Nanooks end 2013 with a win

FAIRBANKS-Last night at the Patty Center the Alaska men's basketball team took on the Northland International Pioneers.

The Pioneers came in losing their past two games to UAA by an average of 66 points but these weren't the same Pioneers. They had an early 5-0 lead after a Josh Conover three pointer. He led the Pioneers with 16 points.

The Nooks responded with a 9-0 run and would not look back. Ronnie Baker had a game high 18 points and Stefan Tica chipped in 15 as Alaska closed out the 2013 athletic calendar with an 84-66 win.

John Renfro, a West Valley product and Southern Utah transfer made his first appearance of the season as healed an ankle injury. Renfro scored seven points in his first five minutes of game action, finishing with nine points on 4-8 shooting and added a three pointer.

He talked about being back on the court for the first time in front of a home crowd.

"Man, it felt great.  I was really excited.  Trainers did a great job helping me get back.  All the support from my parents, family, the team...it feels great to get back out on the court," Renfro said.

2014 will also be Renfro's first time playing in the GNAC. These were his thoughts as the conference slate gets started on Jan.2.

"We got a great confidence.  We all gotta be in tip-top, we gotta change some things, we gotta improve a lot...but we'll be good."