FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Day One of the ASAA Tournament has already shown some upsets and great overall action.
But we focus in on the fifth seeded Eielson Ravens and the fourth seeded Nome-Beltz Nanooks.
The Ravens came into the contest as the second berth from the Aurora Conference and used their daunting defense to put away the Nooks in the first round.
Brock Renson led the defensive charge as they won 60-36.
Renson gobbled up rebounds and got some timely blocks to help set the tone.
The gameplan that the Dirty Birds had was to grab offensive boards and create havoc in their full court press.
Matthew Scarboro was clutch from the free throw line for the Ravens as he went 11-12 on his way to 15 points and nine rebounds.
Eielson as a program had 19 steals and force 26 turnovers on Nome.
They now prepare for the ACS Lions in the next round of the 3A Boys basketball tournament.
"We're not satisfied, we came here to win. We look at every team as very beatable. We're not backing down from any team. We're known as the Ravens for a reason. We're coming here to win and we really are confident this year. It's contagious when one person on the team plays really well, when they're hustling, other players on your team notice that, and they get fired up too. Then the whole team starts... They're fluid. Very Fluid," said Renson.
Nicolas Petit also spoke on the Iditarod.
"More than ever I know that their mental well-being is more than just 'I'm happy this second.' They have a very good memory and you have to take that into consideration when you do anything with anybody. They're a dog team. It's not a snowmachine. I always knew that part. But just because there's nothing physically there, there might be something mentally there. It's not like we're learning this but it reinforces it," said Petit.