In victory or defeat both the boys and girls varsity basketball teams set prime examples of sportsmanship during the first round of the regional tournament.
Hosting the 2019 Regional Tournament, the Seward Seahawks basketball clubs walked away from the first round with promise for the rest of the tournament. The girls suffered a loss at the hands of top-seeded Anchorage Christian School and will have to win out for a fourth-place finish. The boys won handsomely in their matchup against Houston High School to advance to the second round.
The girls’ opening game was a rematch against ACS. Backed by an energetic home crowd, the Seahawks started the game with a stout defensive performance. Keeping Anchorage Christian’s offense to just five points halfway through the first period.
But turnovers and offensive struggles killed the Seahawks. ACS took advantage of the struggling offense and snowballed a ten-point lead by the end of the first period.
Once ACS cracked the defense, they continued to put up points. ACS won the game with a final score of 71 to 23.
Senior Riley von Borstel lead the Seahawks in scoring with nine points. Rounding out the scoring for the Seahawks was Sophomore Anavey Ambrosiani with four points, Sophomore Katelyn Lemme with three, Senior Ashley Jackson, Junior Shelly Sewell and Sophomore Sequoia Sieverts with two points and Freshman Hannah Schilling with one.
The Seahawks will need to win out in order to place in the top four on their home turf
After the girls game, the boys took the court. The story of their game against Houston was the polar opposite of the girls.
Offensively and defensively, the Seahawks controlled the game, dropping 40 points against Houston and allowing the Hawks to only 5 points in the first half.
Houston had no answer for the Seahawks in the first half. The Seahawks showed off their ability to deal with adversity on offense.
When Junior Connor Spanos and Sophomore Max Pfeiffenberger got going, Houston would focus on shutting them down, only to have Sophomore Sam Koster and Junior John Moriarty attack them.
It was a dominant performance that sent the Seahawks to the semi-finals.
Spanos lead the Seahawks in scoring with 12 points. Followed by Pfeiffenberger with ten. Rounding out the scoring for the Seahawks was Koster with nine points, Senior Nathaniel Basalo with eight, Senior Josh Jarvis and Junior Bjorn Nilson with six, Moriarty with five and Freshman Tommy Cronin with two.
The Seahawks next game will be a rematch of last weekend’s game against regional frontrunner ACS. Tip-off is at 9 p.m. tonight.