Metlakatla knocks off Nikiski

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2002

ANCHORAGE -- The Metlakatla Chiefs knocked off the third-ranked Nikiski Bulldogs 62-58 in the first round of the Alaska Class 3A Basketball Championships at Sullivan Arena on Thursday.

For the Chiefs, it was the second big upset in a week. At the Region V-Class 3A tourney in Juneau last Thursday, Metlakatla beat then-No. 2 Wrangell 70-52 to earn a berth in the state tourney.

"We're peaking at the right time," Metlakatla head coach Joshua Meuhlenkamp said. "I'm proud of the kids, they played hard and believe in each other and they're starting to play as a team. We're 12-3 since February."

In the other boys Class 3A games, Region V-3A champion Craig bounced Anchorage Christian 67-61 and Barrow defeated Monroe Catholic 53-49, while Valdez worked Nome 51-33. Metlakatla plays Valdez today at 3:45 p.m. and Craig plays top-ranked and undefeated Barrow at 5:30 p.m. in the semifinals.

In the girls 3A games, Petersburg fell to Seward 35-33 and Mount Edgecumbe was defeated by Nikiski 44-33. Monroe Catholic girls beat Barrow 43-24 and Valdez defeated Kotzebue 51-29. Petersburg plays Barrow today at 11:30 a.m. and Mount Edgecumbe squares off with Kotzebue at 1:15 p.m. in the consolation rounds.

The Chiefs were able to overcome a 26-point scoring effort from Nikiski's David Holloway by shooting 56.5 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range. Metlakatla also outrebounded the Bulldogs 30-22, but the game was still up for grabs in the final minutes.

With 1:32 remaining and the score tied at 58, Chris Bryant scored a runner in the lane to put the Chiefs up 60-58. Nikiski then had several chances to tie the game, but nothing would fall. The Bulldogs put up one last shot attempt that fell short with eight seconds remaining and Bryant grabbed the rebound and rifled a pass to a streaking Willie Taylor who scored an uncontested lay-up.

The Bulldogs turned the ball over on the in-bounds pass and Metlakatla locked up another big upset and advanced into today's semifinal game against Valdez.

"I think everything is a team effort," Metlakatla's Chris Bryant said. "So whenever somebody is down, there's always someone to pick us up. I think our intensity was there. We just played good Metlakatla basketball."

Metlakatla benefited greatly from the return of its season-leading scorer Chevy Hayward, who was suspended for violating team rules. He led the Chiefs with 17 points while Bryant added 15 points and Apollo Marsden scored 11 and hauled in a team-leading seven rebounds.

"Chevy plays hard and when he plays as a teammate instead of sometimes in the past he's gone out one-on-one," Meuhlenkamp said. "But he plays with so much intensity and so much desire. He just did a great job today."

"I think we just wanted it more. We just executed." Bryant said.

"Three point shooting was the difference," Nikiski head coach Reid Kornstad said. "They were 50 percent and behind the three point line, they were making them from three, four feet from behind the line. You gotta give them a lot of credit, they did what they had to do when it counted."

Craig boys 67, Anchorage Christian 61

The Region V-Class 3A boys champion Craig Panthers rallied for a 67-61 win against the Anchorage Christian Schools Lions to advance into the semifinals. Craig will play top-ranked Barrow today at 5:30 p.m. for a chance to play for the state title.

The Panthers trailed most of the game until they outscored the Lions 17-8 in the fourth quarter to claim the victory. Raymond Douville led Craig with 19 points and nine rebounds and Ryan Savage scored 16 points with four rebounds while Freddy Hamilton scored 16 and dished out seven assists.

The Lions were led by Zack Madren with 14 points while Todd Alden and Buddy Bailey each scored 13 points.

Seward girls 35, Petersburg 33

The Petersburg Vikings girls nearly pulled off an incredible comeback win, but fell just short, losing to the Seward Seahawks 35-33 on Thursday.

Petersburg trailed the Seahawks 31-15 heading into the final quarter, but erupted for 18 points and holding Seward to just four points in the period.

Britini Birchill led the Vikings with 11 points and six rebounds, including six in the fourth quarter while teammate Kayuleigh Short added two fourth-quarter 3-pointers to finish the game with eight points.

Seward was led by Breanna Bardarson with 12 points and eight rebounds while Tara Deruwe scored seven and Krista Boulden added six.

Nikiski girls 44, Mount Edgecumbe 33

The Mount Edgecumbe Braves were defeated by the Nikiski Lady Bulldogs 44-33 in their first-round game on Thursday.

Nikiski led 14-7 after one quarter and 26-18 at the half. They were led by Prema Warren who scored 11 points, Ella Morris with nine points and five rebounds and Melanie Beans with seven points.

