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Metlakatla pulls ahead in final seconds
Metlakatla High School senior Conrad Hudson Jr. leaps into the arms of head coach TJ Scott as members of the boys basketball team celebrate their 64-63 win over Petersburg High School on March 8 in the Region V 2A championship at the BJ McGillis Gymnasium at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. The Chiefs won their 2A quarterfinal in the state tournament on Thursday in Anchorage, 46-45 over Unalakleet. They will play Unalaska in the state semifinals on Friday. Staff photo by Dustin Safranek

Daily News Sports Editor

The Metlakatla High School Chiefs are 2-0 in one-point games this season. But despite the small margin, those two games have quite possibly been their two biggest wins of the season.

Just days after a 64-63 win over Petersburg High School for the Region V 2A championship at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka, the defending state champions did it again — this time a 46-45 win over Unalakleet School on Thursday in the 2A state quarterfinal at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

After falling behind 12-8, the Chiefs came roaring back, both offensively and defensively, in the second quarter.

Metlakatla held Unalakleet to just two points in the second frame, while scoring 14 points of its own, and carried a 22-14 lead into the break.

From there, a back and forth affair ensued. Metlakatla was outscored 31-24 in the second half, but hung on for the win as a pair of free throws from the Chiefs’ Desmond King sealed the deal with seven seconds left in the game.

King hit 4 of 5 freebies, and the Chiefs knocked in 50 percent of their shots from the line, going 5 for 10.

Metlakatla’s Conrad Hudson Jr. nearly had a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds. King was right behind him tallying eight rebounds, and as a team the Chiefs grabbed 30.

The bulk of Unalakleet’s scoring came from Aidan Ivanoff, who led all scorers with 32 points, including 4 of 7 from beyond the arc.

But Metlakatla had a 3-pointer shooter of its own, who was on the mark. Coleton Hayward hit a trio of threes, and finished the game with 11 points.

With the win, Metlakatla will play Unalaska at 3:30 p.m. on Friday in the 2A state semifinal.

Scoring Line

Metlakatla: Conrad Hudson, 16; Coleton Hayward, 11; Desmond King, 11; Isaac Henderson, 3; Aidan Rolando, 3; Elijah Casperson, 2.

Unalakleet: Aidan Ivanoff, 32; Duncan Ivanoff, 7; Adrian Pleasant, 4; Nathan Ivanoff, 2.

Klawock 60, Buckland 56

The Klawock Lady Chieftains might’ve jumped out to an early lead, but they needed every point they could scrounge in the 1A state quarterfinals game against Buckland High School on Thursday in Anchorage.

After jumping out to a 17-9 lead, Klawock High School was only ahead by two points, 28-26, at the half.

Buckland had a 40-38 lead after three quarters, but a strong final frame gave Klawock the 60-56 win.

The Lady Chieftains’ Taya Marvin recorded a double-double with 20 points and 18 rebounds. Marvin was one of three different Lady Chieftains with double figures.

Kenai Holien finished with 19 points, and Malory Smith-Turpin had 14 points. As a team, Klawock recorded 40 rebounds.

Klawock will play Tri-Valley at 3:30 p.m. on Friday in the 1A state semifinal.

Scoring Line

Klawock: Taya Marvin, 20; Kenai Holien, 19; Malory Smith-Turpin, 14; Valory Smith-Turpin, 3; Alexia Isaacs, 2; Shelby Wylie, 2.

Buckland: Kiarah Melton, 20; Mamie Kirk, 18; Bethany Ticket, 6; Charlene Brown, 6; Destiny Hadley, 4; Jacquelyn Berlin, 2.

Nunamiut 83, Thorne Bay 49

Despite outscoring Nunamiut High School in the fourth quarter on Thursday afternoon, 16-8, the Thorne Bay High School Wolverines dropped their 2A state quarterfinals game in Anchorage 83-49.

The Wolverines bounce to the consolation bracket semifinal against Sand Point High School at 11 a.m. on Friday, in search for fourth place.

Nunamiut nearly shot 50 percent from the field, sinking 34 of 70 attempts, and scored at least 20 points in each of the first three quarters.

Thorne Bay and Nunamiut each had 30-plus rebounds, with the Wolverines tallying  32 against the boards. Nunamiut had 39.

Scoring Line

Nunamiut: Darin Morry, 24; Justice Nukapigak, 18; Richard Gordon, 12; Jacob Ahgook, 9; Chase Nay, 6; Joseph Nukapigak; Dean Sheldon, 4; Josh Mekiana, 2; Aaron Gordon, 2; Billy Edwards, 1.

Thorne Bay: Jacob Congdon, 16; Brandon Ehron, 7; Stockton Schwab, 7; Donny Savage, 6; Devin Reid, 5; Payton Cottrell, 2; Kyle Congdon, 2; Benjermin Moots, 2; Jakob Nelson, 2.

Kipnuk 44, Hydaburg 41

The Hydaburg Warriors certainly gave the Kipnuk School Falcons a run for their money. But when the final buzzer blew, Hydaburg was three points short.

The Warriors fell 44-41 in the 1A state consolation quarterfinal on Thursday in Anchorage, ultimately ending their season. Hydaburg lost 52-40 on Wednesday against Noatak in the first round of the double-elimination tournament.

Hydaburg trailed at the half 20-17. And the Warriors were only behind 35-34 after three quarters. And leads bounced back and forth before Kipnuk hung on for the win.

Hydaburg was the state play-in winner, as Thorne Bay won the Region V 1A title.

Scoring Line

Kipnuk: Julian Smith, 15; Logan Paul, 10; Walter John, 7; Arthur Paul, 6; Tony Paul, 4; Trajan Paul, 2.

Hydaburg: Cadence Peele, 14; Trever Olsen, 11; Guy Sanderson, 7; Willis Washington, 6; Brendon Nix, 3.

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