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Raiders cap brutal road swing with championship

January 28th, 2017 | Tommy Wells, The Bristol Bay Times-Dutch Harbor Fisherman Print this article   Email this article  

Unalaska head coach Kent Russell knew his team would answer a lot of questions about themselves during the Raiders' recent six-day road trip that had the team traveling from Southwest Alaska to the Bering Sea and then to Kachemak Bay.

And did we mention during that time they would play five games?

Unalaska answered all of the questions in resounding fashion. The team capped its marathon road trip by claiming the Cordova Tip-Off Classic championship on Saturday.

"It's tough to play five games in six days with three of them being against 3A teams with a day of travel," said Russell, who saw his team kickoff the trip on Monday in Nome. "The team showed resiliency and grit to be able to compete even when tired."

Despite logging more than 1,000 miles of travel in the week, the Raiders pounded out a 3-0 record in Cordova.

Unalaska's toughest victory came in their first-round showdown with Eielson. The two teams entered the final minute of play with the score knotted at 39-39. The Raiders pushed home a last-second shot to claim the victory, 41-39.

Carter Price and Matt Faoasau paced the UHS offense in the win over the Ravens. Price pitched in a team-high 16 points. Faoasau added 11, while Trevor Wilson chipped in eight.

The Raiders didn't have any trouble picking up a win in their ensuing outing against the Haines Glacier Bears. Unalaska rode a 21-point performance from Wilson to a resounding 58-25 rout of Haines.

Price and Carey Boston narrowly missed double-digit nights. Both finished with nine points.

In Saturday's final round of the round-robin event, Unalaska dispatched Cordova by a 58-50 margin.

Wilson, Price and Faoasau all scored into double figures for the Raiders in the win. Wilson tossed in a game-high 26. Price and Faoasau contributed 14 apiece.


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