• Warrior teams head into post-season play ranked first in the conference
By Sean Pearson
Despite a little nagging pain leftover from a dislocated shoulder, Nikolaevsk forward Jaruby Nelson continues to light up scoreboards everywhere he plays.
The 5-foot, 10-inch junior generally averages around 25-30 points per game. In Friday’s 66-51 home win over Seldovia, he hit five three-pointers on his way to a game-high 35-point performance.
“My shoulder is all right, but still not 100 percent,” Nelson said.
Kinda makes you wonder how many points he would be scoring if he was completely healthy.
The Sea Otters certainly held their own in the first half, as the two Peninsula Conference teams headed into the locker room tied at 30.
But the Warriors squashed any hope of a Seldovia victory with a 22-8 run in the third quarter.
While Nelson admitted there are times when he feels like he can’t miss, he was quick to point out that his first priority is the team.
“Mostly I just do whatever my team needs me to do,” he explained. “Whether it’s scoring or getting rebounds, that’s my No. 1 goal.”
Nelson said he prefers playing at night because more people show up, and he feels he “plays better with big crowds.”
Nikit Fefelov added 10 points for the Warriors, while Calem Collier led the way for Seldovia with 20 points. Sea Otter Aidan Philpot scored 15 points, while Dylan Waterbury added 10.
Going in as the No. 1 seed, the Nikolaevsk boys drew a bye in this weekend’s opening round of the 1A Small Schools Peninsula Tournament at Skyview. At 8 p.m. Wednesday, the Warriors will play the winner of a morning game between Kodiak ESS and Lumen Christi.
The No. 1-rated Nikolaevsk Lady Warriors also drew a bye in the opening round of the tourney. Their play gets underway Thursday at 5 p.m. against the winner of a Wednesday morning match-up between Ninilchik and Birchwood.
The Lady Warriors are coming off a convincing 57-14 home win over the Seldovia Lady Sea Otters on Friday. It was one of the few times this season that Nikolaevsk spread the scoring out among team members. Junior Nianiella Dorvall led the way with 15 points, while sisters Sophia and Serafima Kalugin each added 14.
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