FAIRBANKS—The West Valley boys basketball team rallied in the fourth quarter for a 65-63 victory over the Colony Knights in a first-round game of the O’Brady’s Invitational at South Anchorage High School.
The Wolfpack, led by Daniel Hornbuckle’s game-high 37 points, outscored the Knights 24-18 in the fourth quarter after trailing 45-41 in the third quarter. West Valley also was behind 14-13 in the first quarter and 33-32 at halftime.
“Overall, defense was the key for us in the game,” West Valley head coach Cornelius Mingo said by cellphone. “We believed in that and it carried us through.”
Hornbuckle, a senior guard, scored five of his points in the last five seconds of the game.
He hit a 3-point shot to tie the score at 63. Hornbuckle followed up by stealing an inbounds pass and canning a jump shot from the right wing for the game-winning basket.
Brandon Joyner grabbed a team-high 15 rebounds and contributed nine points for the Wolfpack, 7-1 overall.
Sean Kinsey provided seven points and a game-high five assists, and Isaiah Winfrey chipped in six rebounds and a game-high three steals for West Valley, which plays in a semifinal at 8:30 tonight against the host Wolverines or the Thunder Mountain Falcons.
Tyler Boyer led the Knights with a double-double of 16 points and a game-high 21 rebounds. Colony got 13 points from Anton Chamblee and 11 from Nolan Martin.
Dean Cummings girls
The Hutchison Hawks jumped out to a 9-2 lead with 3-pointers from Kimi Duffield, Tehya Titus and Brooke Carter, and the Hawks went to a 51-36 win over the Houston Hawks in a first-round game of the Dean Cummings Sr. Invitational in Delta Junction.
Duffield scored a game-high 15 points and Sierra Tate, Titus and Carter contributed nine each for Hutchison, which faces Galena in a semifinal at 3:30 p.m. today.
“It was the best game I’ve ever seen her play,’’ Hutchison coach Jenny Benson said of Duffield, a senior guard.
“She was new to us last year, and she wanted to sit on the 3-point line,’’ Benson continued. “This year, she’s really developed her driving game.”
Cat Tittle collected nine rebounds for Hutchison, 6-3 overall.
The Galena Hawks pulled out a 37-35 win over the Monroe Catholic Rams, who got a game-high 21 points from Savannah Mapp.
The Rams also fought back from a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter. As time was running out in the game, Monroe missed on a short jump shot from the baseline and on the ensuing follow-up attempt.
“What we can take from this game is that we didn’t give up,’’ Monroe coach Jeremy Evans said. “This is a team in our (Aurora) conference, and we played them tough.”
Romay Harris led Galena with 18 points in the opening-round game of the tournament, which features 16 boys and girls teams. Six of the boys teams and five of the girls teams are from the Aurora Conference.
The Eielson Ravens fell 52-36 to the Valdez Buccaneers and the host Delta Junction Huskies downed the Redington Huskies 52-17.
Shelby McCahon paced Eielson with 10 points, with two 3-pointers and a 2-for-2 effort at the line. Dakota Martin scored nine points for the 3-6 Ravens and Lexie Smith had eight points, going 6 for 6 from the line.
Against Redington, Delta Junction got a team-high 11 points from Ninie Powers and nine points from fellow senior Luda Maslovtsova to gain its first win of the season.
Delta Juncton (1-6) faces Valdez in a semifinal at 7 tonight.
The Hutchison Hawks ended an eight-game losing streak and won for the first time this season with a 54-44 win over the Houston Hawks.
“It’s a big deal and a big confidence booster,” Hutchison coach Shane Johnston said.
Justice Lunceford led Hutchison with 18 points, with 12 from 3-point range. Morgan John produced 15 points and Jadon White scored 13.
Hutchison plays in a semifinal at 2 p.m. today against the Monroe Catholic Rams, a 52-33 winner over the Valdez Buccaneers.
Monroe, 7-1, was playing its second game in as many days.
“We defended well for the most part,’’ Rams coach Frank Ostanik said. “For us, we’ve had trouble putting together a great defensive effort and a great offensive effort.”
Monroe held Valdez to nine points in the first half and 16 points through three quarters.
“Offensively, we didn’t do a very good job,” Ostanik said. “We were not moving the ball well enough and we weren’t executing in the front court.”
Ryan Brantley led the Rams with 13 points and Josh Cole added 12. Monroe was coming off a 74-33 home win over the Kotzebue Huskies on Wednesday night.
Kotzebue advanced in the Dean Cummings tournament with a 58-52 win over Eielson Ravens, setting up a semifinal at 5 p.m. today against Delta Junction, which downed the Redington Huskies 71-3.
Both North Pole Patriots teams sustained losses in Thursday’s first round of the three-day Cordova Tip-Off tournament.
The Patriots girls team reached a season high in 64-28 loss to the Palmer Moose.
“In a lot of ways, it was a good game for us,’’ Patriots coach Liz Alexander said. “We scored in every quarter, we did a lot better job in rebounding and we spread the court.”
Susan Glade shot 5 for 6 from the free-throw line and scored nine points to lead North Pole, 0-8 overall. The Patriots got seven points from Lindsey Daml and six points from Tori Genter.
Tiana Lee scored a game-high 17 points for Palmer.
The North Pole boys lost 63-51 to the Moose. Marshal Chace guided the Patriots with 12 points, Craig Borba scored 11 and Kenny Peterson had 10.
Mike Kluting, a former Monroe player, led Palmer with 21 points and Clayton Southwick added 14.
Both Nenana Lynx teams downed the Alak Huskies on Thursday in opening action of the ConocoPhillips/Warrior Rumble in Nikolaevsk.
The Nenana girls took a 43-31 lead into halftime and came back in the second half to take a 55-35 win.
Angel Brown sparked Nenana with 13 points, and teammates Raquel Bartel-Salas and Araya Stoffa scored 11 each. Kai Nashoukpuk scored a game-high 18 points for Alak.
Jerome Salas delivered a game-high 23 points for the Nenana boys in their 58-35 win. Darin Morny added 13 points and Chris Jerue scored 11 for the Lynx.
Katuk Panik’s 12 points led the Huskies, who also got 10 from Anthony Sarren.
Nenana plays the Wasilla C team today, with the girls game at 2:45 p.m., and the boys contest at 4:15 p.m.
Glennallen sweeps Effie
The Glennallen Panthers swept a pair of basketball games against Effie Kokrine on Wednesday in Glennallen. The Panthers held off the Warriors 46-44 in the boys game and won the girls game 56-12.
The Panthers boys held off an Effie Kokrine fourth quarter comeback en route to the win. Glennallen led the Warriors 38-28 entering the fourth quarter before the Warriors outscored the Panthers 12-6 in the final eight minutes.
Matthew Jones scored nine points to lead the Panthers, who led 25-15 at halftime. Jonathan Miller added eight points in the win.
D’Andre Thomas scored a game-high 19 points for the Warriors. Henry Lopez-Kokrine and Kole Sparks each scored six points. Sparks scored all of his points in the fourth quarter.
Sierra Virgin scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Glennallen girls to the win. Cierra David added 16 points for the Panthers, who led 34-10 at halftime.
Megan Silas led the Warriors with four points while Emily James and Nicki Allen each scored three.
News-Miner sports reporter Tim O’Donnell contributed to this report. Contact sports editor Danny Martin at 459-7586. Follow him on Twitter: