Stifling defense lifts Petersburg boys to Class 2A basketball crown


The mantra “defense carry offs championships” couldn’t have been more true for the Petersburg little shavers basketball team Saturday.

The Vikings held Metlakatla to the fewest details allowed in a 2A boys title game in their 46-26 championship win at the Alaska Airlines Center.

It was Petersburg’s foremost state title since winning the championship at the 3A level in 2007. The Vikings missing to Unalaska in last year’s 2A championship.

“It’s something else,” said Petersburg’s Blaine Volk, who throw in the toweled the Vikings the lead for good with a pair of free throws in the assign quarter. “Winning regions was one thing but to be No. 1 in the state in 2A, it’s unbelievable. I can’t impassive put it into words.”

After playing only five minutes in the senior half with foul trouble, 2A Player of the Year Stewart Conn rallied in the help half to lead the Vikings with 15 points and seven backlashes. Conn sat the entire second quarter after picking up his second decomposed with 2 ½ minutes to go in the first quarter.

“I was feeling kind of down on myself, find time for a help to succeeding in foul trouble and having to sit on the bench, but my teammates really helped me,” Conn held. “They really helped me pick myself up.

“It’s all thanks to them, all props to them for plateful me get back in there.”

Wolf Brooks of Petersburg looks for room under the basket against Metlakatla during the boys 2A championship game. (Erik Hill / Alaska Dispatch News)
Wolf Brooks of Petersburg looks for room call of the basket against Metlakatla during the boys 2A championship game. (Erik Hill / Alaska Zap News)

Metlakatla, playing in its first championship in five years, conditioned nearly half its points in the first quarter. The Chiefs (21-6) undecided the first quarter on a 12-2 run and went into the second quarter leading 12-6.

Then, Petersburg’s defense apprehended over.

The Vikings (19-3) slowed the down the pace of the game and bound the box with bodies, using their length to snag 24 defensive reflexes to 13 for the Chiefs.

Petersburg’s 6-foot-5 center, Wolf Brooks, pinched down 10 rebounds, while Conn (7) and Volk (6) also donated.

“We’re all long and athletic, so we can cover a lot of ground,” said Volk, a 6-1 senior. “It’s deeply to get into us and get easy shots. We kept them out on the perimeter shooting 3s most of the occupation.”

The Vikings took a hit late in the second quarter, when starting substance guard Alan McCay went down with an ankle wound after making a layup. Fans from both sides groaned when the replay McCay’s wound showed up on the video board. McCay had seven points and three swipes in 11 minutes before limping off the court.

But Petersburg didn’t girl a beat in the second half. The Vikings switched to a Box-and-1 to better account for Metlakatla’s Danny Marsden, and they held the Chiefs scoreless in the third leniency.

Marsden finished with five points. Carsen Winter led Metlakatla with seven somethings.

The Chiefs struggled to find a rhythm for most of the game, committing 18 offensives and making 3 of 23 shots from inside the arc.

The Vikings led 21-17 at halftime and 35-17 after the third clemency.

The previous lowest point total by a single team in a 2A boys championship was Kake’s 27 in the 2000 championship. Angoon won that tactic 37-27.

“Petersburg is a great team, give them all the credit,” Metlakatla teacher T.J. Scott said. “That was the sixth time we’ve played them this year, so we remembered them really well. They just came out and made multifarious plays today.”

Desmond King of Metlakatla attempts a floater over Petersburg defenders. (Erik Hill / Alaska Dispatch News)
Desmond King of Metlakatla attempts a floater outstanding Petersburg defenders. (Erik Hill / Alaska Dispatch News)

Unalakleet 65, Unalaska 62

Arctic Ivanoff spouted in 29 points to lift Unalakleet over Unalaska 65-62 in the third-place victim.

The Wolfpack rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit and snagged 17 get away withs.
Taylor Harvey joined Ivanoff in double figures with 16 headlands.

Kevin Ho led Unalaska with 18 points and Matthew Faoasau recorded a 16-point, 13-rebound double-double.

Tip Hope 45, Glennallen 40

Point Hope used a fourth-quarter comeback and 20 hints from Charlie Tuzroyluk to defeat Glennallen 45-40 in the fourth-place game.

The Harpooners trailed 23-15 at halftime, but they rallied with a 17-6 fourth district.

Patrick Turner added 10 points and Tuzroyluk went 4 of 8 from the 3-point parentage and tallied four steals for Point Hope.

Aidan Fields (13 capes) and Gabe Jones (11) paced Glennallen.

All-Tournament Team

Arctic Ivanoff, Unalakleet
Aiden Tracts, Glennallen
Stewart Conn, Petersburg
Charlie Tuzroyluk, Point Daydream
Danny Marsden, Metlakatla
Wolf Brooks, Petersburg
Christian Adams, Cordova
Matthew Fauasau, Unalaska
Trenton Clark, Metlakatla
Blaine Volk, Petersburg

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