Dimond Prep Shootout Opens With Close Calls

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by Jake Ryle

ANCHORAGE, Alaska--Even from the tip-off of the Bartlett vs. Ketchikan basketball game--fans could sense Thursday would provide some excellent basketball action for the first round of the 2013 Alaska Prep Shootout.

Three of the four games were decided by three points or less.

Palmer 52, Grace Christian 49

Grace Christian's Hans Karlberg notched 30 points in the contest to lead all scorers; however, Karlberg was outdone by Palmer's Connor Looney. Looney tallied 29 points and 8 rebounds in the win.

The Grizzlies shot 32.7% (16/49) from the field, while the Moose stood at 43.2% (19/44).

Palmer outrebounded Grace Christian 40 to 27.

Juneau 62, Dimond 59

Three players on each team scored in double-digits. For the Crimson Bears, Aquino Brinson shot 7 for 9 from the field to lead Juneau with 15 points.

The Lynx Damon Cikanek totaled 23 of his team's 59 points. He also added 7 rebounds to those stats.

Dimond trailed by as many as 17 points in the game, but rallied back late in the fourth quarter to be down by a single point.

Juneau would hang on with free-throw shooting, and some late points to advance in the first round.

Chugiak 62, Ketchikan 47

Skyler and Payton Fullmer scored 25 and 17 points, respectively for the Chugiak Mustangs. Roger Jogensen added 13 to that total as well.

Chugiak entered into half only up by eight. That lead was quickly extended due to some timely offensive production in the third quarter.

The Mustangs went on a 14-2 run to help push them past the Kings and advance to the semifinals.

Bartlett 51, Soldotna 50 (OT)

Iziah Sherman Newsome stole the show in the early-bird game. Newsome notched 13 points and 10 rebounds for a quick double-double in the opening round.

The Golden Bears outrebounded the Stars of Soldotna 45-27 throughout the game. That statistic led to 18 second chance points, as opposed to the Stars seven.