Classic Championship Game: St. Joseph (CA) 46, East 36

By Van Williams Alaska Sports Report The St. Joseph Knights used a suffocating defense down the stretch to suck all the life out of the East T-birds’ offense – and an upset-hungry crowd of 2,500 at West High – in a 46-36 come-from-behind victory in the championship game of the Alaska Airlines Classic. St. JosephContinue reading “Classic Championship Game: St. Joseph (CA) 46, East 36”

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

Classic semifinal: East 60, West 41

By Matt Nevala Alaska Sports Report The often-seen, often-duplicated furious start from the East High boys basketball team made certain of a 35th consecutive victory Friday evening. Stretching the sustained success another game figures to test the Thunderbirds more than just about anything has these last few seasons. Alaska’s reigning Class 4A state champion, EastContinue reading “Classic semifinal: East 60, West 41”

Classic semifinal: St. Joseph (CA) 62, ThunderRidge (CO) 50

By Van Williams Classic Media Director Tounde Yessoufou brought some thunder and lightning to the Alaska Airlines Classic. He also made it rain. The freshman phenom for St. Joseph of Santa Maria, California, buried a step-back, 3-pointer to the delight of the crowd on a night when he dropped in 27 points to lead theContinue reading “Classic semifinal: St. Joseph (CA) 62, ThunderRidge (CO) 50”

Classic consolation: Dimond 54, Colony 30

By Van Williams Classic Media Director The Lynx raced out to a big lead and didn’t take their foot off the pedal to three quarters en route to a 54-30 victory in consolation action of the Alaska Airlines Classic at West High. Luke Johnston led the way with 12 points to lead four players inContinue reading “Classic consolation: Dimond 54, Colony 30”

Classic consolation: Lathrop 58, Juneau-Douglas 53

By Van Williams Classic Media Director Earl ‘The Pearl’ Parker put on a show in the second half and finished with 24 points to lead Lathrop back from a 10-point deficit to beat Juneau 58-53 in the consolation round of the Alaska Airlines Classic at West High. Parker scored 16 of team’s final 26, includingContinue reading “Classic consolation: Lathrop 58, Juneau-Douglas 53”

It’s Final 4 time tonight at the Alaska Airlines Classic

Semifinal #1 Today 6pm at West High St. Joseph (CA) vs. ThunderRidge (C0) This game has Great Alaska Shootout vibes with college-caliber talent featuring All-American in-the making Tounde Yessoufou & Wake Forest-bound banger Zach Keller. Semifinal #2 Today 7:30pm at West High East vs. West For the City. Anchorage’s longest-running rivalry adds another chapter inContinue reading “It’s Final 4 time tonight at the Alaska Airlines Classic”

Boys Classic Day 1: ThunderRidge (CO) 66, Colony 44

By Van Williams Media Classic Director Even though their superstar had a quiet night, the ThunderRidge Grizzlies made lots of noise with a resounding 63-44 victory over the Colony Knights on Day 1 of the Alaska Airlines Classic at West High. The state of Colorado’s top player Zach Keller scored eight points and grabbed 11Continue reading “Boys Classic Day 1: ThunderRidge (CO) 66, Colony 44”

Boys Classic Day 1: St. Joseph (CA) 72, Dimond 56

By Van Williams Media Classic Director The Tounde Yessoufou Show came to the Classic and it’s as good as advertised. Maybe better. A highlight waiting to happen, the St. Joseph (CA) freshman delivered a commanding 24-point, 16 rebound, 5-dunk performance to highlight his team’s 72-56 victory over the Dimond Lynx on Day 1 of theContinue reading “Boys Classic Day 1: St. Joseph (CA) 72, Dimond 56”

Boys Classic Day 1: East 70, Juneau 34

By Van Williams Classic Media Director The East T-birds unleashed relentless pressure and lights-out 3-point shooting on their way to a 70-34 victory over Juneau-Douglas on Day 1 of the Alaska Airlines Classic at West High. East’s hallmark defense put Juneau ballhandlers in a mixer from the jump, causing havoc and creating turnovers to setContinue reading “Boys Classic Day 1: East 70, Juneau 34”