The Hydaburg Warriors won the Class 2A boys state basketball championship on Saturday night, beating defending champion Cook Inlet Academy, 59-56, in the state title game at Anchorage's Service High School.
Hydaburg's George Peratrovich sank a 3-pointer with 48 seconds left in the game to give the Warriors a 57-56 lead, and Vinny Edenshaw added two free throws with 15 seconds to go to seal the win for Hydaburg, which trailed by five points entering the fourth quarter.
The Warriors outscored the Eagles 23-15 in the final period.
Peratrovich led Hydaburg with 23 points, Darren Edenshaw added 18 points and Vinny Edenshaw chipped in 10 for the Warriors, who won Class 1A state titles in 1986, 1989 and 1992.
Jacob Peterson scored 17 points to lead the Eagles, while Luke Myers added 15 and Kyle Nettles netted 14.
Look for more details about the game in Monday's edition of the Juneau Empire.
In Saturday's other 2A title game, the Ninilchik girls won their fourth straight Class 2A title, beating Unalakleet-Degnan 44-26. In the Class 1A state championship games held Saturday at Service High School, the unranked Noorvik-Aqqaluk boys beat New Stuyahok 66-55 and the Mountain Village girls needed overtime to knock off Buckland 53-51.
In Saturday's other state tourney games involving Southeast teams, the Kake girls beat Matanuska Christian, 50-46, in the Class 2A girls fourth-sixth place game, and the Skagway boys fell to Unalakleet-Degnan, 62-58, in the Class 2A boys fourth-sixth place game.
Thunderbirds 50, Eagles 46
The Kake girls reached the 20-win mark for the season by knocking off Matanuska Christian on Saturday in the Class 2A girls state tournament fourth-sixth place game.
Kake trailed by three at halftime and led by just one point, 39-38, with 5 minutes, 19 seconds to play in the fourth quarter. Then the Thunderbirds went on an 11-0 run to take a 50-38 lead with 3:21 to play.
Matanuska Christian held Kake scoreless the rest of the way - while the Eagles scored eight points to draw within four - but time ran out before they could complete the rally.
Senior Danielle Knudsen scored 22 points to lead Kake (20-3) and close out her distinguished career with the Thunderbirds. Roseann Jackson added 11 points for the Thunderbirds, including three 3-pointers.
Heather Richardson led Matanuska Christian with a game-high 23 points.
Wolfpack 62, Panthers 58
The Skagway boys rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit, but Unalakleet-Degnan stormed back ahead in the fourth quarter for a win in the Class 2A boys state tournament fourth-sixth place game.
After taking a 34-24 lead at halftime, the Wolfpack were up 37-30 with 5 minutes to play in the third quarter when the Panthers - led by senior Jarret Brown - went on a 14-3 run the rest of the period. Brown scored nine of his game-high 23 points in that run as Skagway took a 44-40 lead into the final quarter.
Unalakleet came back to build a lead of as much as six points in the fourth. Skagway drew to within two - 60-58 - when Brown hit a basket with 1:34 to go. But the Wolfpack's Dean Towarak hit two clutch free throws with 25 seconds to play that put Unalakleet up by four points, 62-58, and the Wolfpack hung on for the win.
Backing up Brown on offense for Skagway (21-8) were Scott Lesh with 13 points and Kyle Fairbanks with 11. Seniors Brown, Fairbanks and Jerod Moore and freshman Lesh played the entire game for Skagway.
Towarak led Unalakleet with 17 points, while Galen Doty chipped in 13.
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