ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The opening day of the Cook Inlet Conference Basketball tournament ended free of upsets, and largely free of drama.
The day's only exciting quarterfinal was played between boys No. 2 seed Bartlett and seventh-seeded Chugiak. The Golden Bears trailed the Mustangs 35-34 in the third quarter before rallying with a 27-7 run. Bartlett held off Chugiak to win 66-53 and will meet either East or Service in the semifinals.
In the other boys game, West received 23 points from Dominique Queen in an 83-44 blowout of Eagle River. Either Dimond or South awaits the Eagles in the semifinals.
The girls quarterfinal round featured one of the more lopsided postseason games in recent memory. Top seed Dimond led Eagle River 30-0 after the first quarter and cruised to an 88-9 victory. The Lynx will battle the winner of Thursday's game between Chugiak and East.
On the other side of the bracket, No. 2 seed South took down Service, 63-36. The Wolverines will face the survivor of Thursday's matchup between West and Bartlett.