3A hoops roundup: Sitka explodes for 89

Posted: Thursday, March 03, 2011

The Sitka boys’ basketball team had no problems adjusting to the atmosphere of postseason play on opening day of the 2011 Region V 3A Basketball Tournament.

A 30-point first quarter blew the game open as the Wolves easily defeated the Metlakatla Chiefs 89-48. Four Sitka players reached double figures in scoring, including 19 from Luke Clayton to lead all scorers. Cole Venneberg was Sitka’s second-leading scorer with with 16 points, while Devan Romine and John De La Cruz accounted for 15 points and 12 points, respectively.

Matthew Atkinson led the way for Metlakatla with 10 points. He was the only Chief in double figures.

Sitka will face Petersburg at 5:10 p.m. today at Juneau-Douglas High School. Metlakatla faces Haines today at 10:10 p.m.

Craig 54,

Wrangell 44

The Craig Panthers boys’ basketball team got off to a good start in their opening game of the 2011 Region V 3A Basketball Tournament, breaking open a 24-21 halftime score to beat Wrangell 54-44 Wednesday afternoon.

Craig outscored the Wolves 19-6 in the third quarter and was able to withstand a strong fourth quarter from Wrangell to hold on for the 10-point victory.

Junior DJ Almenzor led all scorers with 20 points. He was the only Craig player in double figures.

Senior Alex Buness led Wrangell in scoring with 14 points, while senior Eric James and junior Clayton Stokes pitched in 11 apiece.

Craig will face No. 1 seed Mt. Edgecumbe today at 8:30 p.m. in the winner’s bracket.

Petersburg 38,

Wrangell 31

The third game of the day was a low-scoring affair, until the fourth quarter, that is.

Trailing Wrangell 22-21 after three quarters, the Petersburg girls’ basketball team exploded for 18 points in the final frame, nearly doubling its output over the first three quarters of play to win 38-31.

Viking senior Shana Stewart scored 10 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter, eight of which came from the charity stripe in the final eight minutes as Petersburg held Wrangell to nine points over that stretch. Junior teammate Carolyn Kvernvik led all scorers with 15 points for Petersburg.

Junior Loni Buness led the Wolves with 12 points.

Petersburg plays Sitka today at 3:30 p.m, while Wrangell will face Mt. Edgecumbe at 8:30 a.m.

Haines 50, Metlakatla 33

The Metlakatla girls’ basketball team finally broke out of their offensive slump in the fourth quarter against Haines, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit it faced after three quarters.

Haines used a 19-point first quarter to set the tone early as the Glacier Bears cruised to a 50-33 win Wednesday morning in the 2011 Region V 3A basketball tournament’s opening game. The Chiefs managed only 18 points for the first three quarters, but broke out with 15 points in the fourth. Still, the 42-18 deficit Metlakatla faced after three quarters was too much to overcome.

Haines senior Abby Jones’ 14 points led the team in scoring, followed closely by Hannah Wing and Amey Messerschmidt with 12 points apiece.

Metlakatla sophomore Shawnee Brendible led all scorers with 17 points.

Haines will play Craig at 6:50 p.m. today.

Sitka 40,

Mt. Edgecumbe 30

The Wolves girls’ basketball team got off to a slow start in its opening game of the 2011 Region V 3A tournament, but Sitka found its stride in the second quarter and kept the momentum going on its way to a 40-30 victory over defending state champion Mt. Edgecumbe.

Sitka managed only five points in the first quarter but scored 35 over the final three frames as the Braves found it difficult to score all night. After winning the first quarter 7-5, Mt. Edgecumbe was outscored 35-23 over the course of the rest of the game.

Wolves sophomore Stephania Potrzuski led all scorers with 15 points while Sariah Ady pitched in 10 points. No player reached double figures in scoring for the Braves.

Sitka plays Petersburg at 3:30 p.m. today.

Petersburg 70, Haines 57

Petersburg topped defending 3A state champion Haines 70-57 Wednesday in the first round of the 3A boys‚ bracket of the Region V 3A/4A Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Petersburg’s Guy Birchell led all scorers with 24 points, followed with 16 for Sam Volk and 14 for Taylor Pullar.

Devin Braaten led Haines with 10 points.

The Vikings face the Sitka Wolves today at 5:10 p.m. for a spot in the winner’s bracket semifinals.

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