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Scammon Bay rolls to Rex Rock Tip-Off Classic title


by Tommy Wells

If you didn’t know the Scammon Bay Blackbirds were good before the Rex Rock Tip-Off Classic, consider yourself notified.

Scammon Bay defeated Point Hope by a 49-47 clip on Saturday, Jan. 21, and cruised to the championship of the annual basketball tournament. The SBHS team went 4-1 in the event.

The Blackbird opened the tournament with a bang. Scammon Bay hit the 100-point plateau for the second time this season in their opener, downing Buckland by a 100-74 margin.

The Blackbirds, who were paced by Chance Hunter, didn’t miss a beat in the second round. They dealt Kiana a 72-42 setback and advanced into the semifinals to face Point Hope.

Point Hope stunned Scammon Bay in the semifinals, taking a 68-65 decision.

With the loss, the Blackbirds fell into the consolation bracket.

Scammon Bay roared back from the loss. They defeated Noatak by a 60-49 clip in the consolation semifinals, and earned a rematch against Point Hope in the championship game.

Scammon Bay knocked down several clutch shots in the second half and defeated Point Hope by a 49-47 clip.

Justin Ulak and Scott Kaganak also played well in the tournament. Both were named to the all-star squad. Hunter was tabbed the tournament’s MVP.

The SCHS girls went 2-2 in the tournament, falling to Noatak twice.

The Lady Blackbirds, who were led by Ashleigh Naneng, posted a 51-50 win over Buckland and a 49-45 decision over Kiana.

Rex Rock Tip-Off Classic All Tournament Selections


Boys - Chance Hunter, Scammon Bay

Girls - Caroline Long, Point Hope

Three-Point Champion

Girls: Lila Barger, Buckland

Boys: Nathan Hadley, Buckland

Free Throw Champion

Boys: Makhayl Sundown – Scammon Bay

Girls: Doreen Hadley – Buckland


Justin Ulak, Scammon Bay

Nathan Hadley III, Bucklnd

Denzel Tooyak, Tikigaq

Anthony Ashby , Noatak

Buff Shuerch, Kiana

Ronald Oviok III, Tikigaq

Scott Kaganak, Scammon Bay

Stephanie Washington, Buckland

Abbie Koenig, Tikigaq

Trisha Norton, Noatak

Ashley Nanenq, Scammon Bay

Chelsea Tooyak, Tikigaq

Lila Barger, Buckland

Brianna Kirk, Noatak

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