After a clean sweep in the Region V tournament last week, Kayhi (19-8) boys will travel to Anchorage to participate in the state basketball tournament. Junior Kristian Pihl has been dreaming of winning a region title since freshman year.
“This year I told myself that we absolutely had to win regions,” Pihl said. “It’s so relieving going to state this year after last years upset, we definitely deserve it and I’m looking forward to tearing it up with the team up there.”
Kayhi received No. 8 seed at the tournament and play No. 1 seed East Anchorage High School (24-4) in the first round of the state tournament. Kayhi has played East High twice this season losing to them once in an exhibition before the O’Brady’s Tournament and once in the O’Brady’s tournament. Kings senior Jake Taylor knows Kayhi stands a chance against East Anchorage in the first round.
“The seeding at state this year was definitely not in our favor,” Taylor said. “But that’s not gonna stop us, we’ve played East before and we’ve managed to maintain an even game all the way until half. If we wanna win we’re push through that second half, beating East is definitely possible, no one has a secured place already in state.”
Key to the Tourney:
Focus. In the region championship game, Kayhi allowed JD to come back from a 16 point deficit. If Kayhi wants to get through the first game against East, they need to focus on maintaining a lead in second half. Kayhi needs to play defense all four quarters and force East Anchorage to take bad shots.
No. 1 East Anchorage
No. 5 Soldotna
No.4 West Anchorage
No.7 West Valley