The Ninilchik boys celebrate the Interior Conference title Friday, March 11, 2022, in Tok, Alaska. (Photo provided by team)

The Ninilchik boys celebrate the Interior Conference title Friday, March 11, 2022, in Tok, Alaska. (Photo provided by team)

Ninilchik boys win Interior Conference

The Ninilchik boys basketball team won the Interior Conference championship game Friday in Tok to advance to the Class 2A state tournament.

The Wolverines topped Effie Kokrine 77-35 for the title and to improve to 23-0 overall.

Ninilchik has not been to state since claiming a second straight Class 1A state title in 2017. The Wolverines decided to move up to the Class 2A level this season.

The Class 1A and 2A state tournament is March 16 to 19 at the Alaska Airlines Center.

The Wolverines ended all suspense early Friday, taking a 32-3 lead after the first quarter over Effie Kokrine, which would come back Saturday to take second.

As has been the case all season, the five Ninilchik starters were happy to share the scoring load.

Cole Moore led the way with 22 points, while Lukah Kalugin had 20, Landon Colburn had 13, and Jaylin Scott and Justin Trail each had 10. Wyatt McCloskey added two for Ninilchik.

For Effie Kokrine, Derek Joseph had 11, Jaiden Peters had 10, KJ Williams had eight, Afred Nukak had four and Eugene Wiltz had two.

Coburn was named the conference’s Player of the Year, while Kalugin, Scott and Colburn were all on the all-conference team. Scott, Moore, McCloskey and Cody Blossom all made the all-academic team for the Wolverines.

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