The Barrow boys used the 1-2 scoring punch of Anthony Fruan and Jefferson Nobleza to take down Kenai Central 72-64 Thursday during first-round action at a 16-team high school basketball tournament at Anchorage Christian.
Fruan scored 26 points and Nobleza had 25, but neither earned scoring honors for the game – that distinction went to Kenai’s Evan Stockton, who poured in 28 points.
Also taking first-round wins among the boys were Valdez, which pummeled First Christian Academy of Florida 59-13, and Eielson, which stopped Soldotna 59-48. ACS met Hutchison in the late game.
In girls action, the first three games produced blowouts. Nikiski routed First Christian Academy of Florida 54-10, Kenai Central tripped Kotzebue 52-27, Barrow crushed Eielson 86-26 and ACS trounced Hutchison 78-26.
ACS’s Destiny Reimer was the day’s leading scorer with 23 points. She added 11 rebounds to give the Lions a pair of players with double-doubles -- Jordan Todd finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The ACS Denali Auto Glass/Pepsi Invitational continues Friday with eight games. The first game tips off at 9 a.m.
Nikiski 54, First Christian (Florida) 10
Kenai 52, Kotzebue 27
Barrow 86, Eielson 26
ACS 78, Hutchison 26
Valdez 59, First Christian (Florida) 13
Barrow 72, Kenai 64
Eielson 59, Soldotna 48
ACS vs. Hutchison, late
10:30 a.m. — Kenai vs. First Christian
1:30 p.m. — Soldotna vs. Hutchison
4 p.m. — Nikiski vs. Kenai (semifinal)
7 p.m. — Barrow vs. ACS (semifinal)
9 a.m. — Kotzebue vs. First Christian
Noon — Eielson vs. ACS-Hutchison loser
5:30 p.m. — Valdez vs. Barrow (semifinal)
8:30 p.m. — Eielson vs. ACS (semifinal)