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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Slowly but surely, the Metlakatla High School Chiefs chipped away at the Nikiski High School Bulldogs’ lead.After the Bulldogs carried a 16-11 lead into the second quarter of the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic seventh-place game, Metlakatla’s CJ Hudson found his groove and helped the Chiefs tie the game at 24 apiece before the half. They would eventually win 53-50. Hudson scored seven of the Chiefs’ 13 points in the frame. DJ King and Elijah Caspersen also nailed down 3-pointers.
And in the second half, Metlakatla inched ahead. Despite Nikiski’s Jace Kornstad hitting a pair of threes in the third quarter, Metlakatla’s King, Caspersen and Aidan Rolando gave the Chiefs a one-point lead, 35-34, heading into the final frame.
Metlakatla outscored the Bulldogs 18-16 in the fourth quarter, with the help of Hudson and Rolando combining to nail down six of eight free throws in the frame.
Scoring Line: Metlakatla — DJ King, 16; CJ Hudson, 15; Elijah Caspersen 10; Aidan Rolando, 10; Isaac Henderson, 2. Nikiski — Jace Kornstad, 24; Noah Litke, 12; Cody Handley, 9; Shane Weathers, 3; Jacob Smith, 2.