by Delta Discovery Staff
Braves fans and Nanook fans cheered their hardest for their Edgecumbe (MEHS) and Nome teams Friday night at the 3A State Basketball boys tournament at Wasilla High School, both teams lost and went into the consolation bracket.
Edgecumbe was defeated by the Anchorage Christian Lions 82-63.
Captain for the Braves, Ronald Alstrom-Beans was on fire scoring 28 for the Braves, 15 of those being from 3 point shots. Also scoring in double-figures was Mason Ivanoff who had 15, and Ranen Wassillie who scored 13.
Alstrom-Beans fouled out in the fourth quarter after playing much of the second half with four fouls.
Four Anchorage Christian players hit the double digits for scoring. JD McGee scored 20, Joshua Davis had 19, Sean Malinis hit 15, and Matthew Sanders scored 14.
Edgecumbe hit 13 of the 17 free throws, ACS made 6 out of 13.
End of first quarter score was 29 ACS, 13 MEHS. ACS picked up 15 points in the second quarter, Edgecumbe had 10. End of second quarter score was 44 ACS, 23 MEHS. In the third quarter Edgecumbe scored point for point along with ACS, both teams had 19. End of third quarter score was 63-42.
The Braves outscored the Lions in the fourth quarter, 21 to 19, but it wasn’t enough to stem the Lion’s onslaught. The Braves picked up 10 fouls, the Lions 17 – including one T. Edgecumbe had 30 turnovers, the Lions 15.
The Lions Cheer team kept their fans on their feet. The Braves had their #1 fan Mr. Gurule the MEHS academic principal leading a cheer. Former Braves were in the crowd cheering for their team.
The Cheerleader of the Game award went to Kate Carol of the ACS Lions. The Players of the Game were #33 Mason Ivanoff and #10 Joshua Davis of ACS.
ACS boys advanced to the championship game where they will play the Monroe Catholic Rams of Fairbanks on Saturday, March 27th, 2021.
For the other semifinal game, the Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Nome Nanooks by 17 points, 50-33. The Rams had three players finish in the double digits. Jase McCullough scored 15, Thomas Bast had 13, and Quinn McHenry scored 12.
The Nanooks’ Dawson Schaeffer had 12 and Stephan Anderson scored 11.
Both teams had 13 turnovers. Nome committed 20 fouls to the Ram’s 13. Monroe got 9 out of their 16 freethrows, Nome hit 5 of 11.
End of quarter scores were 1st quarter: Monroe 13, Nome 6. Second quarter Monroe 29, Nome 14. Third was 38 Monroe, 24 Nome.
The Nanooks had awesome passing in the third. They outscored the Rams 10-9 which included a buzzer beater by #22 Stephan Anderson.
Monroe’s Ashton Huntington was injured in the fourth quarter and sat out the rest of the game.
The Cheerleader of the Game award went to Savannah Tisateski of the Nome Nanooks.
Next week the State 1A/2A basketball tournaments will begin April 1st – 3rd.