Warriors roll to Dean Cummings championship

by Tommy Wells

The Bethel Regional High School Warriors were doubly happy this past Saturday when they walked off the Delta Junction High School basketball court. Not only had they completed a perfect 3-0 run en route to winning the annual Dean Cummings Memorial Basketball Tournament, but they had beaten rival Nome-Beltz in the finals to seal the deal.

Bethel, which is scheduled to compete in its own tournament this weekend, got a balanced scoring effort in its 77-68 victory over Nome. The Warriors had four players, including Jarvis Evans, Jamin Crow, Lawrence Poe and Peter Crow, score into double figures in the victory.

Evans led all BRHS scorers in the championship game by throwing in a team-high 22 points, including 12 of which that came via four three-point shots.

Jamin Crow and Poe added 19 and 17, respectively. Peter Crow finished with 11.

Nome’s Gareth Hansen helped Nome to stay close. The N-BHS standout accounted for almost half of the Nanooks’ points by pitching in a season-high 33.

Evans and Jamin Crow were both named to the all-tournament team. Poe was chosen as the tournament’s Defensive MVP.

Bethel kicked off the tournament with a solid showing on Thursday against Hutchison. The Warriors collected double-digit efforts from Evans, Crow, Hayden Lieb and Peter Crow while cruising to a 79-74 victory.

Evans led all Bethel scorers with 23 points. Jamin added 22, while Lieb and Peter Crow chipped in 15 and 10.

The Warriors punched their way into the championship game with a six-point win over Unalaska in Friday’s semifinal round.