Raider Boys Finish 3rd, Girls 6th at State Basketball

Mar 19, 2019

By beating Glennallen in the consolation round, Unalaska ended their season ranked third.
Credit Courtesy Karie Wilson

Unalaska's boys basketball (14-4) team came up short at state. The Raiders entered the state tournament ranked No. 1.

The boys beat Hooper Bay in the first round, 49-34. That set up a rematch with defending champion Metlakatla. The teams last played in the 2018 championship, when the Chiefs came away with the narrow, 49-45, victory. This game was not as close, with Metlakatla winning, 39-30.

While Unalaska finished the season in third -- after beating Glennallen, 59-54, in the consolation round -- they were the only team that beat eventual state champion Point Hope all season.

Senior Trevor Wilson was also named to the all-tournament team.

The Raider girls (11-10) finished their season ranked sixth. In the first round, they faced eventual state runner-up Nenana, falling 46-31. They pulled off a win in their second game against Wrangell, 49-40, advancing them in the consolation bracket, where they lost to Scammon Bay, 54-45.

While it wasn't the year for Unalaska, two Aleutian teams picked up state championship crowns at the 1A tournament. The King Cove girls continued their dominating run with a commanding 72-34 victory over Tri-Valley. That capped an undefeated season with a state title -- the second ever for the Rookies.

The King Cove boys completed the double play with a come-from-behind 59-54 victory over Nunamiut -- marking the program's first state championship.