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ACS girls, Barrow boys take titles at ACS Invitational basketball tournament

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 5
  • Published January 4

A half-dozen schools at the Rally the Region Hardwood Classic spelled out “Alaska” by designing letters depicting unique features of their communities. The schools, from left to right, are Petersburg, Cordova, Chevak, Tanalian, Unalakleet, Unalaska and Wrangell. (Photo by Alysa Horn)

The Anchorage Christian girls capped a week of dominance and the Barrow boys came from behind to deny a Lions sweep Saturday in the championship games of the ACS Invitational.

The ACS girls took a commanding 92-65 win over Astoria, Oregon. and the Barrow boys came on strong in the final quarter to beat the ACS boys 55-50.

The boys game was a battle between the last two Class 3A state champions -- ACS won in 2019, Barrow in 2018. The Whalers trailed by seven points after one quarter and by one point after three quarters, but prevailed by outscoring ACS 19-13 in the fourth quarter.

Anthony Fruan racked up 16 points and 13 rebounds and Timothy Gerke added 10 points for Barrow, which outrebounded the Lions 38-22. Daekwon Houston led ACS with 23 points.

In the girls championship game, ACS broke away from a first-quarter tie to breeze to its third romp in as many games. The Lions outscored their three opponents 242-118.

Sayvia Sellers (13 points, 11 rebounds) and Adara Powell (12 points, 12 rebounds) provided double-doubles, Sunny Pedebone scored a game-high 26 points and Destiny Reimers added 17 points for the Lions. Halie Heimersen drilled five triples to lead Astoria with 24 points.

MVP honors in the 16-team tournament went to ACS’s Mikaila Pickard and Barrow’s Brenden Matthews.

In Saturday’s championship games at the 12-team Rally the Regions Hardwood Classic at Dimond High, Unalaska edged Unalakleet 51-43 for the girls title and Petersburg rolled past Cordova 54-35 for the boys title.

Rylan Wallace led Petersburg’s balanced scoring attack with 13 points. Thomas Durkin and Mattias Volk added 10 points apiece.

In the girls finale, Unalaska didn’t lead until Kayla Villamor scored with 25 seconds left in regulation. Jewel Wilson answered with a free throw for Unalakleet to send the game to overtime.

Villamor took control in the extra period by scoring her team’s first six points. She finished with a game-high 21 points.

ACS Denali Auto Glass/Pepsi Invitational

Saturday’s results


Barrow 55, ACS 50 (championship)

Eielson 69, Kenai 63 (3rd place)

Point Hope 71, Homer 66 (4th place)

Bethel 79, Kotzebue 24 (7th place)


ACS 92, Astoria 65 (championship)

Barrow 81, Eielson 56 (3rd place)

Kotzebue 40, Bethel 33 (4th place)

Kenai 39, Point Hope 18 (7th place)

Rally the Regions Hardwood Classic

Saturday’s results


Cordova vs. Petersburg, late (championship)

Tanalian 70, Chevak 19

Tanalian: Isaac Fowler 16. Chevak: Cedric Imgalrea 12.

Unalakleet 77, Unalaska 70

Unalakleet: Michael Haugen 28, Cody Ivanoff 24. Unalaska: Herwin Riodil 18.


Unalaska 51, Unalakleet 43 (championship)

Hooper Bay 35, Petersburg 25

Hooper Bay: Mary Long 11. Petersburg: Adrianna Stough 8.

Tanalian 61, Wrangell 57

Tanalian: Katelyn Johnson 22. Wrangell: Kaylyn Easterly 23.

All-tournament teams


Jewel Wilson, Unalakleet

Megyn Parker, Petersburg

Kaia Beebe, Tanalian

Kiara Harrison, Wrangell

Kaylyn Esterly, Wrangell


Christian Adams, Cordova

Caleb Alsworth, Tanalian

Larry Wilson, Unalakleet

Keegan Estest, Cordova

Thomas Durkin, Petersburg