Zack Jenkins and Xavier Hadjukovich hit their free throws in overtime Tuesday to help the Dimond Lynx remain undefeated with a 59-57 boys basketball victory over the Service Cougars.
The game was tied 49-49 after regulation, and the foul line seemed an unlikely place for the Lynx to flourish in overtime. They had hit four of 11 free throws through four quarters but were 5 of 6 in overtime.
Dimond moved to 5-0 in the Cook Inlet Conference, while Service fell to 1-4. The Lynx share first place with the East Thunderbirds, who defeated the West Eagles 64-51.
In other boys games, South defeated Bartlett 59-42 and Chugiak turned back Eagle River 56-43 to claim the rivalry’s Birchwood Bowl traveling trophy.
In girls games, Bartlett raced past South 57-26 to remain undefeated; Dimond blasted Service 61-18; West nipped East 53-48 and Chugiak roared past Eagle River 52-19.
The game of the night was the thriller between Dimond and Service. The Lynx eked out a 10-8 advantage in overtime thanks to clutch shooting from Jenkins, who was 1 of 3 from the line during regulation, and Hadjukovich, who was scoreless entering the extra period. Hadjukovich hit both of his free throws and Jenkins hit 3 of 4 to finish with six points.
Luke Johnston’s team-high 16 points for Dimond included a 3-pointer in overtime. He was joined in double figures by teammates Bledi Lena (13), Caleb Francisco-Dobbins (12, including a basket in overtime) and McGuire Hemry (10).
Service was led by Ron Childress and Dylan Westlake, who both dropped in 17 points.
In East’s win over West, a trio of T-birds hit double figures — Hasaan Herrington (15 points), Jayden Voliva (13) and Elijah Reed (11). West, which trailed 34-25 at the half, got 13 points from Traivar Jackson and 12 apiece from Willie Zamora and Chance Sahr.
Aidan Ohlson tossed in 17 points and Reece Ivanoff added 12 to spark South’s win over Bartlett. Bishop Tosi supplied 12 points, eight blocks and seven rebounds for the Golden Bears.
Chugiak used Morgan Grant’s 14 points in the first half and a big third quarter to dispatch Eagle River. The Mustangs led 28-19 at halftime and padded their lead with a 15-6 third quarter.
In girls action, West pulled away from East after trailing by two at the half. Juliette Adlawson scored nine of her team-high 14 points in a third quarter that saw the Eagles outscore East 22-11.
Neolani Quitugua-Banks added 13 points and Jordan Zackery had 11 for West. Nyathiel Wal scored 15 points and Angel Ioane had 12 for East.
The Bartlett Golden Bears won their fifth straight game behind Amelia ‘Uhila’s fifth straight double-double, a performance that included 21 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and five assists. Alapese Matautia was also a force for Bartlett with 14 points and seven rebounds. Maddie McDonald’s 12 points led South.
A balanced attack carried Dimond past Service. Four players scored nine or more points for the Lynx — Kayla Pili (13), Deajahnae Bobbitt (11), Maile Wilcox (10) and Kali Hibbert (9). Genevieve Mahe posted 11 points for the Cougars.
The Chugiak Mustangs cruised to a 34-9 halftime lead in their win over Eagle River. Caitlin Wachmann scored all of her game-high 18 points in the first three quarters and Octavia Knox added 12 points for the winners. Chloie Garber topped Eagle River with six points.
This story has been updated with details on the Chugiak-Eagle River girls game.