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By JOE JUDD
Daily News Staff Writer
The boys 2A state basketball championship was on the line on Saturday night at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage as the Petersburg Vikings beat the Metlakatla Chiefs 46-26 to take home the state title.
It was a rematch of the Region V Tournament championship game on March 10 in Juneau, in which the Vikings, again, took care of the Chiefs by a slim margin of 58-52.
From the opening tip to the end of the first half, the game was back-and-forth, with neither team able to pull away from the other and take a definite advantage.
The Chiefs got out to a 6-point lead after one quarter, only to have the Vikings score 15 points in the second quarter and take a slim 3-point lead into the locker room.
After halftime is when this trend ended abruptly.
Petersburg shot the ball accurately throughout the game and made half of its shots from the field and 40 percent of its 3-pointers for the game.
The Vikings took advantage of Metlakatla, which failed to score a single point in the third quarter.
Being held scoreless for a quarter took its toll on the Chiefs. They were unable to mount a comeback in the final frame.
On the contrary, the Vikings’ offense continued its quality shooting from the field and put the game, in addition to the 2A state title, out of reach.
Seniors Stewart Conn and Blaine Volk combined to score 27 points.
Fellow senior Wolf Brooks brought down 10 rebounds in the victory to cap off their final game as Petersburg Vikings as well as take a championship trophy back home.
Petersburg: Stewart Conn 15, Blaine Volk 12, Alan McCay 7, Louden Sandhofer 4, Mark Neidiffer 2.
Metlakatla: Carsen Winter 7, Trenton Clark 6, Conrad Hudson 6, Danny Marsden 5, James Henderson 2.