The North Pole Patriots fell to the Lathrop Malemutes, playing in memory of the late Mark Peterson

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Lathrop Malemutes boys' basketball program captured their first victory of the season last night, playing against the North Pole Patriots.
However, that wasn't the story, as the Patriots were playing with heavy hearts as they played for the late Mark Peterson.
Peterson starred for the North Pole Program during the 80's and they wore shirts with Big Hands 44 on the back in his memory.
The Malemutes won 63-45 over the Patriots, as Tyriq Luke dropped 17 on the Pats.
Lathrop did this behind their presence inside, as they only hit one three from downtown.
Jakobee Johnson chipped in 15 as the Malemutes' defense held the Patriots to only 4 points in the second quarter.
Juan P. Sanchez led the Patriots with 14 points.
The next time Lathrop hits the court, they will be in the Joe T. Classic next week, while North Pole will look to grab a win tomorrow night at home against Monroe.
Head Coach Travis Church spoke after the game about playing for Mark Peterson.
"We talked about playing for him, he put in four big years at North Pole we just wanted to show that we appreciated his time, and part of our family still to this day. It's a shame that we put up 45 because he wore 44, but before that he wore 45 so I guess there is something in there. I am glad we played for him today," said Church.
The Lathrop Malemutes girls' team took down the North Pole Patriots 72-41 thanks to Lathrop's Big 3, with Olivia Kraska, Torrin Johnson Oates and Ella Roberts combining for 37 points.
The Malemutes as a team hit 8 threes on the night, helping their offense pull away from the Pats.
The Patriots held in with Lathrop through two quarters, as Claire Richmond and Bree O'Rear did their best to crash the boards.
However, the Malemutes took off in the second half with their defense coming together to put North Pole away.
The Malemutes will look to take their momentum into the Ice Jam tournament, while the Patriots will look to rebound tomorrow night against the Monroe Catholic Rams at home.