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State Basketball Semis: Dimond, Service Will Meet For 4A Boys Crown

March 16, 2012|by Kevin Wells | Channel 2 Sports

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Friday produced a pair of thrilling semifinals in the ASAA 4A boys basketball tournament.  when the smoke cleared, Dimond and Service emerged with title hopes still alive.

Dimond outlasted 2001 champion Bartlett in two overtimes, 83-76, thanks to 22 points from Ryden Hines and 20 by Colter Lasher.  The end of regulation and the two extra periods were dramatic.  Bartlett's Treshawn King-Dunbar nailed a pair of free throws with seven seconds left in the fourth quarter to force overtime.  Then in OT, the Golden Bears' Iziah Sherman-Newsome hit a shot with four seconds left to send the game to a second OT.

Finally, Lasher took command with two field goals in the seconds extra frame to left Dimond. 

In the other semi, Service took down top seed Wasilla, 50-46 behind 16 points from Adam Klie and 15 by Amu Aukusitino. 

The upset denied Wasilla a chance to send both its boys and girls into the finals.  The defending champion Warrior girls team had no problem with Colony in the semifinals, winning 47-32.  Wasilla led 19-6 after one quarter.  The Warriors will face West Valley for the title, after the Wolfpack downed Juneau, 42-35.

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In the state 3A boys final, ACS and Monroe will hook up for the second straight year.  The defending champion Lions ousted Mt. Edgecumbe, 65-49, while the Rams destroyed Nome, 64-27.

Galena will meet Sitka in the girls 3A championship game.  The Hawks' Jenna Buchanan scored 26 points in a 54-51 victory over Dillingham, while Sitka got past ACS in the other semifinal, 56-50.  Sariah Ady paced the Wolves with 21 points. 

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