The Kodiak Emerging Small Schools boys basketball team lost all three games at the Seldovia Tournament that concluded Saturday.

ESS fell to tournament champion Seldovia, 63-39, Birchwood (score not reported) and Nikolaevsk, 64-40.

The three losses dropped ESS to 2-4 in the Peninsula Conference after starting the season with two straight wins against Lumen Christi.

“We are doing a lot of things really well,” ESS coach Ross Elvehjem said. “We just need to work on the intangibles.”

Senior Wade Bartelson was placed on the all-tournament team, while Christopher Phillips won the 3-point competition.

Against Seldovia, ESS trailed 17-9 after the first quarter and 35-20 at halftime.

ESS led Nikolaevsk 15-12 after the first quarter, but was outscored in each of the final three quarters.

“We can play with anybody in our conference,” Elvehjem said. “We just need everything to click at the same time and we will be golden.”

ESS, which left the island last Wednesday, continues its lengthy road trip Wednesday at Ninilchik.

The team travels back to Kodiak on Thursday and will play Kodiak High School’s C squad and junior varsity teams on Friday and Saturday.

Derek Clarkston is a staff writer at the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Contact him at 907-486-3227.ext. 625.

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