The Nikiski boys basketball team finished off a strong six-game road trip in Hawaii with a pair of New Year’s Eve victories.
The Bulldogs defeated Hawaii Prep Academy 51-50 Thursday in Kona, Hawaii. Nikiski ended with a strong fourth quarter, scoring 22 points to nip Hawaii. Nathan Carstens scored 11 of his team-high 20 points in the quarter to lead Nikiski.
Also on Thursday, Nikiski topped the Algester Hawks, a team from Brisbane, Australia, 58-53. Earlier in the week, Nikiski had beaten Algester 53-35.
The results left the Bulldogs with a second-place overall finish in the tournament with a 5-1 record.
Kenai girls finish play at Capital City Classic
The Kenai Central girls basketball team finished 0-3 at the Capital City Classic by losing 38-35 to Sitka on Wednesday.
Kenai led 21-20 at halftime and 35-27 after three quarters, but couldn’t hold the lead in the fourth.
Lara Creighton, Kenai’s representative on the all-tournament team, led the Kards with 12 points, while Alli Steinbeck had six and Cori Holmes and Abby Beck each had four.
SoHi girls finish California tournament with loss
The Soldotna girls basketball team finished up play in the So Cal Holiday Prep Classic on Wednesday with a 44-29 loss to Campo Verde, Arizona.
Playing in the FIBA Gold division of the tournament, the Stars had gone 2-1 in pool play, putting them into the matchup with Campo Verde on the final day of the tournament.