Nikolaevsk boys, girls claim Cook Inlet Classic titles
The Nikolaevsk boys' and girls' basketball teams got the 2017-18 prep basketball season off with a bang this past weekend by rolling to the top spots at the Cook Inlet Classic in Kenai.
Kalenik Molodih and Michael Trail helped power the Warriors to back-to-back wins on Friday to claim the boys' title.
The Warriors opened their season on Friday afternoon with a resounding 69-28 victory over Kodiak ESS.
Nikolaevsk didn't waste any time in putting the game out of Kodiak ESS's reach. The Warriors reeled off a 21-6 run in the first quarter and never looked back. After building their lead to 53-25 at the end of the third, the Warriors sealed the contest with a commanding 16-3 run in the final stanza.
Trail led all NHS scorers with 14 points. Zachary Trail and Kosta Nikitenka also reached double figures, netting 11 and 10, respectively.
The Warriors salted away the Classic title later on Friday with a 77-33 drubbing of Cook Inlet Academy.
In that win, Molodih led a bevy of Nikolaevsk double-digit scorers by pouring in a game-high 22. Sage Stanish added 17, while Isaak Fefelov and Zachary Trail added 10 apiece.
The Warriors closed out their title run on Saturday with a 69-41 victory over Nanwalek.
Zachary Trail led Nikolaevsk scorers with 20 points. Molodih added 17.
Mariana Yakunin led the Lady Warriors to 3-0 record in the tournament, including a 54-43 victory over the Soldotna Stars' C-team on Saturday that cinched the top spot in the round-robin meet.
Yakunin gave Soldotna fits from the inside and outside. She pumped in several clutch shots in the paint, and then topped off her 19-point outing by throwing in three 3-point shots.
Elizabeth Fefelov and Justina Fefelov added 15 and 10, respectively.
The Lady Warriors rolled to a win over CIA on Friday, taking a 40-17 decision.
Nikolaevsk outscored CIA by an 18-4 run in the first eight minutes of the contest and never looked back.
Yakunin led all NHS scorers with nine points. Nikolaevsk's other win came via a 27-22 decision over the Nikiski JV.
The Lady Warriors build a big lead in the first three quarters, racing to a 26-15 advantage. Nikiski scored a 7-1 run in the fourth to pull close.
Kristin Klaich, Yakunin and Elizabeth Fefelov had six points each for NHS.