ACS boys, Barrow girls capture basketball titles

Anchorage Christian and Barrow each celebrated a championship Saturday night at ACS.

Both schools advanced both of their teams to the title games of the 16-team ACS Lime Solar/Pepsi basketball tournament, and both schools left the gym with a champion.

In the girls game, Barrow beat ACS 45-28. In the boys game, ACS beat Barrow 70-67.

Both Barrow teams were playing their sixth road game in six days, and the boys were playing their ninth in a 17-day stretch that included two trips between Barrow and Anchorage.

In the third-place games, the Palmer girls used a big second quarter and the Bethel boys used a big fourth quarter to triumph. The Moose knocked off the Point Hope girls 70-44, and Bethel held off the Sitka boys 78-69.

In earlier action, the Valdez girls and Kotzebue boys posted victories in the fourth-place games, and the Bethel girls and Valdez boys won the seventh-place games.


ACS 70, Barrow 67 (1st place)

Getting a spark from the foul line and the 3-point line, Anchorage Christian edged Barrow 70-67 in the championship game.

The Lions drilled 10 treys -- four from the aptly-named Trey Huckabay -- and sank 16 of their 20 free throws.

Barrow finished with six 3-pointers and was 5 of 12 from the line.

Huckabay netted a game-high 22 points and was joined in double figures by three teammates -- Levi Auble (18 points), Bobby Wilson (16) and Randy Kohutek (12).

Auble delivered 15 points in the first half to lift ACS to a 42-32 halftime lead. Barrow won the second half 35-28 but wasn't able to catch the Lions.

Four of the Whalers landed in double figures -- Kevin Goodwin (16 points), Travis Adams (15), Makana Kanayurak (13) and Kamaka Hepa (10).

Bethel 78, Sitka 69 (3rd place)

Bethel's balanced scoring prevailed over a huge game from Sitka's Tevin Bayne in the third-place game.

Five players landed in double figures to lead the Warriors to third place with a 78-69 win.

Bayne pumped in 35 points, draining three treys and eight of 10 free throws and accounting for half of Sitka's 24 field goals.

Taylor Hoffman led Bethel's offensive attack with 17 points. Clevon Constantine contributed 13, Cory LePore added 12, and Peyton Corbett and Steven Glasheen had 11 apiece.

The game was close through three quarters. Ahead 56-52 going into the fourth quarter, Bethel sealed the victory by hitting nine of 14 free throws. Hoffman came through with 12 points in the fourth quarter, half of them from the foul line.

Kotzebue 53, Kodiak 39 (4th place)

Bish Gallahorn dropped in 19 points and Evan Reich added 12 to lead Kotzebue to a 53-39 win over Kodiak in the fourth-place game.

Jemuel Mangalus and Max Mutch scored 10 apiece for Kodiak.

Valdez 61, Point Hope 53 (7th place)

Valdez outscored Point Hope by 10 points in the fourth quarter to rally past Point Hope 61-53 and send the Harpooners home winless in three tournament games.

Seth Auble's 20 points and Stewart Shaw's 15 powered the Buccaneers. Seven of Auble's points came in the final quarter, when Valdez roared back from a 49-47 deficit to claim seventh place in the tournament.

Point Hope's Daniel Sage led all scorers with 23. Teammate Al Lane added 15.


Barrow 45, ACS 28 (1st place)

The Barrow girls rode Rose Mongoyak's 15 points to victory in the championship game.

The Whalers overcame a slow start to take a 45-28 win over host Anchorage Christian. Barrow led 7-3 after the first quarter and then got hot in the second quarter to grab a 22-9 halftime lead.

Seven others provided points for Barrow. ACS couldn't buy a bucket, from the floor or the foul line. The Lions managed 10 field goals and were 7 of 23 from the free throw line.

Raven Thibodeaux and Amir Williams each scored eight ponts for ACS.

Palmer 70, Point Hope 44 (3rd place)

Kiana Till poured in 22 points to carry Palmer to third place with a 70-44 triumph over Point Hope.

Till scored eight of her points in the second quarter, when Palmer outscored the Harpooners 21-12, to help boost the Moose to a 37-23 halftime lead.

A dozen players scored for Palmer, including Peyton Murphy, who furnished 11 points.

Point Hope, which missed 19 free throws, got a team-high 17 points from Jordyn Lane.

Valdez 49, Kotzebue 36 (4th place)

Valdez took care of business early, racing to a 17-0 first-quarter lead en route to a 49-36 victory that secured fourth place for the Buccaneers.

Marian Wamsley pumped in 12 points in the first quarter and finished with a game-high 19 for Valdez. Veronica Hursh added 10 points.

Kotzebue was led by Caitlin Conwell (11 points), Cassidy Kramer (10) and Payton Schaeffer (9).

Bethel 43, Nome 19 (7th place)

Bethel overwhelmed Nome 43-19 to grab seventh place.

The Warriors got points from eight players, a balanced scoring attack led by Courtney Williams' 11 points.

Bethel led 5-2 after a listless first quarter but got untracked in the second quarter to secure a 21-4 halftime lead. Haley O'Brien's six points helped fuel the Warriors that quarter.

Ivory Okleasik and Rayne Lie combined for 11 of Nome's points.