UPDATE: Sagemont finished play in the Alaska Airlines Classic late Saturday night with a 67-30 win over Northwood (LA).
Before taking the court for their final game in Anchorage, however, the Lions traveled two hours north to meet 2012 Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey. The team also stopped in Wasilla, the home of former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
In Willow, Alaska, the team spent the day dog-sledding and snoe-shoeing.
email to the Sun Sentinel. “I came into this trip with the idea that dog-sledding was inhumane to some extent. It isn’t at all. These dogs are well cared for and truly loved by Dallas and his staff…After we made the two-hour trek back home, we headed to the gym to play our third and final game of this tournament…we played very well, especially in the second half and were able to win the game by a comfortable margin. I was very proud of our guys and this performance provided us with the momentum we needed for a big few upcoming weeks for us.”
Sagemont will leave Alaska late Sunday and will return to South Florida, where they will take on District 14-3A rival Coral Springs Christian on Wednesday.
FROM AN EARLIER REPORT: The athletic program at Hoover High in Alabama earned national exposure several years ago when its football team was featured in MTV’s “Two-A-Days” series.
This week, the Sagemont boys basketball team learned Hoover’s basketball team is talented too.
Late Friday night, the Buccaneers earned a 75-59 win over Sagemont in the semifinals of the Alaska Airlines Classic at West Anchorage High.
“We certainly didn’t play our best basketball, but a lot of that had to do with Hoover and their very disciplined man-to-man defense,” Sagemont coach Adam Ross wrote in an email to the Sun Sentinel. “They deserve a lot of credit. While everyone on our team is very disappointed with our performance, being here in Alaska and experiencing this incredible place somehow lessens the sting some…Because this trip is so much bigger than basketball, both from an educational and a team bonding perspective, we will turn the page quickly and enjoy the rest of our time here.”
Along with playing basketball in Alaska, the Lions (12-2) have participated in a number of cultural experiences, including a Friday visit to the Native Alaskan Community and Educational Center.
Saturday, the team will travel two hours north of Anchorage to go dog mushing with 2012 Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey. Later they’ll take on Louisiana’s Northwood High.
Sagemont is scheduled to return to South Florida on a late flight Sunday night. The Lions opened tournament play in Alaska with a 73-39 win over Alaska’s Eagle River High late Thursday.
“Hopefully all of these great games and these Alaskan experiences pay off for us down the road back in Florida,” Ross wrote.
Sagemont will take on District 14-3A rival Coral Springs Christian on Wednesday.