Klawock Holds Off Yakutat to Earn Championship Game

    Klawock junior Dalton Wysykowski (20) is fouled by Yakutat senior Jerry Ridlington (3) during the Cheiftains 40-35 win over the Eagles in the Region V 1A Championships at Thunder Mountain on Thursday. (Klas Stolpe/KINY)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Klawock Chieftains defeated the Yakutat Eagles 40-35 in a semifinal at the 2022 Southeast Region V 1A Boys Basketball Tournament at Thunder Mountain High School on Thursday.

      Klawock junior Dalton Wyzykowski opened the game with a shot past the arc and the Chieftains fell into full court man press to open an 8-2 lead and close out the stanza up 15-6 as junior Emett Fairbanks hit a spinning layup to close the stanza.

      Yakutat’s scoring in the first eight minutes came from senior Jerry Ridlington, sophomore Magnus Endicott and freshman Dylan Petersen.

      Klawock senior Jacob Isaacs and Yakutat junior George Valle IV exchanged baskets to open the second quarter. Isaacs gave the Chieftains a 19-8 advantage.

      After a Yakutat free-throw by Peterson, Klawock sophomore Marley Kness hit a shot past the arc and Isaacs scored inside for a 24-9 lead. Yakutat’s Riddlington hit a free-throw to end the first half.

      Kness scored 10 of  Klawock’s 13 third quarter points for a 37-19 advantage. Yakutat scoring in the stanza came from Valle IV, Endicott and a shot past the arc by senior Destinee Milne.

      Yakutat made a comeback in the fourth quarter as Endicott scored twice inside and had two blocked shots to pull the Eagles within 37-23.

    Kness countered for Klawock with a free-throw and a basket for a 40-23 advantage with 3:11 remaining.

      Yakutat would score the games final points. Riddlington hit a shot past the Arc to close to 40-26. Endicott scored three times in succession to close to within eight, 40-32, with 1:17 remaining. Valle IV hit from past the arc with 26 seconds left to close to the final score, 40-35, as the Eagles could not force another turnover on the Chieftains.

      Kness led Klawock with 22 points. Wyzykowski and Isaacs added eight points apiece, and Fairbanks two.

      The Chieftains hit 4-10 at the line, the Eagles 2-5.

      Endicott led Yakutat with 10 points. Peterson added nine points, Valle IV eight, Riddlington five and Milne three.

      Klawock advances to play in the championship game against Kake, Friday, at 6 p.m.

      Yakutat plays in a 4:15 p.m elimination game on Friday against the winner of the 11a.m. Friday elimination game between Gustavus and Angoon.


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