KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The South Anchorage Wolversines and the Wilsonville Wildcats will meet in the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic championship basketball game on Thursday night after wins in semifinal matchups on Wednesday at Ketchikan High School.
The tournament host Kayhi Kings will face Valdez Buccaneers in the third place game at 5:45 p.m.
Here’s a recap of the Wednesday boys’ bracket matchups:
South Anchorage Wolverines 59
Kayhi Kings 49
Things were going Kayhi’s way during the first few minutes of the King’s semifinal game against the South Anchorage Wolverines on Wednesday evening.
The Kings’ Clayton Olstad hit a two-point bucket. Joeben Lorenzo made a free-throw, followed by a 3-pointer. Olstad drained a 3-pointer to put the Kings up 9-1 halfway through the first quarter. Then South Anchorage began to find its grove while Kayhi’s offense went cold.
South Anchorage had a slim 10-9 lead that Olstad erased with an early second-quarter bucket. After the lead changed hands, the Kings JJ Parker tied things back up at 13-13. South Anchorage then roared ahead, bouyed by three 3-pointers by Ron Childress.
By halftime, the score was 30-18 in the Wolverines favor.
During the secon half, Kayhi mostly kept pace with S. Anchorage, assisted in the half by some clutch free-throw shooting by Lorenzo and Olstad, who collectively went 10 for 13 from the line. but the clock ran out on the Kings, with South Anchorage holding on for the 59-49 win that puts them into the Clarke Cochrane tournament championship game against the Wilsonville Wildcats at 9:15 p.m. Thursday.
Olstad led the Kings with 20 points, while Childress paced S. Anchorage with 17.
The two teams are scheduled to meet again in a non-tournament game scheduled for noon Friday at the Ketchikan High School gymnasium.
South Anchorage Wolverines: Ron Childress, 17; Chris Fuller, 12; Luke Ivanoff, 11; Alonso Ponce De Leon, 9; Zach Williamson, 6; Owen Denmon, 4.
Kayhi Kings: Clayton Olstad, 20; Joeben Lorenzo, 13; Josh Rhoads, 8; JJ Parker, 6; Archie Dundas, 2.
Wilsonville Wildcats 64; Valdez Buccaneers 30
Oregon’s Wilsonville Wildcats continued to play solid basketball during the Clarke Cochrane tournament, rolling to a 64-30 win against the Valdez Buccaneers.
The Wildcats held a 39-15 lead at the half, driven by 14 first-half points by Logan Thebiay. The 6’10 senior center would finish the contest with 20 points. Tristan Davis — a 6’7” junior center — added 13 points, while another eight Wildcats put points on the board during the contest.
Valdez’ Payton Gage paced the Buccaneers with a total of 11 points.
Although the fourth quarter was almost even in scoring, Wilsonville finished the game with a 64-30 win.
Wilsonville Wildcats: Logan Thebiay, 20; Tristan Davis, 4; Kyle Counts, 9; Maxim Wu, 12; Kyle Counts, 9; Enzo Chimienti, 5; Maxim Wu, 5; Kallen Gutridge, 5; Ryan Soderlund, 2; Bradley Keswick, 2; Nick Colyer, 2; Kellen Hartford, 1.
Valdez Buccaneers: Payton Gage, 11; Dennis Mott, 5; Nick Alfaro, 4; Allen Watson, 4; Bryce Tucker, 2; Dillon Fowler, 2; Hunter Mathews, 2.
Unalakleet Wolfpack 68; Petersburg Vikings 57
Unalakleet’s Cody Ivanoff conducted a scoring clinic Wednesday, hitting for 33 points over the course of the Wolfpack’s 68-57 win against the Petersburg Vikings.
The Vikings, meanwhile, were a study in fortitude. Having played two games against tough opponents on Tuesday, Petersburg stayed focused against the Wolfpack, with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by senior Micheal Durkin tieing the game at 28-28 going into halftime.
The Vikings took a brief 30-28 lead early in the third quarter, but Unalakleet soon forged back ahead and fended off Petersburg’s consistent efforts to significantly close the gap.
The fourth quarter opened with Unalakleet up 48-41, and the Wolfpack widened the margin to 15 points with about 1:10 remaining. Petersburg stayed in the game, trimming the margin back to 11 by game’s end.
Three players — Petersburg’s Durkin and Jack Engell, and Unalakleet’s Carter Commack, each scored 18 points during matchup.
Unalakleet Wolfpack: Cody Ivanoff, 33; Carter Commack, 18; Kanayaq Ivanoff, 8; Kael Erickson, 6; Johnathon Katchatag, 3.
Petersburg Vikings: Michael Durkin, 18; Jack Engell, 18; Rik Cumps, 6; Kyle Biggers, 5; Lathum Johnson, 5 Hunter Conn, 4; Andrew Cole, 2.
Metlakatla Chiefs 68 ; Hutchison Hawks 29
The Metlakatla Chiefs took this game to the hoop early and often, getting a 17-point, five 3-pointer performance from Cameron Gaube in the 68-29 win over the Fairbanks-area Hutchison High School Hawks.
It was the Hawks’ first game of the tournament after its arrival in Ketchikan was delayed by woeful weather in the Alaska Interior. Hutchison’s seven-man roster was led Wednesday by 14 points from senior Ryan Young, and another 11 points by Zach Person.
The Chiefs, meanwhile, had offense contributions from across their roster while consistently widening the scoring gap. Seven Metlakatla players scored in the Chiefs’ 20-point fourth quarter alone. Among those was Trinity Jackson, who added 14 points to the Chiefs' total over the course of the game — including four buckets for eight points in the third quarter.
Metlakatla Chiefs: Cameron Gaube, 17; Trinity Jackson, 14; Harvey Booth, 9; Gabe Buxton, 7; Shayne Anderson, 7; Aaron O’Brien, 6; Jayden Buhler, 3; Troy Russell, 3; Mason Rolando, 2.
Hutchison Hawks: Ryan Young, 14; Zach Person, 11; Evan Moss, 4.
Kayhi JV/C 54; Hydaburg Warriors 13
Wednesday’s early morning (7:30 a.m. start time) matchup featured the Hydaburg Warriors and the Kayhi JV/C squad.
Kayhi established an early lead, scoring 15 points in the first quarter while limiting the young Hydaburg squad to four points by DaQuan Edenshaw. Edenshaw led the Warriors with a total of eight points during the game.
The Kings had a balanced scoring contributions across its squad, led by Trey Colbert with 14 points and Taryn Perez with 11 points.
Kayhi would ultimately conclude the game with a 54-13 win.
Kayhi JV/C: Trey Colbert, 14; Taryn Perez, 11; Lukas Vest, 7; Kyle Secrest, 7; Jonathan Scoblic, 6; Yeil Bryant-Guthrie, 4; Quinn Hudson, 2; Pehja Hudson, 2; Jace Booth, 1.
Hydaburg Warriors: DaQuan Edenshaw, 8; Lorin Sanderson, 3; Allen Kaneki, 2.
Boys Thursday Schedule
10:45 a.m. Peterburg v Hutchison (7th/8th place game)
2:15 p.m. Metlakatla v. Unalakleet (4th/6th place game)
5:45 p.m. Valdez v. Ketchikan (3rd/5th place game)
9:15 p.m. Wilsonville v. South Anchorage (Championship game)