by Tommy Wells
The Bethel Regional High School spoiled the Bristol Bay Angels’ two-game venture into the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta this weekend by claiming a wild 40-39 overtime victory on Saturday afternoon in front a large crowd in the WarriorDome.
Bethel broke open a 30-30 deadlock at the end of regulation by outscoring Bristol Bay by a 10-9 mark in the extra frame.
Bristol Bay, which collected 10 points from Ethan Johnson and Austin King, jumped on top early. The Angels reeled off nine points in the first quarter and tacked on seven more in the ensuing frame and took a 16-11 lead into the half.
Bethel fought its way back. The Warriors posted a 19-14 run in the second and forced the game into OT.
Bristol Bay kicked off its Y-K appearance on a high note on Friday by grabbing a 52-34 win over Kuskokwim Learning Academy. In that game, Bristol Bay’s Peter Geffe and Joel Kern tossed in 16 and 10 points, respectively.
Nigel Angaiak of Tununak led all KLA players with 14. Stewart Felix from Toksook Bay added nine, while Michael Lincoln, also of Tununak, chipped in five. David Bunyan and Garner Unok also added three and two, respectively.
KLA turned in a stellar outing later against Togiak. Michael Asicksik of Tununak, Michael Lincoln and Eugene Alexie of Toksook Bay, all scored into double figures in a wild 78-72 loss to Togiak.
Asicksik led all KLA scorers with a game-high 40 points – 23 of which came in the second half. Lincoln and Alexie tallied 13 and 11, respectively.
Jordan Wassillie, who knocked down nine three-pointers in the contest, led Togiak with 36 points. Peter Gust and Eddie Green contributed 17 and 10, respectively.
In girls’ basketball action, the Napaskiak Lady Hawks picked up a nail-biting 64-63 win over Akiuk.
Anecia Evan turned in a stellar outing for Napaskiak by scoring 22 points. Desiree Maxie and Charity Maxie added 17 apiece, while Megan Williams tossed in eight.
Leah Demientieff led all Akiuk scorers with 24. Esther Berlin and Alana Tinker chipped in 16 and 10, respectively.
Akiuk also suffered a 71-29 loss to the Bristol Bay Lady Angels.
In the game, Alana Tinker and Stephanie Wasillie both poured in a team-high eight points. Esther Berlin chipped in seven, while Leah Demientieff added six.
Hannah Moorcraft led Bristol Bay with 18.