FAIRBANKS-It's basketball time and the first day of the Mount McKinley Holiday Classic at Boileau Hall was a good one as the game of the night lived up to the hype. But before we get to that let's see what else went down.
In girls basketball the Monroe Lady Rams fell to the Colony Knights 53–32.
The Knights had faith. Faith Harris scored a game high 16 points leading three Knights in double figures.
It was 19 to 6 after one and Colony held the Rams to 21 points in three quarters.
Alexis Gavora led the Rams with 10 points.
In the first boys contest Colony played the Nome Nanooks.
It was a game at halftime with Colony up 26–21.
Then Knights put on the clamps allowing just nine points against Nome in the second half and Colony had a 20 point third quarter en route to a 61–30 win.
Damien Fulp had a game high 14 for Colony with two others in double figures for the Knights.
Now Monroe vs Lathrop.
Lathrop started this game strong jumping out to 12–5 lead. Travon Washington the little guy with the big man game with the hook shot. Washington led the Maleutmes with 14 points.
Lathrop led 12–11 at the end of the first. It's just the second time this season Monroe trailed after the first quarter but the Rams ended the first with some momentum and it carried over into the second with a 16–4 run led by oh just Scooter Bynum. He erupted for 8 points in the second quarter.
But the Malemutes respond cutting a 9 point deficit down to 5, 45–40 with about three minutes to go and forced a turnover.
Scooter Bynum was real. Bynum would steal the ball right back seals the game with an emphatic dunk and the Rams hold off Lathrop 53–44.
Bynum had a game high 16 points and his point guard David Stepovich added 15 points.
In other tournaments the North Pole Patriots basketball teams were in the 46th Joe Floyd/ERA Aviation Winter Classic Basketball Tournament.
Last night the boy's team faced the host Kodiak Bears and the Patriots couldn't get things going against a tough Bear defense. Kodiak hit some shots and were active on the glass early in this one.
North Pole's Anthony Gibson hit a three but he Patriots were still down 16–7 in the first quarter.
Kodiak held North Pole to single digit scoring in all four quarters and win 63–27.
On the girls side the Lady Patriots took care of business.
They faced Kotzebue and rolled to a 55–42 win. Willow Stewart had 14 points leading three Patriots in double figures. Patriots showed some scoring versatility not scoring a three and they have Josie Broderick go figure.
They're next opponent is Juneau Douglas.
Both Hutchison basketball teams came into the New Year undefeated but that would change.
The Hutchison boys' team fell for the first time this year in a classic. The final a 79–77 loss in double overtime in the ACS Pepsi Invitational to the Houston Hawks.
Darren Silas scored a season high 43 points, 12 rebounds and 8 steals. A monster game. John Morgan added 17 points and 6 boards.
The Lady Hawks continue their winning ways with a 55–45 victory over the Bethel Warriors.
Mimi Wood did it again scoring 20 points, 10 in the third quarter alone. Vanessa Hasting and Alyison Yingling added 11 and 10 points for the Hutch who is now 6-0