LIVE BLOG: Day 1 of 3A & 4A Basketball Tournament

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by Jake Ryle

ANCHORAGE, Alaska--

7:01 p.m.: FINAL (girls basketball): Wasilla 56, Juneau Douglas 23. 

FINAL (boys basketball): ACS 68, Nome 48

 

6:19 p.m.: Start of 4th quarter for Wasilla vs. Juneau. Wasilla up 40-16. I've been pretty impressed by this team's ability to substitute players and not miss a beat. Seems like the Lady Warriors understand their role on the team.

As far as I can see, the ACS boys are up 54-39. Jaylen Terry brought down the house on a 1 handed slam earlier in the 3rd quarter. There's less than 7 minutes remaining in that contest.

 

6:08 p.m.: The Nome boys basketball team jumped out to a pretty sizable lead against Anchorage Christian by some hot shooting from beyond the arc; however, the Lions have since eased any nerves in the early goings. ACS is up 45-32 on Nome with 2:07 remaining in the third quarter.

As for the girls game--Wasilla opened up the game against Juneau Douglas on a 10-0 run. The Lady Warriors jumped out to a 27-8 lead at halftime. Juneau has outscored Wasilla 8-4 in this 3rd quarter. Still 3:49 remaining in the 3rd.

 

5:10 p.m.: Two great games are about to be played at the Sullivan. On the main court--the #1 seed Wasilla Lady Warriors, and over on the far court--Anchorage Christian vs. Nome. That game is about to start in a minute. That's where I'm headed.

 

5:04 p.m.: FINAL (girls basketball): Dimond 42, West Valley 41. What an incredible finish to a basketball game. Tara Thompson knocked down a clutch three-pointer with 41 seconds remaining to give the Lady Lynx their first second lead in the contest. Ione Fischer finishes the game with 17 points on 5 of 8 shooting. All five of her shots made came from beyond the arc. After getting out to a hot start, West Valley's Caitlyn Brice was held to only three points in the second half.

After shooting 14% from the field in the first half, the Lady Lynx turned around the stat sheet by shooting 9 for 22 in the second half (40.9%).

 

4:07 p.m.: HALFTIME (girls basketball)..West Valey 26, Dimond 15.

3:53 p.m.: Start of 2nd quarter--West Valley 16, Dimond 9. Dimond Lady Lynx are shooting an abysmal 15% from the field. They're only hanging on due to Ione Fischer's two 3-pointers. She's 2 for 3 from beyond the arc. 

 

3:44 p.m.: To the girls side--Dimond and West Valley just took to the court. The Lady Lynx are begging for a little bit deeper of a run than last year's 1-and-out tournament.

But if they're going to do that, they HAVE to stop Caitlyn Brice. 1:41 remaining in the first period, and she has 9 points already. Lynx down 13-9.

 

3:32 p.m.: The Sullivan has already seen its fair share of close games today, and we're only halfway through the first day of this year's 3A and 4A state tournament.

West Anchorage defeated Lathrop, 57-55 in the second 4A game of the day. Before that, Colony ousted Thunder Mountain 60-56. Both West and Colony advance to the second round, and are playing on different sides of the bracket.

West's Theo Oghide and Markiss Ailey accounted for 31 points and 15 boards in the Eagles win. West entered into the first half with an 11 point lead, but faltered in the third quarter--shooting only 20% from the field in the third. The Eagles saw that double-digit lead wither away to a 1 point deficit entering into the 4th quarter.

Fault the Lathrop Malemute's 20 turnovers, and West's 22 points off said turnovers for not only keeping the Eagles in the game, but giving them an opportunity to advance.

As for Colony--the Knights fought tooth-and-nail to pick up a win against a scrappy Thunder Mountain team. If you'll recall--Thunder Mountain made a deep run in this year's Alaska Airlines Classic (only losing to Hoover in the championship game).

Credit Joe Gray's 23 points, and Hunter Eisenhower's 13 to boost the Knights into the semifinal round. They'll await the winner of the East vs. Palmer game.

 

3:44 p.m.: To the girls side--Dimond and West Valley just took to the court. The Lady Lynx are begging for a little bit deeper of a run than last year's 1-and-out tournament.

But if they're going to do that, they HAVE to stop Caitlyn Brice. 1:41 remaining in the first period, and she has 9 points already. Lynx down 13-9.

More from the Sullivan to come.