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Story Last modified at 9:50 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Chugiak, Eagle River boys run out of time in late, strong ball play

Alaska Star staff


Eagle River's Dominic Young goes up over Service's Darren Muller during Service's 68-64 win at Eagle River on Feb. 15. Young scored 26 points in the loss.
STAR PHOTO by Matt Tunseth

High school basketball games are 48 minutes long. If they were a bit longer, the Chugiak and Eagle River boys' basketball teams might have a couple more wins under their belts.

Both teams dug themselves deep holes on Feb. 15 before using furious comeback efforts to turn lopsided games into close affairs.

Eagle River fell 66-61 to Service after trailing by as many as 16 points in the first half.

"We've always been a second half team," said Eagle River's Dominic Young, who finished with a game-high 26 points in the loss.

The loss was the third in a row for the Wolves, which fell to 2-11 overall and 1-9 in the Cook Inlet Conference.

Despite the loss, Young said his team gained a measure of confidence after outscoring Service by ten points in the second half.

"We just need to get all four quarters together," Young said.

Nate Yaw added 17 points for the Wolves, which also fell 89-55 to Bartlett on Feb. 9 and 74-43 to Dimond on Feb. 11.

Chugiak, meanwhile, trailed first-place West by a whopping 25-7 after one quarter, then outscored the high-powered Eagles the rest of the way in their 68-54 loss at Chugiak. Colby Mitchell led the comeback effort with 16 points, but West's frontcourt duo of Devon Bookert (19 points) and Gatpan Panoam (15 points, 15 rebounds) was too much to overcome.

Chugiak has been playing better of late. After taking a tight 69-64 loss to East on Feb. 9, the Mustangs rallied to end a seven-game losing streak with a 63-58 win over Bartlett on Feb. 11 behind 21 points from Mitchell and 19 from Greg Ghramm.

The West loss dropped Chugiak to 6-10 overall and 2-8 in the CIC.


Boys Feb. 11

Feb. 9 Dimond 74, Eagle River 43

Bartlett 89, Eagle River 55 Chugiak 63, Bartlett 58 East 69, Chugiak 64

Feb. 15

West 68, Chugiak 54

Service 66, Eagle River 61

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, February 16, 2011.