eagle River to win 51-14 and East pummeled Service 76-23.
The Kodiak-Eagle River game was delayed by more than an hour by an afternoon bomb threat at East High. The gym was evacuated but tournament action resumed after police deemed the building safe.
Dannika Catt's 14 points and Kahye Yu's 11 rebounds propelled Kodiak, which limited Eagle River to two points in the first half. The Bears recorded 22 steals, with seven coming from Kristhel Fangonilo.
Lauryn Green scored eight points to lead Eagle River.
In East's win over Service, Kalolaine Uhila ripped down 15 rebounds and blocked four shots and Octavia Hines poured in 19 points and swiped the ball five times.
Four other T-birds had four steals apiece for East, which forced many of Service's 45 turnovers and held the Cougars to seven points in the second half.
Katie Pearce had a team-high six points and Hailey Chavez gathered eight rebounds for Service.
GRACE GRIZZLY CLASSIC
Galena 50, Bethel 38
Romay Harris dropped in 24 points, including six in the pivotal second quarter, to lead Galena past Bethel 50-38.
The Hawks, who led by two points after the first quarter, broke open the game by outscoring Bethel 16-6 in the second quarter for a 30-18 halftime lead.
Sarah Buchanan added 11 points for Galena. Bethel was led by Haley O'Brien's 14 points.
Grace 50, Delta 8
Nine players reached the scoring column for the Grace Christian girls in a 50-8 triumph over Delta.
Hayley Hagen (14 points) and Annie Vanderweide (13) led the scoring attackm, with Vanderweide netting three 3-pointers.
Shana Wilburn and Ninie Powers each scored four points for Delta.
Grace 71, Delta 38
Trevor Osborne and Tobin Karlberg combined for 42 points Friday in Grace Christian's 71-38 rout of the Delta boys.
Osborne sank three treys on his way to 22 points and Karlberg dropped in 14 of his 20 points in the second half. Ryan Sheldon added 12 points for Grace.
Delta got nine points apiece from Martese Blankenship and Micah Helken.
Galena 60, Mt. Edgecumbe 55
Trenton Ambrose scored 16 of his 27 points in the third quarter to help Galena withstand Mt. Edgecumbe's fourth-quarter comeback in a 60-55 win.
Ambrose drained five 3-pointers, including four in the third quarter when the Hawks outscored Mt. Edgecumbe 18-12 for a 10-point lead. The Braves battled back, outscoring Galena 21-15 in the final period.
Evan Buchanan and Anthony Sam each scored nine points for Galena, with Sam getting all of his points on 3-pointers.
Skye Shipton tossed in 22 points -- eight in the fourth quarter -- to spark Bethel. Bobby Pate chipped in 12.
Service 80, Chugiak 38
Four players scored in double figures Friday in Service's 80-38 romp over Chugiak in the Cougar Tip-Off tournament at Service High.
Eben Upton hit three treys en route to a game-high 20 points for the Cougars, who led 20-10 after one quarter. Pindo Drammeh contributed 18 points, Brad Wacker had 16 and Nathan Fromm 15.
Zach Philbrick led the way for Chugiak with 18 points.
Bethel 49, Eagle River 32
Corey LePore's 19 points and Taylor Hoffman's 16 boosted Bethel to a 49-32 win over Eagle River in Friday's early game at Service.
Hoffman drained three 3-pointers in the second quarter to lift the Warriors to a 24-15 halftime lead. LePore scored eight points in the fourth quarter to cement the win.
Justin Patin scored 13 and R.J. Dirscherl added 12 to lead Eagle River.
Basketball tournament schedules
East T-bird Classic
Noon -— Eagle River vs. Service
4 p.m. — East vs. Kodiak
2 p.m. — Juneau vs. Kodiak
6 p.m. — East vs. Barrow
Grace Basketball Classic
Grace Christian School
11 a.m. — Bethel vs. Delta
2:30 p.m. — Grace vs. Galena
12:45 p.m. — Delta vs. Mt. Edgecumbe
4:15 p.m. — Grace vs. Galena
2 p.m. — Chugiak vs. Eagle River
4 p.m. — Service vs. Bethel
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