A first-half nail-biter became a second half blowout as the Kayhi Kings found a few extra gears to post a 68-32 win against the Lumen Christi Archangels early Friday evening during the second day of the O’Brady Invitational basketball tournament at South Anchorage High School.

Lumen Christi — the 2021 1A Division state champion — hadn’t been scheduled to play in the O’Brady but had joined the event after the Chugiak High School squad was unable to participate.

The Archangels and Kings both posted losses on day one of tournament. Kayhi fell to Anchorage Christian 61-49 on Thursday; while Lumen Christi lost to tournament host South Anchorage, 79-57.

Kayhi opened up a speedy 8-0 lead before Lumen Christi’s sharpshooting duo of Tim Bennett and Robert Wilcox put the Archangels ahead 11-8 at the quarter and increased the lead to 19-13 three minutes into the second period.  

The Kings slowly began to make up ground. Archie Dundas drained the first of his four 3-pointers, followed by a bucket from Jared Rhoads and a last second 3-pointer by Marcus Stockhausen. Kayhi found itself ahead 22-21 at the half.

Dundas and JJ Parker opened the third quarter with a pair of 3-pointers. Lumen Christi pulled back within two before Dundas’ third 3-point shot opened the scoring floodgates for the Kings.

Keyed by an aggressive defense, the Kings offense opened up with some crisp team play and efficient shooting (62% on the night).

The score was 42-29 going into the fourth quarter, and 68-32 at the end. Dundas would finish with a Kayhi-high 17 points (and earn player of the game honors) — and all but one player on the Kayhi roster scored at least two points in the contest.

And on a night when Kayhi posted 16 assists. 33 rebounds and 14 steals, senior Zach Hanchey’s numbers were among the best.

According to Kayhi stats, Hanchey had three assists, six rebounds and five steals in addition to nine points.

“Zach always brings energy,” Kayhi coach Eric Stockhausen said after the game. “ ... We remind the boys of this all the time —  we shoot well and play well when our defense is playing with the energy expected and doing the things necessary. So Zach's really the start of that energy.

And while Hanchey might not be a top-scorer, “he absolutely brings it every day,” Stockhausen said. “And when one person does, it's kind of contagious and he's consistent for us with that.”

The fourth quarter was one of those seen by Kayhi a few times so far this season, with the play relaxed, confident and evidencing a team spirit.

“I thought all of our guys demonstrated what we know they can do. That was the first time we had multiple guys put that together at the same time,” Stockhausen said. “So that, that was fun to watch them share the ball and make that extra pass and get their teammate a better shot, a good shot. So that's how it's supposed to be done. And we're moving in the right direction.”

Up next for Kayhi will be Grace Christian High School, which lost to Colony High School by a buzzer-beating 45-43 margin on Thursday before beating Bartlett High School 80-59 on Friday. The teams will be squaring off in the O’Brady tournament’s fourth/six place game at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Stockhausen noted that Grace Christian is a potential 3A state championship team, which, if that occurs, means that Kayhi will have played three state champions teams (East Anchorage, Lumen Christi and Grace Christian) this week.

“This is where every single year our team improves immensely because of the events that happen on these trips,” Stockhausen said. “It may not be very obvious right away, but it's kind of the great leveling between real and imagined. And we get a dose of reality on these trips and we get to deal with them in real fashion uninterrupted for three or four days together. ... We don't always do very well on these trips, but it always ends up making us better, and taking a step in the right direction.”

Scoring Line

Kayhi Kings: Archie Dundas, 17; Clayton Olstad, 12; Jared Rhoads, 11; Zach Hanchey, 9; JJ Parker, 5; Marcus Stockhausen, 5; Josh Rhoads, 4; Kyle Congdon, 3; Andrew Kleinschmidt, 2.

Lumen Christi Archangels: Tim Bennett, 17; Robert Wilcox, 7; Brenden Gregory, 6; Sam Kaplan, 2.