The Cook Inlet Conference tournament continued on Thursday with Service pulling an upset over Chugiak in boy’s basketball. Chugiak senior Josh Williams had a last second shot to win the game, but the shot failed to hit the mark, leaving the Mustangs on the short end of a 43-42 final score.
If the Service Cougars can win on Friday or win the third-place game on Saturday, they will advance to the state tournament. This would be quite an achievement, considering their youth (one senior, two juniors, two sophomores and 6 freshmen) and the fact that they only won two games last season.
“It’s a really amazing turnaround,” said Service’s only senior player, Nate Klie. “It’s nice to win now, and I see them doing well in the future.”
Klie’s only bucket of the game was the game-winning score. He put the Cougars ahead 43-41 when he crashed the boards for an offensive rebound and put the ball back in with 69 seconds on the clock.
Bartlett outshoots East
The Bartlett boys beat East by the score of 60 to 53 in a game that featured shooting talent from both stripes.
Bartlett hit five three-pointers and East only made one. Bartlett also outscored East from the free-throw line, 13-2. East was just 2 of 9 from the charity stripe while the Golden Bears went 13 of 19.
Malik King of Bartlett went 6 of 7 from the free-throw line on his way to leading all scorers with 16 points.
In girl’s basketball tournament action, Chugiak cruised to an easy victory over Bartlett, winning 47 to 33. Chugiak led 18-3 after the first quarter and never looked back. Emily Watzke shined for Chugiak with 11 points, six steals and four rebounds.
In a closer contest, the East girls beat Service 65-60. They were led by Rachel Schoenborn who scored 20 points.