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Chugiak Mustangs boys basketball team puts up a Wall against previously unbeaten Dimond Lynx

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: February 20
  • Published February 20

The Chugiak Mustangs picked up their biggest win of the basketball season Friday night by knocking off the previously undefeated Dimond Lynx.

Chugiak’s Jackson Wall, a 6-foot-4 senior, was a threat both inside and outside. He had three triples and three dunks on his way to a game-high 20 points.

Dimond’s loss leaves the Cook Inlet Conference with one undefeated boys team — the East Thunderbirds, who romped past the Bartlett Golden Bears 84-29 behind Jahbez Sellers’ 29 points.

In other games, South rallied past West 65-60 and Service used a big third quarter to subdue Eagle River 51-39.

In girls games, Bartlett remained undefeated with an 80-49 win over East; Dimond triumphed 79-61 despite 29 points from Chugiak’s Caitlin Wachmann; Service routed Eagle River 49-26 and West upended South 51-21.

The night’s biggest outcome was Chugiak’s win over Dimond. The Mustangs jumped to a 19-10 lead in the first quarter and Dimond never recovered.

Morgan Grant drilled two 3-pointers and Owen Lewis scored half of his 14 points in the first quarter to spark Chugiak. Kellen Beam finished with 11 points, and Grant and Zach Cole each had eight.

Luke Johnston’s 18 points and Zach Jenkins’ 13 points led Dimond.

At West High, the Eagles took a 39-34 lead into the fourth quarter only to squander it. South outscored them 20-10 in the final eight minutes for its third straight win.

A.J. Yabut and Loke Iese carried the Wolverines at the end with 11 and 8 points in the fourth quarter, respectively. Yabut finished with 22 points, Reece Ivanoff added 14, Iese 11 and Aidan Ohlson 10.

Traivar Jackson led West with 22 points, Willie Zamora had 11 and Jaden Pedigo 10.

Service won the second half in a come-from-behind win over Eagle River. The Wolves led 25-18 at the half but were outscored 16-3 in the third quarter.

Service’s Dylan Westake scored nine of his 14 points in the third quarter and Ron Childress protected the lead by sinking all nine of his free throws in the fourth quarter. Westlake finished with 14 points and Childress had 11.

Marcus Andrews led Eagle River with 12 points. The Wolves nailed five triples in the first quarter to race to a 20-10 lead but only managed one the rest of the way.

The night’s East-Bartlett doubleheader at Bartlett ended with victories for the CIC’s last remaining undefeated teams. The East boys and the Bartlett girls both moved to 6-0.

Four players reached double figures for the East boys — Sellers (29 points), Jayden Voliva (16), Damarion Delaney (12) and Hasaan Herrington (11).

D.J. Joseph poured in 24 points and Bishop Tosi had 12 for Bartlett.

In the girls game, Bartlett rolled to a 25-6 first-quarter lead over East. The Golden Bears put four players in double figures, an effort led by Adam Kaganak’s 24 points and seven rebounds. Amelia ‘Uhila supplied 17 points, five steals and five assists, Mariya Oliver had 12 points, eight steals and seven assists and Kendal Hodgdon added 11 points.

East got a boost from Angel Ioane’s 8 points and Chaunasea Delaney’s 11 points.

The Dimond girls jumped to a big lead in the first quarter fueled by a combined five 3-pointers from Caitlyn Brower and Lewanne Brower. Then they survived an onslaught of points from Wachmann.

Wachmann was limited to two points as Dimond raced to a 24-8 lead in the opening quarter but hit five triples the rest of the way to finish with 29 points.

Caitlin Brower and Maile Wilson led the Lynx with 19 and 18 points, respectively, and Lewanne Brower finished with 14.

In a battle between two teams searching for their first win, three Service players scored in double figures against Eagle River — Eden Hopson (17), Genevieve Mahe (14) and Asa Huckill (12). Amaya Hudson topped Eagle River with 10 points.

West moved into a share of third place in the CIC by trouncing South behind 20 points from Jordan Zackery, who hit three triples, and 11 from Juliette Adlawan.

Teams are back in action Tuesday.

CIC standings

Girls

Bartlett 6-0

Dimond 5-1

Chugiak 4-2

West 4-2

East 3-3

South 1-5

Service 1-5

Eagle River 0-6

Boys

East 6-0

Dimond 5-1

South 4-2

Chugiak 4-2

Service 2-4

Bartlett 2-4

West 1-5

Eagle River 0-6

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