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Prep Hoops: Dimond boys post 66-49 win to snap Colony’s 11-game winning streak

The Dimond boys basketball team found a winning recipe Thursday night that included a little Amelio Ambrosio mixed in with some Javonte Walls and a splash of Marek Hajdukovich.

That blend of talent helped Dimond cook Colony 66-49 for the Cook Inlet Conference team’s biggest victory of the season, snapping the Knights’ 11-game winning streak.

Ambrosio scored 19 points, Walls netted 18 and Hajdukovich had 14 for Dimond, which entered the non-conference game having lost four of five.

The Lynx took control after scoring the final 11 points of the first quarter to build a 19-7 advantage, with the Big 3 producing all the points.

Hajdukovich’s hard take and finger roll pushed the lead to 29-13. Dimond found success attacking Colony’s interior defense and scored 36 of its 66 points in the post.

Dimond’s defense regularly trapped Colony ballhanders to force turnovers and rushed shots. That set the tempo and the Knights never found a consistent rhythm.

They finally got going late in the second quarter and early in the third quarter when Colony used a 14-4 run to get as close as 35-29. The surge started with Blake Dinkel’s three-point play and was capped by Mylz Mongeau’s 3-point jumper.

That was Colony’s first and only long-range bucket of the night as Dimond outscored the Knights 21-3 from 3-point range. By contrast, Colony converted three and-1s and cashed in on two inbounds plays that were drawn up well.

Dimond’s Javonte Walls goes up for a shot at last month’s Alaska Airlines Classic. Photo by Stephanie Burgoon/Alaska Sports Report

Dinkel led Colony with 15 points and Eli Whitworth score 10 while Mongeau finished with eight for the Northern Lights Conference frontrunner.

Back-to-back 3s by Ambrosio and Hajdukovich helped the Lynx push the lead back to double figures.

Dimond (11-8) also got a lift down the stretch from Travon Wilson and Sam Odia. Wilson’s scoop shot extended the lead to 37-29 and his floater in the lane made it 54-38.

Colony (14-3) features only two seniors and starts a pair of freshmen in Mongeau and LJ Jones. The 6-foot-4 Mongeau looks like an upperclassman and plays like one. His stop-and-pop jumper at the elbow was smooth and got the Knights within 47-38 after three quarters.

Early in the final frame Dimond countered with a 10-2 run getting a 3 from Ambrosio, an offensive rebound putback by Hajdukovich, a floater from Wilson and a 3 from Walls.

Ambrosio’s layup made it 62-42 on a feed from Hajdukovich, who had four assists.

COLONY (49) – Mongeau 8, Dinkel 15, Whitworth 10, Sterling 4, Spencer 7, Jones 3, Reaves 2.

DIMOND (66) – Jav.Walls 18, Ambrosio 19, Wilson 6, Hajdukovich 14, Odia 5, Pederson 2, Jae.Walls 2.

Colony 7 13 18 11 – 49
Dimond 19 12 16 19 – 66

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