By Craig Giammona
Courtesy Daily Sitka Sentinel
The Mt. Edgecumbe Braves ran their conference record to 6-0 on the season with a pair of wins over Craig Feb. 4-5. The Braves swept the weekend series on Prince of Wales Island with wins of 72-48 and 62-45. The victories improved the Braves to 12-3 overall on the season.
In the game Feb. 4, senior guard Savion Waters, of Anchorage, had 20 points and nailed six three-pointers, including four in the first quarter.
Travante Williams, also an Anchorage senior, also had 20 for MEHS. Zach Ivanoff, a senior from Unalakleet, chipped in 16 and Dominique Hall (Nome) had 12. Kacy Green (Hooper Bay) and Sean Melovidov (St. Paul) rounded out the scoring with 6 points each.
Waters again led the way in the Feb. 5 game with 16 points, while Ivanoff had 13. Cody Sherman (Nome) chipped in 10 and Melovidov and Williams each had 9.
Coach Young said the Braves have played well offensively this season. He said last month that the Braves were talented and would be dangerous if they could develop into a cohesive unit. So far, teams have had a lot of trouble slowing down the Braves offense. Young said his team needs to play better on the defensive end.
"Some of the shots we’re giving up are too easy,” he said.
The Mt. Edgecumbe High Braves are still mostly a mystery to
local basketball fans as each of their 15 games have been played away from B.J.
McGillis Gymnasium. The wins over Juneau-Douglas, Soldotna and Ketchikan, and
conference rivals Petersburg, Wrangell and Craig, have all come on the road.
Now, with six conference games remaining, the Braves are back on Japonski Island for an extended homestand.The home opener is , when the Metlakatla Chiefs visit B.J. McGillis. The Braves will also host Sitka and Haines in the coming weeks.
Coach Archie Young said it’s nice looking at the schedule and seeing a string of home games.“It’s one more day of comfort,” Young said when asked about the advantages of closing out the season at home. “There are more opportunities to be in the gym.”