Classic Day 3 consolation games: ThunderRidge (CO) 3rd, Dimond 4th, Colony 7th

Alaska Airlines Classic
Third-Place Game
ThunderRidge (CO) 75, West Anchorage 32

By Van Williams
Classic Media Director

Just a sophomore, Andrew Crawford proved he’s ready for the big time.

The 6-foot-5 guard went off for a 17-point, 8-rebound effort to lead ThunderRidge to a 75-32 win over the West Anchorage Eagles in the third-place game of the Alaska Airlines Classic at West High.

Crawford finished 5-for-6 from 3-point land, with his fourth giving the Grizzlies a 24-13 lead.

Early in the third quarter, his wowed the crowed with a shake-and-bake move that ended with him swishing his fifth 3-pointer of the night.

One night after seeing its 20-game winning streak come to an end, the defending Class 5A Colorado state champion Grizzlies (13-1) bounced back in a big way.

That goes for all-star Zach Keller, who finally broke out of his tournament scoring slump with a 16-point performance.

Early on, West played with spirit and passion as the game was tied at 10-10 after the first four minutes.

Gage Brody and Willie Zamora each had four points in the first quarter as West trailed 16-13.

Brody’s two free throws pulled West within 27-19.

The loss dropped West coach Josh Muehlenkamp to 5-8 in Classic games since he took over at West in 2018.

ThunderRidge Grizzlies 16 18 26 15 – 75
West Anchorage Eagles 13 6 5 8 – 32
ThunderRidge – Binu 0, Wight 0, Bilello 3, Karnisovas 7, Brennan 10, Walkowiak 6, Cremeen 6, Allen 0, Franquemont 4, Crawford 17, Spann 6, Keller 16.
West – Zamora 4, Shanahan 10, Sahr 3, Bement 2, Velez 0, Laxa 3, Adlawan 4, John 0, Nakoa 0, Brody 6, Nauls 0.

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Alaska Airlines Classic
Fourth Place Game
Dimond 53, Lathrop 44

By Van Williams
Classic Media Director

Luke Johnston and Marek Hajdukovich each scored 17 points to lead Dimond to a 53-44 win over Lathrop in the fourth-place game of the Alaska Airlines Classic at West High.

Dimond improved to 4-2 in its last two appearances at the Classic under head coach Brad Lauwers, the only coach in the tournament’s 23-year history to lead three different teams to the Classic championship game. He led Heritage Christian to the 2006 title.

That was then, this is now.

And his teams are still winning at the Classic.

Johnston made three 3-pointers, went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line, dished five assists and made four steals.

Hajdukovich, just a freshman, banged home three 3-pointers and made for steals.

Xzavier Baker barely missed a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds.

Lathrop’s Peyton George scored 13 and Jaylen THomas added 10 to lead Lathrop, which a day earlier won its first-ever game at the Classic, snapping a 7-game losing streak stretching to 2011 and 1990.

Lathrop Malemutes 12 9 15 8 – 44
Dimond Lynx 16 19 6 12 – 53
Lathrop – Hill 0, Parker 8, Thomas 10, Foley 0, George 13, Corbett 7, James 2, Beard 0, Adeniran 0, Slifer 4, Talo 0.
Dimond – Casey 1, Hajdukovich 17, Walls 0, Kile 0, Johnston 17, Hill 4, Fautanu 0, Baker 14, Hamey 0.

Alaska Airlines Classic
Seventh Place Game
Colony 64, Juneau-Douglas 43

By Van Williams
Classic Media Director

Colony’s Kash Luce and Jayce Underwood combined to outscore the Crimson Bears as the Knights rolled to a 64-43 win in the seventh-place game in the Alaska Airlines Classic at West High.

Luce scored 23 points and Underwood went for 21 as Colony (9-3) pulled away for good in the third quarter.

Juneau’s Sean Oliver recorded 14 points and seven rebounds.

Tias Carney threw a beautiful 30-foot bounce pass to Joseph Aline for the layup and-1, pulling the Crimson Bears within 30-23.

That’s when Luce got loose, highlighting his team’s 27-point third quarter with two 3-pointers and a dunk.

Colony improved to 5-4 over its last three appearances at the Classic under head coach Tom Berg, who led the Knights to the 2019 championship.

Colony Knights 10 14 27 13 – 64
Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears 4 8 16 15 – 43
Colony – K.Dinkel 0, Morgan 6, B.Dinkel 4, Underwood 21, Peterson 0, Wakaliuk 0, Luce 23, White 0, Pullen 10, Daniel 0.
Juneau – Nelson 5, Carney 7, Carrillo 2, Harris 3, Bohulano 0, Oliver 14, Sleppy 2, Dybdahl 4, Aline 6, Hargrave 0.

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