The Braves' Sally Glaze led all scorers with 18 points while Karen Rabung scored 15 and hauled in six rebounds. April Lofstedt scored eight points as only five Bulldogs scored in the game.

Jeff Kasper can be reached at jkasper@juneauempire.com.

CHIEFS 62, BULLDOGS 58

Thursday's boys Class 3A state tourney game

METLAKATLA (62) - Beau Hayward 3-6 0-0 8, John Mackie 1-1 0-0 2, Gilmore White 0-0 0-0 0, Shane Martinez 0-0 0-0 0, Apollo Marsden 5-8 1-2 11, Bryan Hayward 0-0 0-0 0, Jarret Leask 0-0 0-0 0, Willie Taylor 3-5 0-0 7, Jared Johnson 1-2 0-0 2, Roy Nathan 0-0 0-0 0, Chris Bryant 6-12 0-0 15, Chevy Hayward 7-12 1-4 17. Totals: 26-46 2-6 62.

NIKISKI (58) - Josh Reilly 5-8 0-2 10, Ryan Crumpacker 0-1 0-0 0, Jason Gerke 1-2 0-2 3, Kevin Gerke 2-4 0-0 5, Jeremiah Taylor 4-8 0-2 8, David Holloway 9-20 3-4 26, John Rooper 0-0 0-0 0, Flyte Jorgensen 0-0 0-0 0, Rustin Hitchcock 3-7 0-0 6, Miles Jorgensen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 24-50 3-10 58.

METLAKATLA 17 12 18 15 - 62

NIKISKI 13 10 22 13 - 58

3-point goals - Metlakatla 8-16 (Bryant 3-6, C. Hayward 2-3, Be. Hayward 2-5, W. Taylor 1-2), Nikiski 7-21 (Holloway 5-12, J. Gerke 1-2, K. Gerke 1-2, J. Taylor 0-2, Hitchcock 0-3). Rebounds - Metlakatla 30 (Marsden 7, Bryant 5), Nikiski 22 (Holloway 9). Assists - Metlakatla 13 (W. Taylor 4, Marsden 3, Bryant 3), Nikiski 13 (Holloway 8, J. Taylor 3). Turnovers - Metlakatla 15 (Be. Hayward 4, W. Taylor 3, Bryant 3), Nikiski 7 (Holloway 5, Hitchcock 2). Blocked shots - Metlakatla 2 (Marsden 1, Bryant 1), Nikiski 1 (Holloway 1). Steals - Metlakatla 4 (Bryant 2), Nikiski 11 (J. Taylor 6, Holloway 3). Fouled out - Metlakatla 0, Nikiski 1 (Reilly). Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Metlakatla 7, Nikiski 11.

PANTHERS 67, LIONS 61

Thursday's boys Class 3A state tourney game

ANCHORAGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS (61) - Mikey Fuller 0-0 0-0 0, Kenny Lemieux 2-2 0-0 5, Zack Madren 6-12 2-4 14, Todd Alden 6-16 0-0 13, Hunter Hegge 0-0 0-0 0, Jeff Scantlin 1-5 2-2 4, Buddy Bailey 5-13 2-2 13, Bobby Dunbar 3-7 2-4 8, Jeremy Gogain 0-0 0-0 0, Britton Giroux 0-0 0-0 0, Josh Homan 1-1 0-0 2, Danny Burrell 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 25-58 8-12 61.

CRAIG (67) - Josh Coleman 1-1 0-2 2, Ryan Hamilton 1-2 0-0 2, Tony Mackie 0-0 0-0 0, Jordan Savage 1-7 3-6 5, Louis Isaacs 0-0 0-0 0, Freddy Hamilton 5-7 3-7 16, Eric Hamilton 0-0 0-2 0, Ryan Savage 8-11 0-0 16, Ryan Jones 2-4 1-2 7, Adam Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Raymond Douville 9-20 0-0 19, Kolt Garvey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 27-52 7-19 67.

ANCHORAGE CHRISTIAN 16 19 18 8 - 61

CRAIG 15 12 23 17 - 67

3-point goals - ACS 3-9 (Lemieux 1-1, Bailey 1-2, Alden 1-3, Madren 0-3), Craig 6-13 (F. Hamilton 3-5, Jones 2-2, Douville 1-5, J. Savage 0-1). Rebounds - ACS 36 (Bailey 8, Scantlin 6, Alden 6), Craig 32 (Douville 9, R. Savage 7). Assists - ACS 12 (Alden 4, Madren 3), Craig 9 (F. Hamilton 6). Turnovers - ACS 19 (Bailey 8, Madren 4, Scantlin 4), Craig 18 (F. Hamilton 7, R. Hamilton 5). Blocked shots - ACS 3 (Bailey 2, Alden 1), Craig (R. Savage 2). Steals - ACS 8 (Scantlin 3, Madren 2, Bailey 2), Craig 11 (F. Hamilton 3, Jones 3, Douville 2, R. Savage 2). Fouled out - ACS 1 (Alden), Craig 0. Technical fouls - ACS 1 (bench 1), Craig 0. Total fouls - ACS 16, Craig 10.

