The Ninilchik boys basketball team took sixth place at the O’Brady Invitational at South High in Anchorage over the weekend.
The Wolverines opened up the tournament with a 56-44 loss to Lathrop. The loss snapped a 36-game winning streak for Ninilchik.
Last season, the Wolverines won the Class 2A state title with a 26-0 record. Ninilchik then started this season with 10 straight wins before falling to Lathrop, which is a Class 4A school.
The Malemutes led 14-8 after a quarter and 30-17 at halftime.
For Ninilchik, Colvin Moore had 14, Jaylin Scott had 12, Kade McCorison had seven, Rowan Mahoney had six, Peyton Edens had three and Cooper Adams had two.
For Lathrop, Brandon Beard had 13, Peyton George had 11, Atticus Foley had eight, Trevor Thomas had seven, Earl Parker had six, Luke Skinner had five, Jamal Gosier had four and Kaine Clayton had two.
Friday, Ninilchik bounced back with a 69-52 victory over Palmer, another Class 4A school.
Ninilchik assistant Brian Moore, who was filling in as head coach, said stats were not available, but Scott, Colvin Moore and Edens led the way offensively, and Mahoney, McCorison and Wyatt McCloskey were key defensively.
“We were down by one at the half, picked up the defense in the second and turned turnovers into transition baskets,” Moore wrote in a text message.
The Wolverines then fell in the fourth-place game 62-57 to Bartlett on Saturday. Ninilchik stands at 11-2 overall after the loss to the Golden Bears, yet another Class 4A school.
Scott had 26 points and was named to the all-tournament team. Moore added 14, while Mahoney had 10, Edens and McCorison had three, and McCloskey had one.