Balanced scoring trumped individual efforts as the undefeated Hoonah High School boys basketball team won the sixth annual Icy Straits Invitational last weekend in Hoonah.
The host Braves overcame a 38-point effort by Mitch Anderson of Vanier Christian (Whitehorse, Yukon Territory) to edge the Crusaders 54-51 on Saturday night in the final game of the tournament to complete a 4-0 tourney record.
Earlier Saturday, Hoonah (11-0 overall, 4-0 Southeast Conference-Class 2A) beat Kake 87-69, despite a 44-point performance by the Thunderbirds' Daniel Knudsen.
In Friday's opening games, Hoonah beat the Mount Edgecumbe junior varsity 101-59, and defeated Qipneq (also spelled Kipnuk, a village in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta area of Southwest Alaska) 74-40.
Kake finished the tournament 3-1 to take second place, while Vanier Christina went 2-2, the Mount Edgecumbe JV was 1-3 and Qipneq was 0-4.
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In other tournament games on Friday, Kake beat the Mount Edgecumbe JV 70-40; Kake defeated Vanier 65-50; and Vanier beat Qipneq 69-46. On Saturday, Kake defeated Qipneq 70-39; Vanier beat the Mount Edgecumbe JV 76-57; and the Mount Edgecumbe JV edged Qipneq 71-68 in overtime.
Hoonah marched to the title in its own tournament by having lots of players contribute. As many as four Braves reached double-figure scoring in tournament games.
Dustin Bowen scored 24 points, Torin Smith added 10 and D.J. Lindstrom scored eight in Hoonah's win over Vanier (record not available) on Saturday. The Braves trailed 40-37 entering the fourth quarter, but rallied for the win.
Lindstrom scored 20 points, Bowen added 18 and Devin Moritz scored 14 points - with four 3-pointers apiece from Bowen and Moritz - as Hoonah cruised past region rival Kake (8-6 overall, 5-1 SE), despite Knudsen's offensive outburst. Knudsen scored 18 field goals and went 6-of-14 from the free-throw line to amass his 44 points. Timothy Demmert added 13 points for Kake.
Hoonah traveled to Kake for a pair of conference games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
On Friday, Lindstrom scored 25 points - including five 3-pointers - while Bowen added 19, Moritz scored 12 and Michael Koenig chipped in 10 in Hoonah's win over the Mount Edgecumbe JV (rna). Matt Towarak scored 15 points for Mount Edgecumbe.
Bowen and Lindstrom scored 13 points apiece and Moritz added 12 in Hoonah's victory over Qipneq (rna).
Among other Southeast highlights from Friday's games:
Knudsen scored 24 points and Demmert scored 23 in Kake's win over the Mount Edgecumbe JV. Demmert hit four 3-pointers - all in the second quarter. Cory Nicoli scored 16 points for Mount Edgecumbe, including four 3-pointers.
Demmert scored 31 points - including six 3-pointers - and Knudsen added 14 in Kake's victory over Vanier.
Demmert scored 15 points, Knudsen had 13 and Dean Cavanaugh added 12 points for Kake in its win over Qipneq.
Bill Brown scored 18 points and Nicoli added 15 in a losing cause for the Mount Edgecumbe JV against Vanier.
Brown scored 30 points - including 10 in overtime - in the Mount Edgecumbe JV's victory over Qipneq. Towarak added 18 points and Nicoli scored 16 for Mount Egdecumbe, which led 39-29 at halftime before the Falcons rallied. The game was tied at 57-all at the end of regulation.
Mount Edgecumbe boys sweep Wrangell
Josh Thomas scored 48 points over two games as the Mount Edgecumbe boys swept a Southeast Conference-Class 3A series against host Wrangell.
Thomas scored 26 points as the Braves won 81-55 on Friday, and he scored 22 points in an 81-54 win on Saturday. Mount Edgecumbe is a perfect 8-0 in conference play.
Tommy Stasenko added 15 points on Friday for Mount Edgecumbe (9-2 overall). Chris Haggard scored 18 points - including four 3-pointers - and Dwight Yancey added 16 points for Wrangell (6-5 overall, 5-5 SE).
Thomas hit four 3-pointers on Saturday as the Braves led 50-42 after three quarters, but ended the game on a 31-12 run. Earl Alstrom scored 14 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter for Mount Edgecumbe, and Brandon Thomas added 12. Yancey and Gordon McCloskey scored 17 points apiece for Wrangell, and Haggard added 15.
Craig boys sweep Metlakatla
Eric Hamilton and Alexei Gamble scored 16 points apiece as the Craig boys rallied to beat visiting Metlakatla 61-51 on Saturday for a sweep of their Southeast Conference-Class 3A series.
Hamilton scored 22 points in Friday's opener as the Panthers beat the Chiefs 63-59.
Craig trailed 31-27 at halftime and 42-40 after three quarters on Saturday, but outscored Metlakatla 21-9 in the final period. Mike Demmert added 14 points - eight in the fourth quarter - for Craig (6-7 overall, 4-4 SE), while Chris Nathan and Creighton Boyd each scored 15 points for Metlakatla (3-10 overall, 2-6 SE).
Nick Jones chipped in 12 points for the Panthers on Friday. Hudson scored 18 points and Donald Tompkins added 14 for the Chiefs.
Haines boys sweep Skagway
Nathan Narum scored 18 points, including four 3-pointers, as the Haines boys beat host Skagway 65-20 on Friday in a non-conference matchup.
On Saturday in Haines, the Class 3A Glacier Bears' JV squad beat the visiting Class 2A Panthers 42-31. The home-and-home series was arranged after both teams wound up with an open weekend - Haines had to cancel its trip to the Hoonah tournament, and Klawock decided to forfeit its Skagway games due to travel concerns.
On Friday, David Berry and James Blilie added 13 points apiece for Haines (4-7 overall, 3-7 SE). Trevor Cochran scored 10 points to lead Skagway (2-9 overall, 2-4 SE).
Wayne Stickler scored 11 points and James Hart added 10 for the Haines JV on Saturday. John McCluskey scored nine points and Jake Henrickson chipped in eight for Skagway, which had just five players make the trip.
With its forfeits, Klawock fell to 0-10 overall, 0-8 Southeast-Class 2A.
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