Wolverines continue to grow at Pen Air Classic
Dillingham High School head coach Deon Lopez wasn't overly disappointed with the his team's performance this past weekend at the 2017 Pen Air Basketball Classic in Dillingham. The big thing for the veteran DHS coach was to see his team continue to improve as it gears up for the Southwest Regional Basketball Championships.
By all accounts, the Wolverines did just that.
"Overall it was a great tournament and I feel we took another step in getting ready for our regional tournament in three weeks," said Lopez, whose team was forced to play the tournament short-handed. "(We) saw some growth in some of the players over the weekend that will be key come Regions."
Dillingham, playing without two members of its team due to a death in their family, kicked off its outing on Thursday with a gutsy 53-51 loss to Hooper Bay.
In the loss, the Wolverines garnered double-digit performances from three starters, including a game-high 22 from Brandon George. Matthew Tennyson and Caden Smeaton added 13 and 10, respectively.
Kameron Bartman added three to the Wolverines' scoring totals. Teammates Dillon Chaney and Zachary Tilden chipped in two and one, respectively.
On Friday, the Wolverines suffered a 54-44 loss to the Chugiak junior varsity. Spurred by the win, Chugiak went on to win the Pen Air tournament championship.
Bartman led all Dillingham scorers against Chugiak by tossing in 13 points. George and Smeaton added 11 and eight, respectively. Tilden, Jaydem Mayer and Tennyson also scored in the affair.
On Saturday, Newhalen dealt Dillingham an 85-55 setback.
In the loss, George, Mayer and Smeaton all posted double-digit performances. George tallied a team-high 17. Mayer added 14, while Smeaton scored 12. George, Smeaton and Bartman were all selected to the Pen Air all-tournament squad.