Nikolaevsk takes 4th at Warrior Rumble
NIKOLAEVSK - The Nikolaevsk Warriors came about as close to finishing second on the court at the annual ConocoPhillips Warrior Rumble as possible this past weekend. The team went 1-2 and finished in a three-way tie with Lumen Christi and Nenana for second in the tournament standings.
Unfortunately for Nikolaevsk, they didn't do well when tournament officials went to the scorebook. The Warriors tumbled to fourth in the tiebreaker process, based on the fewest points allowed among the three. Anaktuvuk Pass was named the tournament's champion, while Lumen Christi took second.
The Warriors, who played five games in the last week, kicked off the tournament with a nail-biting 50-48 come-from-behind win over Nenana in the first round on Thursday evening.
Nenana, which arrived several hours late for the tournament after the bus they had been riding in was blown off the road, got off to a quick start. The Lynx picked up seven first-quarter points from Al Lane and scratched out a 16-14 lead.
Zachary Trail led Nikolaevsk's first-quarter efforts with six points.
The Warriors fought their way back in the second. Kalenik Molodih buried a last-second three-pointer just before the half to help Nikolaevsk to go into the half down by two at 32-30.
Nenana extended its lead in the third. The Lynx posted a 14-8 run in the frame and took a 46-38 cushion into the fourth.
Nikolaevsk rallied in the final eight minutes with a furious defensive push. The Warriors held the Lynx to just one basket in the fourth quarter and raced back to claim the two-point win.
Molodih finished as Nikolaevsk's leading scorer with 17 points. Zachary and Michael Trail both added 14.
Lumen Christi collected the come-from-behind win on Friday, rallying from a 21-18 halftime deficit to claim a 50-39 decision.
Lumen Christi capped its comeback with a staggering 22-12 run in the fourth quarter.
Despite the loss to the Archangels, Molodih shined for Nikolaevsk. He finished with a team-leading 19 points. Zachary Trail added 10.
Andrew Bennett led Lumen Christi with 22 points. Lam Pouy added 16.
Anaktuvuk Pass forced a three-way tie for the top spot on Saturday by grinding out a 54-38 victory over the Warriors.
After fighting its way to a slim 31-24 halftime lead, Anaktuvuk Pass all but cinched the win with a 17-2 run in the third. Anaktuvuk Pass held a 48-26 lead at the start of the fourth period.
Molodih led all Nikolaevsk players with 15 points.