Whalers lose opener to Bethel
The Barrow High School Whalers didn't get off to the start of Western Conference play they had wanted this past weekend, dropping a pair of games to rival Bethel in a weekend twinbill at the BRHS WarriorDome.
"I thought we had some regression this week, and we can't afford to go backwards," said BHS head coach Jeremy Arnhart. "I give a lot of credit to Bethel, they have an outstanding team.?
Barrow struggled to get its offense untracked throughout the weekend. The Whalers were held to single-digit scores in half of the eight quarters they played, and managed to shoot less than 50 percent from the floor.
Bethel didn't make life any easier by turning in a scorching effort from beyond the three-point arc. The Warriors buried 21 three-pointers in the two games, including 11 in Saturday's finale. Barrow's struggles began early in the series. The Whalers, despite a three-point shot from Lawrence Kaleak, managed just six shots from the field in the first quarter on Friday and found themselves trailing 27-11 after the first eight minutes of play.
Tony Dunbar helped the Whalers rally a bit in the second. He pushed in six of his 11 points in the frame and helped spur a 16-12 run that cut Bethel's lead to 39-27 at the half.
We had our moments, especially in the first game, but were not able to sustain any rhythm throughout the game," Arnhart said. "We really didn't execute in any phase of the game.?We broke down the film, there were a few bright spots, but we have some glaring problems."
Kevin Goodwin, Glenn Suvlu, Addison Itta, Makana Ahgeak and Taylor Masterson also pushed in baskets in the second. Bethel regained the upper hand in the second half, however. The Warriors posted a 12-9 run in the third quarter and then pounded out a 29-16 spree in the fourth to close out the 80-51 win.
Kaleak led all Barrow scorers in Game 1, finishing with 16 points, including 14 of the Whalers' final 24 points.
Suvlu finished with eight. Bethel closed out the series on Saturday with a 77-29 decision. The Warriors blistered the BHS defense early. Bethel outscored Barrow by a 44-12 clip in the first 16 minutes of the game and never looked back.
Suvlu and Kaleak led all Barrow scorers in the game. Suvlu finished with 10 points, while Kaleak added eight.
Carlie Romer led Bethel's offensive efforts with 26 points, 21 of which came via seven three pointers. Arnhart said this weekend's home games with Kotzebue, will give the team another opportunity to work on its game.
?We must correct our mistakes, and keep getting better with every week," he said. "We are going to have some 'battles' this week in practice, improve, and get our guys ready for the last half of the season."