Kings Look to Repeat at CCCC

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Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

The annual Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic basketball tournament runs Friday, Dec 27 through Sunday, Dec 29.

It will be the first game for the Kings. Kayhi is the defending champions after beating Lewis and Clarke (60-52) in the championship game last year. 

Senior Kristian Pihl said he is excited for this upcoming tournament.

“It’s always exciting, it’s by far the best tournament in Alaska,” said Pihl. “With it being my last year there’s more pressure to win it, I have two Clarke championships under my belt, but my mindset is to never be satisfied, I want to go get three.”

Team to watch: Cascade (OR)
Cascade is 5-0, ranked No. 2 in the 4A coaches poll, No. 8 by the Oregon School Activities Association and No. 14 in RPI. Cascade is not just winning games, it’s winning big, sporting a 28.8 margin of victory and is averaging 82 points per game in their last two contests. 


The Lady Kings defeated Thunder Mountain (43-33) last year to claim third place in the tournament. 

Senior Lianne Guevarra isn’t looking forward to it being her last Clarke Cochrane tournament but is determined to work hard and hopes the team gets better at communicating with each other.

“Excitement and nervousness is what I’m feeling, If anything, the one emotion I’m mostly feeling is determination,” said Guevarra. “I’m not ready for this to be my last Clarke, but I am ready to give it my all and hopefully we work together as a team and gain teamwork.” 

Team to watch: Esperanza (CA)
The Aztecs are back for the first time since they cruised to the 2016 CCCC Championship with a win over West Anchorage. They are led by Alyssa Kubo who is averaging 16.3 points per game and is shooting 46% from 3-point. She tied the school record with seven 3-pointers in a win earlier this season. Esperanza is 9-2 with a 14-point win over the defending California Division 3-AA state champion.

The first game to kick off the tournament is Thunder Mountain girls vs Franklin (Washington) at 9:00 a.m on Friday, December 27th.

Previous Kayhi results:
2018
Boys
W 78-45 vs. Metlakatla 
W 55-51 vs. Philomath (OR)
W 60-52 vs. Lewis and Clarke (Championship)

Girls 
W 37-36 vs. Metlakatla
L 58-21 vs. Lathrop
W 43-33 vs. Thunder Mountain (Third Place)

2017
Boys
W 77-65 vs. Metlakatla
L 65-56 vs. West Valley
L 73-68 vs. West Anchorage (Fifth Place)

Girls
W 55-36 vs. Kenai
W 50-47 vs. West Valley
L 51-49 vs. Jefferson (Second Place)

2016
Boys
W 61-34 vs. Lathrop
W 73-46 vs. North Pole
W 74-63 vs. Thunder Mountain (Championship)

Girls
W 54-29 vs. North Pole
L 49-35 vs. West Anchorage
W 45-33 vs. South Eugene (Third Place)

Brackets:
CCCC – 2019 Boys Bracket 12_12
CCCC Girls Bracket 12_12

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