Service Bounces Back, Thunderbirds Roll Past Mustangs

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by Jake Ryle

PALMER, Alaska--It's been said that athletes playing sports must have a short-term memory.

For the varsity basketball team at Service High--that short-term memory must have been wiped out in less than 24 hours after their squad's first in-conference loss coming at the hands of East.

The Colony Knights wouldn't be a pushover for the state's best 4A basketball program. Colony was led by captain Hunter Eisenhower's 14 points.

Eisenhower wouldn't be alone, though. Nate Umbarger pulled in 11 points, including five of his team's 10 total points in the final quarter. Joe Gray and Damien Fulp added 10 and 9, respectively.

But the biggest story of the game was the impressive performance by both Adam Klie and Marques Robinson. Klie had 12 of Service's 19 total points in the first quarter, and he'd finish the game with a game-high 22 points.

Robinson waited until the fourth quarter to hit his peak--pulling in 10 points, and finishing the contest with 18.

Service clinged to a three point lead going into halftime, and wouldn't be able to pull away until the fourth quarter. The Cougars outscored the Knights 22-10, and helped secure a key win after their emotional loss to East Anchorage.

FINAL (boys basketball): Service 75, Colony 59

In other action from Thursday night--

FINAL (boys basketball): East 88, Chugiak 50

FINAL (girls basketball): East 48, Chugiak 40