Islander’s unable to overcome a tough shooting night in State Championships

by Shore on March 19, 2014

The ‘Islanders’ of Toksook Bay dominated their way through the opening rounds of the 2014 1A Alaska State Tournament, but would not find similar success in the Championship Final. The Islanders were matched up against the returning 1A champions- the Chieftains of Klawock High School.

The game got off to a slow start on both teams’ accounts, and neither team was able to convert early opportunities. In the first quarter Toksook Bay shot 27% from the field, while Klawock shot just 33%, which was good enough to hold a 10-6 lead.

The second-quarter was a similar story to the first for Toksook Bay as they were only able to create 12 shot attempts, while making just 4 of those 12. By the end of the first half of play Klawock was able to stretch their lead to fourteen points, going into the locker-room with a 29-15 lead over the Islanders.

The shooting woes continued for the Islanders in the third quarter, as they would add just 6 points in the quarter. Meanwhile, Klawock would have their best quarter of the game by adding 16 to their total to take a 45-21 lead into the final quarter.

The Islanders best shooting came in the 4th quarter, converting 4 of 8 from behind the three-point arch on a night were they shot 4 of  20 from three-point-land, and 5 of 11 from the field. The Islanders’ 22-point effort in the fourth quarter would not be enough to overcome the Chieftain lead, and Klawock would go on to win 55 to 43.

Klawock’s Tyrus Morgan led all scorers with 20 points. Toksook Bay was led in scoring by the team’s lone Senior, Matthew Pitka, who finished with 14 points.

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