• Best Western caps off dominating season with championship win
By Sean Pearson
Basketballs and sweat weren’t the only things flying around the Homer Middle School gymnasium on Monday night. With no love lost between the top two teams in Men’s City League basketball competition, plenty of trash-talking kept the championship game’s intensity high and the play physical.
In the end, however, the Best Western Riptide was the last team standing in their 58-49 win over the Bulletproof Nets.
“Yeah, in that game there was quite a bit of trash talking coming from them,” said Best Western’s Aaron Isenhour. “For the most part, our team doesn’t get caught up in that because we’re just too old for it. We have the oldest team in the league age-wise.”
After topping the rankings the entire season, the Riptide got a 15-point boost from Austin McAvoy to outlast the Nets and take the championship title for 2013. Fireman Dan Miotke and Ninilchik boys’ basketball coach Nick Finley each added nine to the Riptide’s winning cause.
“We could have played better, but our effort was there and our defense was pretty good,” said Best Western’s Aaron Isenhour. “Riptide plays team basketball and that’s why we continue to be successful year after year.”
Dennis Reutov and Corey Sutherland’s hot hands from three-point land led the Nets with 14-point performances. Royce Holm added 12.
The season’s Most Valuable Player award went to Mark Putney of the K-12 Educators.
Best Western 37 21 — 58
Nets 32 17 — 49
Riptide: Weston 5, Heath 3, Sheldon 5, Colby 4, Dan 9, Keith 2, Nick 9, AJ 6, Austin 15.
Nets: Aaron 2, Corey 14, Dennis 14, Eden 1, Casey 4, Josh 2, Royce 12.
Fouls: BW 12, Nets 18.
1. Best Western — 14-2
2. Bulletproof Nets — 12-4
3. Home Run Titans — 9-7
4. Alaska Bible Institute — 5-11
5. Smooth Operators — 4-12
6. K-12 Educators — 3-13
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