Wolverines rally to claim Koliganek tournament crown
The Dillingham High School Wolverines showed plenty of determination this past weekend en route to claiming the 2017 Koliganek Invitational championship.
Dillingham posted a 3-1 record in the tournament, including a thrilling a 73-49 victory over rival New Stuyahok in the championship game on Saturday.
"Overall it was a great tournament and I feel we took another step in getting ready for our regional tournament," said DHS head coach Deon Lopez. "(We've) seen some growth in some of the players over the weekend that will be key come Regions."
They also found plenty of heart.
Despite playing short-handed for the second weekend in a row, due a family emergency and an injury, the Wolverines started the tournament with a bank. Triston Hansen and Brandon George both scored into double figures and led Dillingham to a 63-41 victory over the Togiak Huskies.
Hansen pumped in a game-high 15 points, while George contributed 13. Zachary Tilden added nine, while Kameron Bartman and Matthew Tennyson tacked on eight apiece. The Wolverines' struggled to get their offense in gear in the second round. Despite 20 points from Bartman, Dillingham suffered a 62-52 loss to New Stuyahok.
George also played well for the Wolverines in the loss. He scored 12 points in a losing effort. Tennyson and Jayden Mayer added eight each.
Facing a must-win situation in the consolation bracket, the Wolverines roared back, claiming a thrilling 87-74 victory over Koliganek in overtime.
Four DHS scorers reached double figures in the OT win, including 23 from George and 19 more from Mayer. Bartman and Tennyson added 17 and 15, respectively.
The win over Koliganek enabled Dillingham to earn a rematch with New Stuyahok in the championship game on Saturday. The Wolverines didn't struggle this time. Bartman scored a game-high 24 and led Dillingham to a 73-49 decision.
Tilden, George and Tennyson also reached double digits offensively. Tilden chalked up 16 points. George and Tennyson added 12 and 11, respectively.
George and Bartman were both named to the all-tournament rosters.
"We would have liked to win the tournament through the winner's side, but we fought hard and came back to win through the loser's bracket," said Lopez.