Klawock Chieftains top Warrior Rumble
February 2nd | Sean Pearson
Ninilchik's Deeann White named tournament MVP
The Klawock Chieftains swept both the boys and girls titles at the 2017 Nikolaevsk Warrior Rumble over the weekend. The two-day tournament also featured teams from Birchwood Christian, Ninilchik and Homer's junior varsity boys team, along with host teams from Nikolaevsk.
The host Warriors started this year's tourney with a dominating 80-47 win over the Mariner JV on day one. Four Nikolaevsk players scored in double figures for the game: Nikit Fefelov led with 18 points, Kalenik Molodih scored 17, Anfim Kalugin had 14 and Zachary Trail added 11. Mariner Japheth McGhee scored 13 for Homer, while Stanley Swoboda added nine.
A confident Warrior team took on Klawock in the Friday evening game, and led 28-27 at the half. Nikolaevsk maintained a 39-36 lead going into the final period, but a 22-13 fourth-quarter run by the Chieftains gave them the 58-52 win. Molodih and Zachary Trail each scored 13 for Nikolaevsk.
The Warriors dominated play in Saturday's first half against Birchwood Christian. The Nikolaevsk team enter the locker rooms with a 32-15 halftime lead, but gave up 21 fourth-quarter points to lose the match-up in a 53-51 nail-biter. Nikolaevsk made six 3-pointers in the game, led by Molodih with 18 points and Fefelov with 17. But Birchwood ruled outside the arc, sinking nine 3-pointers in their winning effort.
In girls action, the host Nikolaevsk Lady Warriors opened tournament play with a big 44-25 victory over the Ninilchik Lady Wolverines. The Warrior defense was able to hold Ninilchik standout Olivia Delgado to only three points for the game. On offense, Nikolaevsk's Vera and Elizabeth Fefelov scored 15 and 12 points, respectively. Deeann White led Ninilchik with 11 points.
The Lady Wolverines returned with a vengeance on Friday, stomping the Birchwood Lady Warriors 53-10. Delgado and White both led Ninilchik with 16 points, while MiKayla Clark added 11.
The Nikolaevsk girls fell hard on Friday, mustering only 18 points in their losing effort against Klawock. The Chieftains picked up the 27-18 win. Kristin Klaich led Nikolaevsk with six points.
On day three, Elizabeth Fefelov scored 13 points as the Lady Warriors downed Birchwood Christian 40-12, and ended their home tournament in second place.
In post-game honors, Nate Yockey of Klawock was named the tournament's most valuable player among boys, while Lady Wolverine Deeann White got the nod on the girls' side. The Nikolaevsk boys picked up the sportsmanship award, as did the Birchwood Christian girls.
In skills competition, Yockey sunk 19 of 20 free throws to win the boy's title, while Ninilchik's Delgado hit 15 of 30 for the top spot among girls. Nikolaevsk's Kosta Nikitenko nailed 16 3-pointers in the "distance" shooting division, while Deeann White made eight.