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Crimson Bears boys fall to Soldotna 72-60

Posted: December 20, 2013 - 1:11am

The Soldotna boys basketball team defeated Juneau-Douglas 72-60 in the first round of the Powerade/Al Howard Tip-Off Tournament on Thursday at Soldotna High School.

The Stars were the only area squad to pick up a first-round win. Ketchikan defeated Kenai 59-26 and Colony defeated Nikiski 72-45, with Damien Fulp leading Colony with 23 points and Seth Carstens pouring in 27 for the Bulldogs. In other action, Bethel topped Mt. Edgecumbe 54-46.

Juneau had a long day of travel to get to the night game on time, and there were times during the day where there were questions if the Crimson Bears would make it for the 8:45 p.m. tip. When Juneau got there, Soldotna was able to take control of the game in the first quarter. The Stars stretched out the lead in the third quarter before Juneau mounted a late comeback in the fourth quarter.

Daniel McElroy paced the Stars with 16 points, while Austin Kruse had 12 points and Nathan Spence had 11 points.

In the semifinals of the tournament today, Ketchikan and Colony play at 6:30 p.m., and SoHi and Bethel play at 8:15 p.m.

In the fifth-place bracket, Kenai and Nikiski play at 5:15 p.m., while Mt. Edgecumbe and Juneau play at 4:45 p.m.

Saturday, the title game is at 4:15 p.m., the third-place game is at 2:30 p.m., the fifth-place game is at 12:45 p.m. and the seventh-place game is at 11 a.m.

Bethel girls 45, Nikiski 35

The Warriors took a 16-9 lead after the first quarter en route to a first-round victory.

Riana Joseph and Shantell Kessner-Kinegak had 10 points each for the Warriors.

Emily Lynch had 11 points for the Bulldogs, while Katie Costello pitched in 10.

Soldotna girls 41, Mt. Edgecumbe 35

The Stars took advantage of a quick start in earning the victory.

Soldotna went up 11-2 after the first quarter and the Braves were not able to catch up after that.

Kelci Benson had 14 points for Soldotna, while Julie Litchfield pitched in with 11.

Taryn White paced Mt. Edgecumbe with 13 points.

The round-robin tourney continues today with SoHi vs. Thunder Mountain at 4 p.m., Nikiski vs. Mt. Edgecumbe at 5:30 p.m., and Kenai vs. Bethel at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nikiski at Thunder Mountain play at noon, SoHi and Bethel face off at 1:30 p.m., and Kenai and Mt. Edgecumbe play at 3 p.m.

Thursday girls

Kardinals 37, Falcons 34

Th. Mountain 11 12 4 7 —34

Kenai 10 10 8 9 —37

THUNDER MOUNTAIN (34) — Echiverri 1 0-0 2, Dicarlo 0 0-0 0, Strong 0 0-0 0, Ekis 1 0-0 2, Demmert 2 1-6 5, Young 8 2-7 18, Martin 0 0-0 0, Tupo 3 0-0 7. Totals — 15 3-13 34.

KENAI CENTRAL (37) — Ostrander 2 0-0 4, English 4 3-10 11, Drury 2 2-2 6, Creighton 0 0-0 0, Baker 0 0-2 0, Steinbeck 2 0-0 4, Barcus 3 0-4 6, Every 0 0-0 0, Beck 3 0-3 6. Totals — 16 5-21 37.

3-point goals — Thunder Mountain 1 (Tupo 1). Team fouls — Thunder Mountain 19, Kenai 15. Fouled out — none.

Warriors 45, Bulldogs 35

Bethel 16 5 13 11 —45

Nikiski 9 12 6 8 —35

BETHEL (45) — Brink 1 0-0 2, Thomas 0 1-3 1, O’Brien 0 0-0 0, Brink 3 1-1 7, Williams 3 0-0 9, Joseph 3 4-7 10, Crow 3 0-0 6, Kessner-Kinegak 5 0-0 10. Totals — 18 6-11 45.

NIKISKI (35) — Riddall 0 0-0 0, Cook 0 0-0 0, Costello 2 6-6 10, Litke 2 1-5 5, Lynch 5 1-1 11, Thompson 4 1-3 9, Parrish 0 0-1 0, Litzen 0 0-0 0, Darch 0 0-4 0. Totals — 13 9-20 35.

3-point goals — Bethel 3 (Williams 3). Team fouls — Bethel 17, Nikiski 13. Fouled out — none.

Stars 41, Braves 35

Mt. Edgecumbe 2 13 11 9 —35

Soldotna 11 14 10 6 —41

MT. EDGECUMBE (35) — Morrow 0 0-0 0, Olson 0 0-0 0, Akavan 3 0-2 7, Holly 0 0-0 0, Johnson 2 0-0 4, White 5 3-3 13, Thomas 0 0-0 0, Mute 1 0-0 2, Weisz 3 0-3 9. Totals — 14 3-8 35.

SOLDOTNA (41) — Nelson 1 0-0 2, Benson 6 1-1 14, Litchfield 4 2-4 11, Hendricks 2 0-0 4, Kerkvliet 2 3-4 7, Miller 1 1-1 3. Totals — 16 7-10 41.

3-point goals — Mt. Edgecumbe 4 (Weisz 3, Akavan); Soldotna 2 (Benson, Litchfield). Team fouls — Mt. Edgecumbe 11, Soldotna 14. Fouled out — none.

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