UAA’s season-opening winning streak ended Sunday night at the Alaska Airlines Center.
The Chaminade men’s basketball team blasted the Seawolves 85-56 behind a 49% shooting effort and a huge rebounding advantage.
It was the first loss in four games for UAA, which was playing for the third straight day. The Seawolves played a Friday night game in the Armed Forces Classic and then played Saturday and Sunday in the Alaska-Hawaii Challenge, a four-team Division II tournament.
In Sunday’s first game, Koby Huerta hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to lift the UAF Nanooks to a 75-73 victory over Hawaii Pacific.
Chaminade finished the tournament with a 2-0 record. UAA and UAF were both 1-1, and Hawaii Pacific was 0-2.
Chaminade’s Tyler Cartaino, the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, hurt the Seawolves with 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Teammates Telly Davenport and Andre Arrisol scored 14 points apiece and Kevin Kremer chipped in 13.
The Silverswords crashed the boards, getting 10 from all-tournament pick Kendall Small to outrebound UAA 48-29.
UAA’s two all-tourney selections — Tobin Karlberg and Oggie Pantovic — both scored in double figures. Karlberg tossed in a team-high 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting, and Pantovic finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Seawolves were plagued by their worst shooting night of the young season. One night after shooting 50% and two nights after hitting 18 of 31 3-pointers, they shot 34.4% (22 of 64).
The Seawolves led 8-7 early before Chaminade seized control with a 10-2 run. The Silversharks led 48-23 at the half and by 20 or more points for most of the second half.
UAA heads to California this week for a Division II tournament at Sonoma State. It plays San Francisco State on Friday at 4:30 p.m. AST and Sonoma State on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Alaska-Hawaii Challenge all-tournament team
Andre Arissol, Chaminade
Tobin Karlberg, UAA
Oggie Pantovic, UAA
Shadeed Shabazz, UAF
Kendall Small, Chaminade
Most Outstanding Player — Tyler Cartaino, Chaminade