The Thunder Mountain boys' basketball team returned from their trip to Soldotna, where they finished second in the tournament after a Saturday night loss to the Soldotna Stars in the championship game.
Head coach John Blasco said the Stars came out the more intense team in the second half after only a point separated the two teams in the first half.
"Tonight (Saturday) didn't end the way we had hoped," Blasco said in an e-mail. "Soldotna came out as the more aggressive and determined team in the second half."
The Falcons fell down 13 points going into the fourth quarter as Soldotna's defense kept TMHS at bay the rest of the game.
"During the fourth (quarter) we couldn't get within 10 points of them," he said. "Soldotna made some key adjustments on defense against some of our main offensive sets and we never really got into a comfortable rhythm."
Cody Grussendorf, who earned tournament MVP honors, was the team leader in points with 17 while Reese Saviers netted 12 points.
Jazz King and Saviers joined Grussendorf on the All-Tournament team as three of the ten players selected for the honors.
"Although we didn't win, we played hard and have learned quite a bit from this game," Blasco said. "There are still lots of things we need to improve on."
On Friday night, the Falcons posted an impressive 16-point victory as they took down Kenai Central 53-37.
Blasco said his team came out aggressive from the start and jumped out to a double-digit lead at the half.
Saviers led the Falcons in scoring Friday with 19 points, while Grussendorf and King combined for another 20 points.
Thunder Mountain boys' basketball plays next at Monroe High School Dec. 27-30 in Fairbanks.
Juneau Empire ©2014. All Rights Reserved.