Thursday’s matchup between Ketchikan High School and Anchorage Christian School began as a back-and-forth affair. But as the Kayhi Kings’ first game of the O’Brady Invitational at South Anchorage High School continued, slowly but surely, ACS began to pull away, and the ACS Lions eventually won 61-49.
The game remained scoreless in the game’s opening minute — in fact, nobody took a shot.
But after ACS committed a turnover in the game’s first possession, Kayhi went down court, and the Kings’ Archie Dundas nailed a baseline 3-pointer near the Lions’ bench to get the scoring started.
ACS bounced ahead, 4-3, before Dundas hit another 3-pointer to give the Kings a 6-4 lead. The two teams continued to trade leads in the opening quarter, but after the first eight minutes, ACS was ahead 15-14.
Kayhi hit four 3-pointers in the first eight minutes — and finished the game with eight threes. Kayhi’s JJ Parker and Josh Rhoads also hit 3-pointers in the first quarter. Parker led the Kings with 15 points — six, of which, came from behind the arc.
Parker, Rhoads, Dundas and the Kings’ Marcus Stockhausen finished the game with two threes apiece.
The second quarter started just like the first, as each team took turns jumping in front of the other.
Rhoads’ second 3-pointer gave the Kings a brief 24-23 lead with 2:40 left in the first half. But 50 seconds later ACS jumped ahead, 25-24, and never looked back. Kayhi trailed 34-26 at the half, and 50-35 after three quarters.
Parker scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, knocking down a three, three 2-pointers and a pair of free throws in the frame. Both he and Clayton Olstad had three rebounds apiece, leading the Kings in that category. Kayhi finished the game with 15 rebounds.
Kayhi and Lumen Christi High School will go head-to-head on Friday afternoon. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. The game will be livestreamed on the NFHS Network website.
Kayhi: JJ Parker 15; Clayton Olstad 6; Josh Rhoads 6; Archie Dundas 6; Marcus Stockhausen 6; Jared Rhoads 6; Andrew Kleinschmidt 4.
ACS: Matt Sanders 23; Sean Malinis 11; Wade McFarland 10; Desloane Cook 9; JD McGee 4; Jeph English 4.
*Names and stats courtesy of official scorebook.