Trinity International captured the championship of the Alaska Airlines Classic on Saturday night despite a stunning performance from Dimond senior Isaiah Moses.
Moses pumped in 42 points but it was Daishen Nix and the Thunder who prevailed in the championship game at West High, 70-63.
Nix, a five-star senior who is headed to UCLA next school year, scored 21 points for Trinity, which outscored Dimond 20-14 in the fourth quarter. Teammates Jackson Pillich and Jan Njock added 19 and 16, respectively.
But the star of the night was Moses, a 6-foot guard headed for UAA. He played all 32 minutes and averaged one shot per minute, netting his points on 16-of-32 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 shooting from the line.
Moses finished as the tournament scoring leader with 90 points in three games.
Saturday’s earlier games featured big games from from big-time scorers, although none matched Moses’ effort.
In the game for third place, 6-foot-9 senior Jalen Haynes racked up 19 points and 18 rebounds to carry the Dillard Panthers of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, past the West Eagles 61-48.
In the game for fourth place, 6-2 junior Hasaan Herrington wrapped up a stellar week by pouring in 23 points to help the T-birds beat Barrow 80-51.
And in the seventh-place game, Colony’s Patrick McMahon and Juneau’s Cooper Kriegmont both pumped in 25 points, with McMahon and the Knights getting the win, 73-46.
In the late game, Dimond met Trinity International for the championship.
Haynes, who helped Dillard outrebound West 41-29, finished the tournament with 70 points in three games, including 34 in a first-round win over East.
Herrington scored 74 points in his three games, including a tournament-high 35 in the game against Dillard.
Kriegmont finished the tournament with 77 points, and McMahon finished with 59.
Alaska Airlines Classic
Championship — Dimond vs. Trinity, late
3rd place — Dillard 61, West 48
4th place — East 80, Barrow 51
7th place — Colony 73, Juneau 46