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Bucs take second place in three-day Elks Tournament

Teams readies for conference games to the north at Monroe Catholic


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The Buccaneers kept the lead during Saturday's match against the Cordova Wolverines - thwarting a last-minute rally in the final moments of the game.

Hot off its three-game victory of the Seward tournament, the Buccaneers took second place in the Elks Tournament.

Valdez bashed its way to the top during the excitement of three days of home games, including a repeat-win against Seward and staving off a last minute rally by it's arch-rivals, the Cordova Wolverines.

"The boys continued to play with heart and determination," Buccaneer coach Todd Wegner said in an email Monday.

The Bucs went all the way Thursday in its game against Seward, winning 58 to 33 in front of an appreciative home crowd at Valdez High School.

Seth Auble led the charge to the top, contributing 18 points, followed by Bennett Hinkle, with 13 points.

That victory led to Friday's matchup against Cordova.

Valdez took the lead early but began to sweat it in the final minutes of the fourth quarter when the Wolverines scored two three-point shots and began eating into the point spread.

Auble and Hinkle again topped in scoring, contributing 18 and 17 points each.

The Bucs hit a rough patch against Grace Christian, and suffered its first loss in five games, 39-52.

"They played Grace in the championship game and though they came up a little short on the scoreboard, played hard to the end and represented Valdez respectfully," Wegner said.

Auble, Hinkle and Tyler Mann were awarded All-Tournament medals.

"Thanks to our community for organizing and supporting this tournament," Wegner said. "It is always one of my most favorite times of the year."

The team will travel to Monroe this week for a set of Aurora Conference games.


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