Whalers nab pair of wins in Wasilla
The Barrow High School Whalers went into the 2017 Doc Larsen Roundball Classic looking to prove to themselves — and everyone else — that they could hold their own against some of the state's larger Class 4A programs. Consider that mission accomplished.
The Whalers posted a 2-2 record in the four-day tournament, which was held in Wasilla.
Barrow kicked off the tournament on Jan. 3 with a thrilling 49-46 come-from-behind victory over South High School. The Whalers erased a slim halftime deficit by outscoring South by a 28-23 clip in the final 16 minutes of play.
Trevor Thomas powered the BHS attack. The senior pushed in a team-high 12 points, including six via two three-point shots. He also dished out a team-high four assists.
Travis Adams and Anthony Fruean both pushed in six points. Sione Tu'ifua collected seven rebounds and a game-high four blocked shots.
Barrow suffered its first loss in the second round, falling to East, 76-48.
In the game, East broke open a 50-39 battle in the third by pounding out a 26-9 run in the final frame.
The Whalers rebounded from the loss in fine fashion. They defeated Service by a 67-59 margin in their third outing of the weekend.
Thomas led the BHS attack with 18 points. He notched three treys in the outing.
Tuifua and Adams also reached double figures. Tu'ifua posted 15 points to go along with seven boards and a blocked shot. Adams netted 11 points. Fruean and Koa Ahgeak added eight and six points, respectively. Ahgeak also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.
Bartlett claimed a narrow 45-42 decision in the Whalers' final outing.
Adams led all BHS scorers in the loss to the Bears by collecting 14 points. Thomas had eight points and a team-best eight rebounds. Mese Unutoa also scored eight.