Chugiak boys give South a scare, Eagle River teams fall in first round of CIC hoops tourney
Chugiak’s boys basketball team nearly pulled off a first-round upset Wednesday night but weren’t able to prevent a winless opening night showing by local squads in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference basketball tournament.
The Wolverines outscored Chugiak by 10 points in the final eight minutes to claim a 66-58 win at South High. Elsewhere Wednesday, the Eagle River boys fell 66-50 to Service and the Eagle River girls lost 72-17 at East.
All three locals teams were eliminated from the tournament, which continues today.
Tournament No. 8 seed Chugiak gave No. 6 South all it could handle, taking a 43-41 lead at the end of the third quarter on a put-back by Jared Parks. But the Mustangs were held to just four field goals in the final frame as South pulled away. Parks had 10 points for a balanced Chugiak side that got 12 from Demarco Mitchell, 11 from Jackson Wall and 7 from Deondrick McCright.
At Service, 10 different Cougars scored to lead the No. 6 seed over a shorthanded Wolves team that dressed just seven players. Brandon Gall led all players with 17 points for Service, while Ryan Adkins had a team-high 15 for the No. 7 seeded Wolves, Sterling Retzlaff added 9 and three players — Ja’Corrie Benoit, Will Michener and Bryson Rollman — had 8 points each. The game was the last for Eagle River head coach Bob Adkins, who is retiring as both the school’s football and basketball coach this season.
In East Anchorage, Kamryn Perry scored 12 points to lead the No. 8 seeded Eagle River girls, who lost leading scorer Grace Harder to an injury in the second quarter.
The Eagle River cheer squad made appearances at both games, cheering on the Eagle River girls at East before hopping on a bus and traveling to the Southside for the boys’ clash against the Cougars.
The Chugiak girls will open CIC tournament play Thursday at 3 p.m. against East at West High, where all tournament games will be played from here on out.
East 72, Eagle River 17
South 57, Service 36
Service 66, Eagle River 50
South 66, Chugiak 58
Thursday’s games (at West High)
Chugiak vs. East, 3 p.m.
West vs. South, 6 p.m.
Bartlett vs. South, 4:30 p.m.
West vs. Service, 7:30 p.m.