Chugiak's Colby Mitchell goes up for a shot against Nikiski during the SoHi Tip-off tournament in December. The senior forward is averaging 21.2 points through six games this season. Mitchell and the Mustangs recently returned from Ketchikan, where they defeated the host Kings to avenge a loss in the finals of the Soldotna tournament.
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When Dylan Fullmer couldn't buy a basket during the first two rounds of the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic, Chugiak coach Orin Wear told him to keep shooting
For a few minutes Thursday night, Fullmer hardly missed.
The senior guard scored 10 third-quarter points including his first two 3-pointers of the tournament and the Chugiak boys basketball team beat Ketchikan 51-43 in the third-place game at Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.
"I needed to get him in," Wear said. "I know we need Dylan. The kid can shoot the ball well. I was just going to give him an opportunity to get some shots up."
Chugiak's 6-foot-6 senior forward Colby Mitchell scored 25 points in a dominant effort, but the Mustangs didn't start putting distance between themselves and the Kings until Fullmer got hot. He started the third with a pair of pull-up jumpers, then hit back-to-back 3-pointers. Mitchell kept plugging away, scoring eight in the period as a 24-24 tie turned into a six-point Chugiak edge at the start of the fourth quarter.
Ketchikan never got closer than four points during the final eight minutes, ending the fourth with seven points and two made field goals.
"Chugiak did a nice job," Kings coach Erick Stockhausen said. "They dominated us in most areas, and we just didn't respond."
The Kings coming off of an emotional last-second loss to Anacortes, Wash., in Tuesday's semifinals looked flat at the start and never recreated the offensive flow that helped them beat Chugiak by 16 points at a tournament in Soldotna in mid-December.
Ketchikan hit seven 3-pointers in the game, but only two in the second half as the offense looked stagnant at times and only got worse when senior Chas Allen came off the floor as he was forced to do when after catching an elbow in the nose in the first quarter and when he suffered leg cramps in the fourth.
"We didn't execute," Stockhausen said. "We were supposed to have a lot of action inside, and we had no action."
Fullmer finished the game with 12 points for Chugiak, and junior Ben Perrell added eight. But no player was more consistent than Mitchell, who scored seven points in the first, seven more in the second and eight in the third.
He has averaged 23.5 points in two games against Kayhi this season.
"It's hard to stop Colby, because he's so versatile," Wear said. "Overall, he's just a hard kid to match up with."
Junior Kyle Day scored a team-high 14 points for Kayhi, which went 1-2 at its hometown tournament for the second straight season. Allen had nine and senior Jesse Lindgren added eight.
Palm Springs (Calif.) 65, Chugiak 42
Thaddeus Gray hit four 3-pointers and Palm Springs (Calif.) spread the wealth during a blowout win in the tournament semifinals on Dec. 28.
Gray finished with a team-high 13 points 12 during that early outburst and the Indians beat Chugiak 65-42 in the semifinals at Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium Tuesday.
The Indians opened their tournament with a 57-point win over Metlakatla.
Chugiak hung around for more than three quarters, trailing by just 11 at halftime. But the Mustangs could only manage a pair of free throws in the third quarter as Palm Springs scored 11 to open up a 20-point advantage.
Mitchell led Chugiak with 23 points.
Chugiak 58, Philomath (Ore.) 53
Mitchell scored 25 points 11 in the fourth quarter as Chugiak held off Philomath 58-53 on Dec. 27 in the opening game of the tournament.
Chugiak led 41-33 after three quarters and Mitchell took over down the stretch. The senior hit three field goals and had five free throws in the period, providing 11 of the Mustangs' final 17 points.
Chugiak also got 10 points from Steven Puterbaugh, six from Joe Trull and five each from Nic Harris and Logan Johnston.