Posts Tagged: Basketball

Alaskans on collision course in $1 million winner-take-all event

July 26, 2021

Anchorage’s Jalil Abdul-Bassit and Derrick Wilson are on a collision course to face off in the quarterfinals of The Basketball Tournament, which has a winner-take-all $1 million grand prize. Both players saw their teams win first-round games in the Illinois Regional. Now they need to win today and again in Wednesday’s sweet 16 to advance… Read more »

Dunlap third Alaskan to have hand in netting NBA championship

July 21, 2021

The state of Alaska has another NBA champion, and his name is Mike Dunlap of Fairbanks. The 64-year-old is an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks, who beat the Phoenix Suns 105-98 in Game 6 to win the best-of-7 series. “Soooo happppy,” Dunlap texted. He is the third Alaskan to have a hand in winning… Read more »

Abdul-Bassit looks to use TBT as springboard for next venture

July 15, 2021

Coming off wrist surgery, Anchorage’s Jalil Abdul-Bassit had plenty of motivation to work his way back into shape. A chance to win his share of $1 million. Abdul-Bassit has joined a University of Oregon alumni team that will compete for big money in The Basketball Tournament, a 64-team, single-eliminator with a $1 million winner-take-all grand… Read more »

Griffin records fourth 20-point, 20-rebound game in Australia

July 13, 2021

It’s clear Kelsey Griffin of Eagle River is still a force on the basketball court after another eye-popping 20/20 performance. The 34-year-old forward produced her fourth career 20-point, 20-rebound game in her ninth pro season in Australia. She poured in 27 points and 20 rebounds for the Launceston Tornadoes in an 87-86 overtime loss to… Read more »

Touray, Burgess, Naylor represent AK on NWAC All-Decade Team

July 11, 2021

Three Alaskans were named to the 2010s NWAC All-Decade Team. The two-year college league recognized Anchorage’s Bubacar Touray as a First Team selection for men’s soccer, Eagle River’s Ashlynn Burgess as a Second Team pick for women’s basketball and Anchorage’s Zak Naylor as a Third Team choice for men’s soccer. The NWAC is comprised of… Read more »

Friday Flashback: Kroon was NCAA D2 legend for blocked shots

July 9, 2021

Wasilla’s Brittney Kroon overcame a liver transplant in high school to become one of the greatest shot blockers in NCAA D2 women’s basketball history. The 6-foot-4 center played at Seattle Pacific University from 2002 to 2006 and finished her career with 419 blocks, including 13 in one game. She ranks fifth all-time in D2 in… Read more »

NBA Finals coach Dunlap named Alaska Athlete of the Week

July 6, 2021

Mike Dunlap of Fairbanks was named Alaska Athlete of the Week after helping lead the Milwaukee Bucks to the NBA Finals from the bench. The 64-year-old assistant coach continues to elevate Alaska basketball as the first Alaskan to coach in the NBA. He is now the first Alaskan to coach in the NBA Finals after… Read more »

Griffin headlines Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame 2021 class

June 30, 2021

One of Alaska’s greatest basketball players elevated the Nebraska women’s program to new heights during her career. Eagle River’s Kelsey Griffin is now getting the ultimate reward. The hoops star headlines the 2021 University of Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame class that will be inducted Oct. 1 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Griffin led the Huskers to… Read more »

NBA conference finals nod latest feather in Dunlap coaching cap

June 23, 2021

In the twilight of his 40-year hoops coaching career, Mike Dunlap of Fairbanks takes nothing for granted. He savors every moment and soaks up memories like a sponge, especially when it comes to winning a Game 7 in the NBA playoffs. The 64-year-old assistant coach celebrated like a rock star after his Milwaukee Bucks held… Read more »

Hebard gets hot in second half, lifts Chicago to 5th straight win

June 19, 2021

She isn’t used to starting the game on the bench, but Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks is definitely accustomed to being on the court for crunch time. The second-year forward got hot in the second half to lift the Chicago Sky to a 91-81 victory over the visiting Connecticut Sun in the WNBA. Hebard scored 13… Read more »