The Thunder Mountain High School boy’s basketball team dropped two close games in the first days of play at the 45th Annual Joe Floyd/ERA Aviation Winter Classic Basketball Tournament at Kodiak Thursday and Friday, before getting a taste of the victory bug on Saturday.
TMHS (2-6) boys lost a tight game to the Kodiak Bears 53-42 Thursday. Leading scorer for the Falcons was 6-foot-1 sophomore guard Matt Seymour with 19 points.
According to coach John Blasco the Falcons improved significantly from their last outing in Anchorage and competed well against a powerful Bears team.
The Falcons next chased Ketchikan through a 20-point deficient for most of their Friday contest before closing at the end and falling 54-48 to their Southeast Conference foe.
The Falcons went down 12-0 early as Ketchikan’s Kyle Day connected for all the point production for the Kings. The Falcons fell behind by 19 in the second quarter.
“We worked our way back,” Blasco said. “We just ran out of time.”
Day led all scorers with 27 points and Ben Jahn led the Falcons with 15.
“We picked up our defensive pressure, which we haven’t done much this year,” Blasco said. “We finally were able to step up defensively, we got some lucky bounces and just found some momentum. Once we got out running we found a little bit of a groove.”
On Saturday the Falcons took Cordova to the rim.
Ty Grussendorf hit a three to give the Falcons a 16-12 first quarter advantage as Thunder Mountain established a running perimeter game from the start.
Cordova was awarded three free throws at the periods end but TMHS held a 18-14 lead starting the second stanza.
The Falcons began the fourth period up 40-29 and pushed on to a 51-38 win.
Vili Tupou led the Falcons with 13 points, Grussendorf and Ben Jahn scored 11 apiece, Matt Seymour and Coltin Lanz four each, Mike Uddipa and Travis Johnson three apiece, and Avery Stewart two. William Roemhilet led the Wolverines with 14 points and Keith Nowlen 13.
The TMHS Falcons boy and girls host the Thunder Dome Basketball Tournament on Thursday through Saturday. Varsity boys and girls teams from Palmer, West Valley and West Anchorage will be attending.