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Whalers take 2nd at Alaska Prep Shootout

January 19th | Tommy Wells Print this article   Email this article  

The Barrow Whalers may not have walked away from the Alaska Prep Shootout with the tournament championship on Saturday, but they may have emerged from the Dimond High School gym with something even more important.

Confidence.

The Whalers closed out a successful run at the tournament on Saturday by finishing second in the overall standings. A perennial power, Barrow's retooled lineup advanced to a tournament's title round for the first time this season.

Making its first appearance in a tournament championship game since last season, Barrow rolled through the first two rounds of action before facing off with Dimond in the title game. Dimond managed to escape with a 49-44 victory.

Dimond's ability to clean up around the boards played a significant role in the Lynx's ability to edge Barrow in the finals. Dimond out rebounded the Whalers by a 27-17 clip in the contest.

Brendon Matthews starred for the Whalers in the title round, going off for a team-high 14 points. The BHS standout lit up the Lynx defense for four three-point shots.

Senior Travis Adams also played well. The point guard scored 13 points and dished out a team-high six assists.

Adams and teammate Mese Unatoa were selected to the all-tournament squad.

Barrow claimed a pair of clutch wins in the first two rounds to earn a berth in the championship game. On Thursday, the Whalers survived a 59-58 scare from Juneau-Douglas in the first round. On Friday, they upended Chugiak in the semifinals by a 63-53 margin.

Barrow, which is scheduled to host East Anchorage, Juneau and Monroe Catholic in the annual Whaler Invitational on Jan. 25-27, will return to action this weekend with a trip to Sitka to face off against Sitka and Mt. Edgecumbe.

All-tournament team

Erik Kelly Juneau-Douglas

Varter Moore Dimond

Jersey Truesdale Soldotna

Kyler Maisey Dimond

Jamal Alstrom Mt. Edgecumbe

Evan Hoosier, Dimond

Mese Unatoa Barrow

Derryle Snell Chugiak

Travis Adams Barrow

Tobin Karlberg Grace Christian

MVP - Nicolas Horning Dimond

 

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