March 2 was a tough day for the local boys basketball teams, who each saw their seasons come to an end in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference basketball tournament at West High.
The Eagle River boys had no answer for West guard Dominique "Choppy" Queen, who scored 23 points in the first half to held the No. 1 seed Eagles fly to an 83-44 win over the Wolves.
Queen hit five 3-pointers in the first half as the Eagles built a 45-16 halftime lead.
Dominic Young had eight points and seven rebounds, and Colton Palmer scored seven points, grabbed seven boards and blocked two shots for Eagle River, which finished the season 2-18.
A second-quarter Chugiak surge didn't carry over into the second half as the second-seeded Bartlett Golden Bears used a 23-3 run in the third quarter to end the Mustangs' season with a 66-53 win in the opening round of the CIC tournament on March 2 at West High.
The Mustangs ended the first half on a 12-0 run to pull within a point of Bartlett, then grabbed the lead at 35-34 early in the third quarter. But the Golden Bears caught fire in the final five minutes of the third, and Chugiak never got the lead back to single digits.
Colby Mitchell had game-highs of 24 points, eight rebounds and three steals for Chugiak, which also got six points and a seven assists from Greg Ghramm and 13 points from Dylan Fullmer.
Trent Anthony led Bartlett with 17 points.
Chugiak finished the season 7-14.
This article published in The Alaska Star on Thursday, March 3, 2011.