Alaska crowns 4 high-school basketball champions
Metlakatla and Unalaska's boys saved the best for last, amid a quartet of games Saturday which decided Alaska's high-school basketball championships.
The teams capped off a busy Saturday in the ASAA/First National State Bank Alaska State Championships at the Alaska Airlines Center.
Metlakatla and Unalaska battled in what turned out to be the most exciting game for the 2A boys title.
Danny Marsden and Connor Hudson each poured in 13 points for Metlakata to lead the Chiefs to to a come-from-behind 49-45 win, and the state title.
"I am blessed to be in the community of Metlakatka with great fans, great community, and unbelievably hard working players that listen and care about each other, and care about me, and the town of Metlakatla," said head coach Tony Scott.
Metlakatla did have a chance to take home a second title, as its girls team faced Tikigaq for the 2A crown.
However, Bridget Oviok poured in a game-high 27 points, as Tikigaq got the 47-38 win.
"We have an all-around team," head coach Ramona Rock said after the game. "They have been playing against big schools -- 4A, 3A, 1A -- we have been beating a lot of their opponents by 30 points. They've been doing a good job; we have two seniors, they are outstanding."
Noatak and Nunamiut battled for the boys 1A crown, in what turned out to be a one-sided affair.
Noatak dominated throughout the game, as the Lynx led 36-14 at the half en route to a 71-35 victory.
Robert Sheldon led the way for Noatak with 23 points.
"I wasn't too surprised because I know how great this team is, they worked really hard to get to where they are at right now," said Noatak head coach Brianna Kirk. "I'm really proud of them."
The day started with Aniak and Selawik facing off for the 1A girls title.
Tied at 9 after the first quarter, Aniak led at the half, 27-18.
Both teams exchanged leads in the second half, before Aniak took control late-game as the the Halfbreeds clinched the title with a 55-44 victory.
"It's not only our team, but, the Southwest region of Alaska, better yet, our Kuskokwim Conference, that's a win for them too, this is our second championship in 17 years, so, enjoy the moments, being a very big thing for Aniak," said head coach Wayne Morgan.
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