The East T-birds made history at the Alaska Airlines Classic as the tournament’s first champion from the state of Alaska.
Trajan Langdon, the tournament MVP, dazzled the 3,500 fans at West High by scoring a tournament-record 39 points and leading East to a 92-76 championship victory over Monsignor McClancy of New York City.
The win came one year after East became the first Alaska team to beat an Outside squad in the history of tournament, going on to lose by three points to seventh ranked Oak Hill Academy in the championship game.
Already a legend, East coach Chuck White found a way to stand out by leading his team to the championship of the most prestigious tournament in Alaska high school basketball history.
Langdon set the tournament record when he sank two free throws with 1 minute, 2 seconds left in the game to beat the former single-game scoring record of 38, set by Bishop Sullivan’s Doug Annison in 1990.
East’s Jonathan McMains, East’s 6-4 senior forward, scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a clutch effort.
Mark Schweigert, who came up big in an 88-82 semifinal win over Crenshaw of Los Angeles by popping in a game-high 29 points, pumped in 19 points in the title game and helped engineer East’s 33-point fourth quarter that punctuated the win.