Haines defeats Eilson in OT by 6!

This was, by far, the most intense and emotional game of the tournament for the team, going into overtime to win, after coming from behind without their big man, Ame, who fouled out with over 5 minutes to play in the game, the Bears showed that they know how to fight, clear through to the end, and never give up. 

IMG_1258b Kyle Fossman scored 31, including 6 in overtime to edge out Eilson in the closing minutes of overtime.

IMG_0918_2n The game was played in the smaller court where often the smaller schools play their semifinal games.  ASAA tries to get as many schools as possible a chance to play in the big arena and so this is about as far as many of the teams go.  The big black curtain is an odd thing to have as a background. 

IMG_0988_2n It was an edge of the seat game with Haines trailing

So, we’ve really made it to the big time.  Championship on the big floor.

Victory: Glacier Bears Return Home

The town threw a welcome home party for the State Champion Basketball Team when they got home today at 11AM on the ferry.

IMG_0411 Of course I was there taking pictures with Mark in tow.  There were great banners made by the fans.  The band played the school song and Final Countdown.  It was great to see our boys get home again and see the smiles on their faces that only success can bring. 

IMG_1151 It’s still hard to get my mind wrapped around the fact that they won the state Championship!  Wow.  I find myself holding up my index finger and yelling, “NUMBER 1!!!” as if I did anything.   When we left the ferry termial, I wanted to get in front of the parade so that I could shoot back at the parade as it went through town, but it was being led by two police cars with flashing lights and I thought it would be bad form to pass them.  So I waited until I got to town and then took a side street and made it down to main street before they could get there.  The only downside was that my camera settings got bumped to shutter priority at 1/30.  Bummer.  In a moving vehicle 1/30 is not a good speed.  I’d rather have 1/250 or 1/500.

Here’s a video shot by Mark Jones which I posted on YouTube.

Haines Takes the IIIA Boys State Title!

Yesterday was a great day for Haines Basketball!

The game was played on KHNS live, and also on channel 3 TV.  The ultimate experience in Haines was listening to the radio while watching the game live (except for the two seconds of synch difference.

Here’s a clip from the ADN.


I watched the game live at the Fire Department with the Badgleys, Bachmans, and Stouts.  It was a rip-rourling good time for us.  And, I’m afraid to say, I lost my voice yelling & jumping into the air after great plays.  Haines 2 Heritage played a very controlled game and took us out of our transition game for the first quarter or so but for some reason stayed with that type of tempo even near the end of the game when they were down ten with a few minutes remaining.

In many respects, it was TENSE game with so much on the line and yet so little scoring from either team.  They were playing tough defense on Kyle, and were able to get a surpising number of buckets down low in the paint before we were able to adjust our defensive coverage to seal up the gaps.  A few early time-outs gave tine for Coach Fossman toput a stop to that as did a few key blocked shots under the bucket. 

Haines had very few turnovers from the team in the game, and really looked like they stepped it up a notch in the tourney, and played very well.

It was really cool to see the boys playing live with such good video coverage.  They had nice floor coverage with two cameras, one on each end, then a regular high angle shot.  I’d rather not see the score all the time at the top of the screen and see the score game a little closer in, Haines 3bbut hey, that’s nitpicking.   Really great camera work.

The announcers really didn’t do their homework on the teams (how could they really? with so many teams to potentially cover).  It’d be nice if they had season stats to rattle off during the color time, instead of taking about the inherent value of the 3 point line an dhow it changed the game (that was in the 80s fellas, it’s not really news anymore).  think it would be nice if each team that made it to the final four would provide summary season stats and brief bio of each player.  I think I’m going to buy a copy of the DVD of a few of the games. 

Ame, a monster on the boards, really gave us what we needed inside!  Ame had a VERY impressive block on their tall post player that kind of quieted him down for the rest of the game.  The guy really had a very quick catch and release and Ame got his number, so to speak and brought him down.  He had a few great post moves inside where he scored even while triple teamed.

Orion really earned his spot on the all-tourney team in the second half.  Heritage didn’t really seem to expect that Orion could take the ball into the paint and be productive, and were left with having to foul him to stop the inside shots. 

Haines 4 Of course one of the big things a team has to do when they play us is figure out what they’re going to do with Kyle.  They played good denial ball when Kyle didn’t have the ball, not giving Kyle really many looks at the basket, then they’d double up on him when he got the ball on the perimeter.  Of course it’s best if you can just get on top of Kyle and hold him down so he can’t move, but then the ref is likely to point his finger at you (see above).

Olsen really stepped up his game and was a considerable presence on the inside.  He played a solid game and was right in there mixing it up near the rim contesting shots and making room for himself.

Bears bring down the Grizzlies

Kyle Fossman scores 39 points to lead the Bears over the Grizzlies, 65 to 52. Ame Cornacchione Pitches in 10 with 8 boards.

They were in the Wells Fargo Sports Complex at UAA on Thursday (but will play to night at the Sullivan Arena). Kyle played a very strong game hitting 61% (14 of 23) from the field. Grace Christian is private school located in Anchorage and has a 9-12 enrollment of nearly 250 students. The GC girls played Edgecumbe in the same facility just before this game.

Ame scored 10 points as he held 6-8 center Kellan Moll to just six points (Kellan will be playing for Seattle Pacific in the fall).

They play again tonight in the Sullivan Arena against Eilson who lost last year to Petersburg in the championship game by two points.

A few cheerleaders stayed on to cheer: Elizabeth B., Kelsi G, Tiffany M., Jordan P., and Rene M. Cheerleading Coach Teri Podsiki is flying down to Ohio to be with her father who is undergoing surgery.