ANCHORAGE - The Kake High School boys basketball team rallied from an early 14-point deficit to nip Tikigaq 64-61 on Tuesday at the Class 2A State Tournament at Service High School.
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The Harpooners took a 23-9 first-quarter lead before Kake mounted a furious comeback. The T-Birds narrowed Tikigaq's lead to 34-26 at halftime and trailed 43-42 with eight minutes to go.
The Class 2A Southeast Conference champs outscored Tikigaq 22-18 in the final quarter to seal a quarterfinal victory.
Derek Knudsen led the Thunderbirds with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Dean Cavanaugh had 16 points and six rebounds. Lance Doake contributed 10 points and six rebounds while Xavier Friday had six points and two steals for the Class 2A Southeast Conference champs.
Tony Mach and Shawn Jackson had three points each, and Trevor Rostad scored two points for Kake.
Amos Andrew Lane had 24 points and Brian Tuzroyluk scored 19 points for the Harpooners.
Kake faces Bristol Bay in the semifinals at 6:50 p.m. today at Sullivan Arena.
Yakutat 51, Cook Inlet Academy 50
Yakutat beat Cook Inlet Academy for the second time this year thanks to a strong second half.
The Eagles, the Southeast Conference's second-seeded team, outscored the CIA Eagles 31-24 to win the Class 2A state quarterfinal matchup at Service High School
Yakutat trailed 26-20 at halftime.
Kyle Dierick had 13 points and six rebounds. Jack Klushkan chipped in 12 points while Jay Sin and Alin Vale posted six points and five rebounds each for Yakutat.
Tracy Jackson scored six points while Douglas Ross added a field goal in the win.
Nathan Byrd led Cook Inlet Academy with 18 points.
Yakutat will face Unalakleet at 8:30 p.m. today in the state semifinals at Sullivan Arena.
Bristol Bay 45, Hoonah 30
Hoonah, the second-seeded team out of Southeast, fell to the Bristol Bay Angels in Class 2A State Tournament quarterfinal round.
The Angels seized a 20-10 first-quarter lead and used their defense and rebounding to make the lead stick.
Bristol Bay limited Hoonah to just four points in the second quarter as the Braves trailed 27-14 at halftime.
Jessica Skaflestad led Hoonah with eight points and 10 rebounds. Brooke Lampe had six points, three boards and two steals. Amber Lampe contributed seven points and four steals, and Jesse Dybdahl had four points and two rebounds.
Treana White scored three points, and Kari Ames had two points in defeat for the Braves.
Bristol Bay's Tiffany Edwards led her side with 16 points while Jackie West contributed 12 points in the win.
Hoonah will play in the consolation quarterfinals.
Tikigaq 43, Yakutat 40
Tikigaq rebounded from a 25-16 halftime deficit to win the Class 2A state quarterfinal game at Service High School.
The Harpoonerettes held the Southeast Conference champions to just 15 points in the second half to seal the win.
Heidi Esbenshade led Yakutat with 11 points and four rebounds while Hannah Esbenshade posted nine points and eight boards.
Rose Fraker scored nine points and ripped five rebounds while Sharnel Vale scored five points in defeat.
Also for Yakutat, Rose Porter, Lorena Williams and Sylvia Schumacher chipped in with two points each.
The Eagles face Galena at 11:20 a.m. today in the consolation round.
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