Annual Joe Floyd Christmas Basketball Tournament wrapped up Saturday night, with
the Dimond High School Lady Lynx running away with the girls' title, while the Kodiak
Bears won the boys'.
While neither the Lady Bears, Bethel Warriors nor the Grace Christian
Grizzlies gave the Lady Lynx any trouble, the Point Hope Harpooners and the Bethel
Warriors tested the Kodiak boys, forcing the Bears to come from half-time deficits
both nights to win.
Joe Floyd, who
founded the tournament in the mid-1960s, said at half time of the tournament finale
Saturday night that he receives a lot of credit, but said the real credit goes to
those who've sustained the event over the the decades.
-- (Floyd 1 25 sec "When
the snowball gathers ... want to be there.")
One of the issues
the tournament has faced in the past few years is getting teams to commit to the
event because of a change in the academic year, which now puts first semester finals
just before Christmas. In fact, the boys' bracket was a team short this year, forcing
the Kodiak junior varsity team to compete, though they and the varsity did not play
each other, meaning they only had two games apiece. As a result, this may be the
last tournament held in December:
-- (Floyd 2 30 sec "You
know I don't really worry ... their namesakes are here.")
Christmas falls on January 7, which would give the teams about three more weeks
of competition under their belts - something Floyd thinks would raise the level
of play in the tournament.
-- (Floyd 3 24 sec "When
we first started this ... be anything wrong with that.")
The Dimond girls
were 3-and-0, followed by Kodiak and Grace Christian at 2-and-1, while the Lady
Warriors were oh-and-3.
On the boy's
side, the Kodiak varsity was 2-and-0, while Bethel was 2-and-1. Point Hope was 1-and-2,
and the Kodiak JV was 0-2.