• Mametieff and Klaich combine for 118 points in 3 games
By Sean Pearson
While Monday’s 45-49 loss to the Skyview Panthers was a difficult home defeat to endure, the Nikolaevsk boys basketball team continued to show some impressive shooting following their championship title at the Cook Inlet Classic on Saturday.
The Warriors finished the round-robin tournament with a 3-0 record and some pretty hefty point totals, proving they were quite serious about their game this season. Nikolaevsk edged conference rival Cook Inlet Academy 63-61 to take the weekend tourney championship.
Nikolaevsk got 30 points from Eric Mametieff, while Anatoli Fefelov added 12. Anthony Yakunin picked up 11 and Blake Klaich had 10.
The Warriors also topped the Nanwalek Eagles 75-44, this time behind a 25-point scoring effort from Klaich. Jonah Fefelov added 12 points, while Mametieff had 11. Neil Gordeev and Anthony Yakunin each had 10 points.
“I think we beat CIA with our experience,” Mametieff said. “We have four seniors and a junior in our starting line-up and we managed to make some clutch plays as a team.”
Mametieff said he felt like he was shooting well at the tournament, but credited much of his success to his teammates.
“They had great passes, and that led to a lot of open jump shots,” he said.
With the team having only three games under their belt so far this season, the senior forward found it a bit too soon to make any kind of speculations about the Warriors’ future.
“Honestly, we have a lot to work on,” he said. “I think if we all hustle really hard – and I mean everyone on the ground, going for the ball, all the time — we have a chance. Not including teamwork.
And if we can get our passing game going, it would help also.”
Lady Warriors roll
The Nikolaevsk Lady Warriors handed the Lady Panthers a 28-17 defeat on Monday, thanks to even scoring across the bench. Kilina Klaich and Sophia Kalugin led Nikolaevsk with seven points each.
In weekend tourney action, the Lady Warriors took second place by topping Ninilchik 37-12. Nine Nikolaevsk players scored, with Nianiella Dorvall’s eight points leading the way. Lady Wolverine Kaylee Smith led Ninilchik with nine points.
In earlier action, Nikolaevsk fell to Cook Inlet Academy 30-38. The two small-school teams are expected to battle for top spot in the conference all year. The Lady Warriors once again spread the scoring around evenly, with Kilina Klaich, Sophia Kalugin and Megan Hickman
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