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West Valley Wolfpack Boys win Denali State Bank Ice Jam Tournament

Tyriq Luke named tournament MVP
Published: Jan. 31, 2022 at 8:14 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - West Valley High School hosted the Denali State Bank Ice Jam Tournament over the weekend. Twelve games in three days with the Wasilla Warriors, Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears, and the Lathrop Malemutes the three teams that joined the Wolfpack in weekend competition.

Thursday night, the Wolfpack took care of business against Wasilla taking down the Warriors in blowout fashion. Stewart Erhart and Tyriq Luke each scored twenty two points on the way to West Valley’s thirty eight point win, 74-36 the final score from Thursday. Koltin Thompson was the other double-digit scorer with eleven.

Friday night saw the interior showdown between West Valley and Lathrop. The Malemutes got twenty points from Earl Parker and Rylee Corbett’s combined twenty points, but the West Valley duo of Erhart and Thompson, each had twenty-plus nights individually. Koltin Thompson had the game-high twenty four points. West Valley took down their cross-town rivals, 58-41.

After starting, their tournament 2-0, the West Valley Wolfpack already knew they were the champions regardless of Saturday’s game. Facing Juneau-Douglas to finish their tournament, the Crimson Bears hung with the Wolfpack in the first half, only trailing West Valley by one at halftime. Something changed though in the second half, and despite West Valley only scoring ten in the third, the Wolfpack defense put the pressure on Juneau-Douglas, holding them to just three points. The fourth quarter was West Valley’s highest scoring quarter (twenty one), and the Wolfpack pulled away with a fifteen point win, 61-46.

Tyriq Luke had the best performance in the game, dropping thirty five points, accounting for 57% of the offense in the game. That performance also secured him as the tournament’s “Most Valuable Player.” Over the course of the whole weekend, it might have been a toss-up between Erhart and Luke for who would be named MVP. Both were deserving of the honor, but there was one clarifying factor.

Despite Luke, only scoring six points against Lathrop due to foul trouble (one foul away from disqualification in the third quarter), Erhart was the one that found himself in foul trouble Saturday, and eventually fouled out in the fourth quarter, ending with four points. Tyriq averaged twenty one points per game during the tournament, securing MVP.

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