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In a Classic finish, Trinity beats Dimond despite 42 points from Isaiah Moses

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 26
  • Published January 25

Trinity International's Daishen Nix, right, drives past Dimond's Aidan Ivanoff in the championship game of the Alaska Airlines Classic on January 25, 2020. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)

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.

Dimond's Isaiah Moses pushes the ball up the floor in the Alaska Airlines Classic championship game on January 25, 2020. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)

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