SEAHAWKS 35, VIKINGS 33

Thursday's girls Class 3A state tourney game

PETERSBURG (33) - Tessa Bergmann 0-1 0-0 0, Britta Lyons 0-0 0-0 0, Jennifer Smith 1-4 0-0 2, Britni Birchell 5-7 1-1 11, Karna Williams 3-9 0-0 6, Krista Birchell 0-3 0-2 0, Autumn Streuli 1-2 0-0 2, Brandy Cole 2-5 0-2 4, Kayleigh Short 3-7 0-0 8, Katrina Berg 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 15-38 1-5 33.

SEWARD (35) - Erin Gillespie 0-0 0-0 0, Krista Boulden 3-5 0-0 6, Breanna Bardarson 6-14 0-2 12, Lisa Steinbrecher 0-0 0-0 0, Tara Ganser 1-3 0-0 2, Jenni Regis 0-0 0-0 0, Ruth Banse 2-10 0-0 4, Lara Loomis 0-0 0-0 0, Tara Deruwe 2-5 2-2 7, Ann Linville 0-3 2-4 2, Emma Seigel 0-0 0-0 0, M. Dieckgraeff 1-4 0-0 2. Totals: 15-44 4-8 35.

PETERSBURG 6 4 5 18 - 33

SEWARD 12 6 13 4 - 35

3-point goals - Petersburg 2-3 (Short 2-2, Streuli 0-1), Seward 1-2 (Deruwe 1-2). Rebounds - Petersburg 18 (B. Birchell 6, Williams 4), Seward 38 (Bardarson 8, Linville 7). Assists - Petersburg 2 (Smith 1, K. Birchell 1), Seward 2 (Banse 1, Dieckgraeff 1). Turnovers - Petersburg 13 (Smith 2, B. Birchell 2), Seward 12 (Deruwe 3, Bardarson 2, Banse 2). Blocked shots - Petersburg 2 (B. Birchell 1, K. Birchell 1), Seward 3 (Bardarson 1, Ganser 1, Linville 1). Steals - Petersburg 6 (B. Birchell 2, Williams 2), Seward 9 (Bardarson 5, Boulden 2). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Petersburg 10, Seward 5.

BULLDOGS 44, BRAVES 33

Thursday's girls Class 3A state tourney game

NIKISKI (44) - Katy Floyd 0-1 0-0 0, Emilee Gillaspie 0-1 0-0 0, Amanda Weaver 1-5 0-0 2, April Lofstedt 4-6 0-3 8, Lynzie Ellis 0-0 0-0 0, Karen Rabung 6-14 3-7 15, Joy Carr 0-0 0-0 0, Sally Glaze 8-18 0-1 18, Krystal Gladden 0-0 0-0 0, Kathryn Coveyou 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-45 4-14 17.

MOUNT EDGECUMBE (33) - Jennifer Evan 0-0 0-0 0, Jolene Chikigak 0-0 0-0 0, Ella Morris 4-8 1-1 9, Meredith Akaran 2-5 0-2 4, Prema Warren 4-9 0-1 11, Melanie Beans 2-10 2-4 7, Moriah Sallaffie 0-0 0-0 0, Bernadine Keyes 1-1 0-0 2, Grace Stickman 0-0 0-0 0, Ellie Jackson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 13-33 3-8 33.

NIKISKI 14 12 6 12 - 44

MOUNT EDGECUMBE 7 11 7 8 - 35

3-point goals - Nikiski 2-7 (Glaze 2-4, Lofstedt 0-1, Weaver 0-2), Mount Edgecumbe 4-9 (Warren 3-5, Beans 1-4). Rebounds - Nikiski 29 (Rabung 6, Weaver 5), Mount Edgecumbe 24 (Morris 5). Assists - Not available. Turnovers - Nikiski 9 (Glaze 3), Mount Edgecumbe 10 (Morris 3, Warren 3). Blocked shots - None. Steals - Nikiski 5 (Glaze 2), Mount Edgecumbe 3 (Warren 2). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Nikiski 13, Mount Edgecumbe 14.



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