Mariners roll past Glennallen for 4th at Delta tournament
The Glennallen Panthers stood toe-to-toe with the Homer Mariners for the first two quarters on Saturday afternoon. They weren't able to stand after that.
Koby Etzwiler and Jordan Beachy ignited an 11-2 run over the final three minutes of the third quarter, and led the Mariners to a convincing 62-38 come-from-behind romp in the fourth-place game of the Dean Cummings Sr. Memorial Basketball Tournament in Delta Junction. With the win, the Mariners finished the eight-team tournament with a 2-1 mark.
Glennallen controlled the tempo of the contest in the first half. The Panthers outscored Homer in the first quarter, and held a lead for all of the first 31 seconds of the opening half.
The Panthers raced to a quick lead, taking a 13-8 cushion, before Charles Rohr pulled managed to work his way in for a layup that pulled Homer to within three, at 13-10.
Glennallen took a 15-10 lead into the start of the second.
The Panthers continued their hot streak at the start of the second. Glennallen wrapped a pair of free throws around a free throw from Etzwiler, to stretch its lead to 19-11.
Homer turned the tables from there. Etzwiler and Rohr led the Mariners back in the final four minutes. Rohr buried a three-pointer from the wing with less than two minutes left in the half to trim the HHS deficit to 24-21.
Moments later, Homer forced a turnover on the defensive end that set up a three-point shot by Etzwiler that propelled the Mariners into the half with a 26-24 lead.
Glennallen kept close from there. Aiden Fields pushed in a shot that pulled Glennallen to 30-29 with 3:48 left in the third.
That turned out to be as close as the Panthers could get.
Etzwiler ignited an 11-2 run by throwing up a three-point shot that extended the Homer lead to 32-29. He tacked on another trey less than a minute later. Beachy followed with a layup off a fast break, and last-second three-point shot that capped a 15-5 third-quarter run.
Etzwiler and Beachy combined to score 11 of the Mariners' third-quarter offensive points.
The Mariners salted away the contest with another dominating effort in the final eight minutes. Homer outscored Glennallen by a 19-7 run in the fourth.
Homer rolled into the consolation championship with an easy win on Friday. The Mariners used a 20-7 run in the second quarter to net a 67-58 victory over Hutchison.
Beachy led all scorers in that game with 21 points. Etzwiler added 18.
Despite double-digit performances from Etzwiler and Joey Carroll, the Mariners suffered a tough 66-49 loss to Delta Junction in the first round on Thursday.
Etzwiler poured in a team-high 15 points. Carroll chipped in 14.
The Homer Lady Mariners struggled to get going in their appearance in the tournament. The HHS girls went 1-3.
They dropped their first-round matchup with Delta, 40-24, despite an 8-point performance from Rylee Doughty.
In the second round, Hutchison dealt the Lady Mariners a 42-28 setback. Rylyn Todd led all HHS scorers in the contest with eight points.
The loss to Hutchison dropped Homer into a Saturday showdown with Eagle River. The Lady Mariners managed to end their two-game slide with a 36-21 victory.