ACS 88, Service 87 OT
Anchorage Christian hit its free throws in overtime Friday night to take a thrilling 88-87 win over Service in the Cougar Tip Off Classic at Service High.
The Lions, led by Sylvanus Edi's 4-of-4 effort at the line, sank eight of 10 free throws in the extra period to outscore Service 10-9.
Edi finished with 12 points. Brett Dickerson led the way with 26 points for ACS, which got 17 from Collin Smallwood and 16 from Danilo Guzman.
Nathan Fromm led a group of five double-figure scorers for Service with 20 points.
The tournament wraps up Saturday with a 4 p.m. game between Service and Wasilla.
The West Eagles and Ketchikan Kings will meet in Saturday night's championship game of the O'Brady's Invitational at South High.
Both survived close games in Friday's semifinal round. West held off Bartlett 70-63 and Ketchikan tripped South 71-66.
West got double-doubles from Noah Christy (14 points, 13 rebounds) and Ayuel Dak (13 points, 11 rebounds). Bartlett's Mareng Gatkuoth racked up 17 points and 11 rebounds.
In the late game, Marcus Lee pumped in 29 points and Brent Taylor added 22 to power Ketchikan. Lian Lincoln dropped in 22 points for South.
In consolation-bracket games, East and West Valley picked up wins, with East topping Kenai Central 69-59 and West Valley beating Kotzebue 46-36.
For East, Trey Huckabay chalked up 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Luke Beiser sparked Kenai with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
West Valley's Jaden Whiteside was good for 14 points and seven rebounds, which helped the Wolfpack survive a 17-point, nine-rebound game from Bish Gallahorn.
2 p.m. — Kenai Central vs. Kotzebue
3:45 p.m. — East vs. West Valley
5:45 p.m. — South vs. Bartlett
7:30 p.m. — West vs. Ketchikan
Palmer Elks Showdown
Shemah Yisrael poured in 20 points to lead the Bartlett girls past Palmer 44-34.
In the other girls game, Juneau stopped Grace Christian 43-34. Annie VanderWeide's 11 points for Grace led all scorers.
In boys action, Palmer turned back Soldotna 44-34 and Juneau beat Houston 75-49.
Lumen teams go 1-2
King Cove's Ian Samuelson buried eight 3-pointers in a 40-point performance that beat the Lumen Christi boys basketball team Friday in Anchorage.
Samuelson's big game sent the Archangels to a 79-43 loss. Senior Chiebuka Lebechi supplied a career-high 19 points for Lumen Christi.
King Cove made it a sweep by riding a big fourth quarter past the Lumen Christi girls 67-38. The Kings outscored the Archangels 25-3 in the final quarter.
King Cove's Elaina Mack and Lumen's Chiamaka Lebecki each scored 16 points.
The game was the second of the day for the Archangels, who used balanced scoring to take down Northway 48-18. Maeve Bakic provided 10 points and Sophia Dupras and Lebechi both netted eight for Lumen, and Mikayla Demit dropped in 10 for Northway.
Lumen girls play Ninilchik at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and the boys face Kodiak ESSS at 6 p.m.