2010 Title Game: West gives Coach White a second Classic championship

By Van Williams
Classic Media Director

Tournament MVP Devin Bookert bagged 29 points to lead the West Anchorage Eagles to an 89-78 victory over Christian Life Academy of Humble, Texas, in the championship game of the Alaska Airlines Classic at West.

The win gave Alaska its first Classic champion in four years and provided West coach Chuck White his second title, becoming just the second coach to win multiple titles in the history of the tournament dating back to 1989.

Gary DeCesare led St. Raymond of New York to Classic titles in 1989 and 1993. White won his first Classic championship with East Anchorage in 1992, the first team from Alaska to win the tournament.

Since then three Alaska teams have won, with Heritage Christian taking the title in 2006 and now West in 2010.

The Eagles also avenged a 76-69 loss to Christian Life in last year’s title game.

West trailed 67-63 after three quarters then outscored Christian Life 26-11 in the fourth, making 13 of 19 free throws in the quarter.

Tom Feeney Jr. added 24 points for the Eagles, who carried that momentum through the rest of the season en route to winning the state title.

Leslee Smith led Christian Life with 19 points.

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