Chugiak varsity squads roll over Bartlett
The Chugiak varsity basketball teams doubled down on impressive wins Saturday night as the home squads played aggressive defense against their Bartlett visitors.
In the opening game, the girls stifled their Golden Bear opponents early, coasting to a 35-9 first-half margin then withstanding a second half rally to end their game with a comfortable 56-37 win.
Chastity Horn and Eva Palmer led the way with 15 points apiece, while Patricia Houser contributed eight. Coming off the bench for significant minutes were Cheyenne Young, Jordan Hales, Ari Lewis, Aliza Schwartz and Averie Carlos.
Head coach Ryan Hales liked what he saw from his team’s efforts, especially in the first half.
“I liked the way we played, especially in the first — we came out very aggressively; we put out a new press we’ve been working on,” he said.
The Lady Mustangs are now ranked No. 4 in the latest coaches’ poll and will host Service on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Mustangs win seventh in row
In the boys’ game the Mustangs played an aggressive pressing defense, often doubling the ball handler and generally creating havoc for the Golden Bears. After the first period, Chugiak led by 13 points and were not challenged for the rest of the night in the 75-48 win.
The Mustangs (11-4, 4-1) have now won seven straight, including a two-point win on Jan. 30 over Dimond to hand the top-ranked Lynx (14-1, 7-1) their only loss of the season so far.
Hunter Harr finished with a team-high 19 points, 12 of which came on three-pointers. Derryk Snell’s found driving to the hoop to his liking for 16 points. Ty Carlos banged his way to a 13-point night, and Kade Worley, Joe Groth, Isiah Samiengo and Matthew Blackley all tossed in a four-spot.
Chugiak will play at Eagle River this Friday at 7:30.
Eagle River goes 1-2
The Wolves (8-6, 3-3) split a pair of close games over the last week before losing to top-ranked Dimond 61-43 this past Saturday. Aaron Davis had a double-double in the game with 17 points and 11 rebounds as one of just two Wolves in double figures.
Ryan Adkins added 12.
Eagle River had a more balanced scoring effort in its 49-44 win at Service last Thursday after trailing 26-17 at the half.
The Wolves exploded in the third for a 17-3 advantage to take a five-point lead to the fourth they would hold on to for the win.
Davis led again with 12 points and 11 boards, with Jean Gonzalez adding 11 and 9 rebounds, Mason Piper had 9, Jacob Thompson with 8, and Adkins had 7.
The second half was the opposite case on Jan. 30 as Eagle River lost a three-point halftime lead and was outscored by three each in the third and fourth quarters.
Thompson led Eagle River with 12 points, Davis had 11 points and 17 rebounds for his third double-double in as many games last week.
Eagle River hosts Chugiak this Friday at 7:30 p.m.