Noatak, Buckland advance to Class 1A state tournament
The Noatak Lynx and Buckland Sissauni flexed their basketball muscle this past weekend. The two basketball powerhouses rolled to the first- and second-place positions in the Northwest Arctic Conference tournament. With their performances, the two teams clinched berths in the upcoming Class 1A state basketball tournament.
The regular season champion, Noatak proved itself the class of the Northwest Arctic Conference during the tournament, which tipped off on Wednesday in the Kotzebue High School gymnasium.
The Lynx, who earned a bye in the first round, opened their title run on Thursday with a 60-50 victory over rival Selawik in the semifinals.
They didn't have nearly as much trouble claiming the conference championship on Friday evening. Noatak defeated Buckland, the tournament's No. 2 seed in the title contest.
Buckland, which had beaten Noorvik by a 58-49 margin in their semifinal bout, rallied back from its loss to Noatak in the championship game. The Sissauni claimed the conference's second-place berth to the state tournament downing Noorvik on Saturday, 67-48.
Wednesday: Selawik 47, Shugnak 43; Noorvik 72, Kiana 29
Thursday semifinals: Noatak 60, Selawik 50; Buckland 58, Noorvik 49
Friday consolation games: Noorvik 53, Shungnak 40; Selawik 52, Kiana 33
Championship game" Noatak 71, Buckland 56
Saturday consolation Semifinals: Noorvik 34, Selawik 32
Second-Place game: Buckland 67, Noorvik 48