Hutch beats Lathrop at their own game at "Silent Night" opener

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Hutchison Hawks just may have beaten the Lathrop Malemutes for the first time in its program's history last night at the Malemutes' seventh annual Silent Night Game. A feat considering the fact that Hutch falls under the Class 3A Aurora Conference and Lathrop, a step higher at the 4A AC.
It was quite the matchup that ended with Hutch victorious at 70-67.
Though it's certainly something worthy of praise, it doesn't count towards either team's record as it was an endowment game.
This particular game was affectionately dubbed "The Silent Night Game"; an annual play on the Malemute's first game every year where the audience stays quiet until either team reaches 10 points, to where they are allowed to go as crazy as they please. This is set in place to honor the passing of Joseph Tremarello, a prominent figure in the local basketball community.
This amplified a matchup that was highly competitive from the get-go. Before the end of the first the Malemutes pulled off an 11-7 lead over Hutch.
Running forward into the second, the Hawks pulled of an incredible sprint bringing them to 41-36 by the beginning of the break. The tables were set, the game was tied up by the half-way point in the third and finally the Hawks escaped with a victory that awaited them for years.
This was thanks to senior Ross Matherly who made 23 points; more than any single player in the game, Cormac Kesey who took 15 and Deion Frank who secured 12.