NORTH POLE-North Pole High School is hosting the 2014 Mid Alaska Conference tourney, and the host team ran into a tough task against the Lathrop Malemutes.
Friday's game would go back-and-forth early as North Pole would use physical basketball to hang with the Malemutes. Junior DeAndre Campbell would lead the charge for North Pole and finish with a team high 13 points.
But the second half would belong to Lathrop as they made a quick run and pushed the Patriots out of contention. Kyle Carlson had 18 points to lead the Malemutes as he was scoring both inside and out.
The 64-51 win sets up a Dog Bowl hoops rematch for the MAC boys title Saturday night between West Valley and Lathrop.