Tok edges Cordova in battle of Wolverines

Cordova standout sophomore Christian Adams goes up for a rebound put-back against three flat-footed Tok defenders at CHS court on Feb. 16, 2018. Mikie McHone/for The Cordova Times
Cordova standout sophomore Christian Adams goes up for a rebound put-back against three Tok defenders at CHS court on Feb. 16, 2018. Mikie McHone/for The Cordova Times

It was the Cordova Wolverines versus the Tok Wolverines in Homecoming hoops action on Feb. 16 and 17, and the visitors spoiled it with tense 56-53 and 64-62 wins.

Cordova led for three quarters in both games, only to see Tok rally and take a slight lead in the late going.

On Friday, CHS was ahead 28-22 at intermission and 47-44 after three periods, but was outscored 20-15 in the last eight minutes. Saturday, Cordova had a 22-21 advantage at the break, and a 33-32 point edge with eight minutes left.

Both games ended with last second shots that didn’t go in for the Wolverines.

Christian Adams and Kaiden Graves topped the Cordova scoring with 26 and 14 points respectively in the first game. Revyn Almquist led Tok’s scoring with 21.

Graves and Cody Sjostedt led the CHS offense with 16 and 15 on Saturday, with Almquist again top gun for Tok with 16.  Christian Adams did not play in the second game, due to an Achilles injury that occurred in the late seconds of Friday’s contest.

Cordova now stands at 10-8 overall, and 5-3 in Conference play. CHS has two sets of games left prior to Conference Regionals in Nenana on March 8-10. They travel to Unalaska for a pair of non-conference games against the always challenging Raider on Feb. 23-24, followed by a big pair of Conference games at SuValley on March 2-3.

Individual scoring:

Game 1: Cordova: Rodrigues 1, Pena 1, Graves 14, Bailey 5, Sjostedt 11, Adams 26, Bradford 4. Tok: Weisz, Almquist 21, Standifer 7, Mitchell 12, Frank 12, Bolive 6, Torres 4. Game 2: Cordova: Pena 3, Graves 16, Bailey 6, Sjostedt 15, Bradford 2, Estes 11. Tok: Weisz 7, Almquist 16, Standifer 11, Mitchell 11, Frank 8, Bolive 1, Torres 2.

The Cordova JV’s split their games with Tok, winning 38-36 on Saturday, after losing 33-30 on Friday. Caleb Carrillo was top scorer for Cordova in both games, with 8 points in the first game, and 11 in the second.

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Dick Shellhorn, author, reporter, ref and grandpa, can be reached at shorn@gci.net. Shellhorn was born and raised in Cordova, Alaska, and has lived there his entire life. He has been writing sports stories for the Cordova Times for over 40 years. In his Cordova Chronicles features, he writes about the history and characters of this Alaska town. Alaska Press Club awarded Shellhorn first place for Best Humor column in 2016 and third place in 2017.