Petersburg spoils Cordova Rally the Regions repeat

Petersburg ended Cordova’s bid to repeat as Rally the Regions back-to-back champions, topping CHS 54-35 in the final game of the popular invitational tournament Jan. 1-4 in Anchorage.

Last year, the CHS boys defeated Haines in the championship game to go 4-0 and win it all.

Cordova advanced to the title contest by defeating Unalaska 55-48 in overtime, topping Unalakleet 59-43, and rolling past Tanalian 79-50.

The tournament attracts 1A and 2A teams from all parts of the state for basketball and cultural activities, and the only school to win consecutive boys titles is Unalaska.

Petersburg used a balanced attack to tag Cordova with their first loss of the season, with three players in double digits, led by Rylan Wallace with 13.

In contrast, two Wolverines provided 34 of Cordova’s 35 points: Christian Adams with 25, and Kaiden Graves with 9.

Cordova opened the tournament with a nail-biter against Unalaska. The score was tied 10-10 after one quarter. Cordova trailed 25-24 at halftime. The score was tied 38-38 after three quarters; and regulation time ended with the score 48-48.

Overtime was all Cordova, as CHS held the Raiders scoreless while adding 7 points, 5 of those by Christian Adams, who finished with a game high 17 points. Adams led Cordova with 18, and Trevor Dundas had 14, to lead Cordova past Unalakleet.

CHS had four players in double digits in the 29-point romp past Tanalian, led by Adams with 21 and Kaiden Graves with 20.

Christian Adams ended up the top scorer in the tournament, with 83 points in four games. He and Keegan Estes were named to the All-Tournament squad.

Individual scoring

Game 1: Cordova: Graves 9, Dundas 2, Adams, C. 17, Adams, A. 6, Bradford 13, Estes 6. Unalaska: Sevilla 2, DeGuzman 8, Riddil 10, Nguyen 7, Lee 15, Homka 2, Ahsan 4. Game 2: Cordova: Pena 1, Graves 6, Dundas 14, Muma 2, Adams, C. 18, Carrillo 3, Adams, A. 2, Estes 8. Unalakleet: Wilson 4, Haugen, T. 2, Ivanoff 11, Haugen, M. 16, Commack 3, Peasant 6. Game 3: Cordova: Graves 20, Dundas 4, Thorn 1, Adams, C. 21, Carrillo 7, Bradford 15, Estes 10. Tanalian: Fowler 2, Voran 12, Alsworth, P. 6, Davis 4, Wardell 7, Alsworth, C. 17. Game 4: Cordova: Pena 1, Graves 9, Adams, C. 25. Petersburg: Larson 6, Skeet 9, Durkin 10, Volk 10, Wallace 13, Payne 6.

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Dick Shellhorn is a lifelong Cordovan. He has been writing sports stories for the Cordova Times for over 50 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 and 2019. He also received second place for Best Editorial Commentary in 2019. Shellhorn has written two books about Alaska adventures: Time and Tide and Balls and Stripes.