The boys varsity team competed in the Husky Invitational this past weekend in Kotzebue. The Bucs first game of the tournament was against Unalaska last Thursday. Valdez played evenly in the beginning with Valdez leading 11-9 at the end of the first. In the second quarter Unalaska outscored the Bucs by 11 points and ended the half with a 26-17 lead. Over the next two quarters Valdez fought their way back, but lost 44-41. Valdez was led by senior Seth Auble who finished the game with 17 points 8 rebounds.
On Friday, the Bucs bounced back with a huge win over the Nome-Beltz Nanooks. After jumping out to a quick 12 point lead in the first quarter the Bucs added onto the lead for the rest of the game and won 61-42. As a team Valdez shot an efficient 53% for the game. Auble once again led the way for Valdez in scoring with 17 points. Also contributing was freshman Jalen Freeman who scored 15 points.
On Saturday, Valdez played their final game of the tournament against the hometown Kotzebue Huskies. At the end of two quarters Valdez sat comfortably with a 23-13 going into the second half. In the 4th quarter the Huskies tried to diminish the lead, but the Bucs were able to maintain control and won the game 55-48 led by Seth Auble who scored 25 points on 68 percent shooting. Bennett Hinkle scored 15 points and recorded 3 steals.
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