FAIRBANKS — West Valley did a lot of good things on the basketball court Saturday afternoon, but not enough to overcome Dane Kuiper and the Wasilla Warriors in a nonconference game at West Valley.
“They have one of the most talented basketball players in the state, Dane Kuiper,” said West Valley coach Kimani Shotwell. “We gave him some open looks and he capitalized on them and hurt us.”
Kuiper knocked down 24 points and teammate Dustin Cook registered 12 to lead the Warriors to a 58-45 victory.
“We competed the entire game and definitely have something to build on,” Shotwell said. “We’re a young team and we are still learning how to play together offensively in this system. We’re learning from our mistakes. I know we have something we can build on here.”
Larenzo Graham led the way for the Wolfpack with 17 points, six rebounds and eight steals. It was Graham’s second straight 17-point performance.
Charles Suddeth added 10 points, seven rebounds and six steals in his first game as point guard for the Wolfpack.
Shotwell also lauded the play of Caleb Rowles, Simeon Ng and Daniel Remington.
“They brought some energy off the bench and really competed,” Shotwell said. “They earned more minutes by the way they played today.”
Shotwell said his team still has some things to work on before the Wolfpack plays in the Capital City Classic next week in Juneau.
“We need to protect the ball better, cut down unforced mistakes and we need learn to finish at the offensive end of the court,” the first-year coach said. “Those things will all get better with experience.”
In the tournament, West Valley will play East Anchorage on Thursday, Juneau-Douglas on Friday and Sitka on Saturday.
The Galena Hawks completed a two-game boys basketball sweep of the Huslia Huslers with a 57-33 win Saturday afternoon in Galena.
The Hawks jumped out to a 15-3 lead in the first quarter and were never threatened.
Colin Reitan and Edwin Erickson led the Hawks with 12 points apiece and Jacob Miller added 10. Seven of the Hawks’ eight players got into the scoring column.
Tyler Henderson was the only Huslia player in double figures with 11 points.