Kings, Bears finish tied atop SE Conference

Southeast Conference rivals Ketchikan and Juneau-Douglas staged another classic clash Saturday at Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.


Neither team knows exactly when it will play again.

Jesse Lindgren hit a free throw to break a 42-42 tie with 12.5 seconds remaining, Chas Allen scored a game-high 18 points, and the Ketchikan boys’ basketball team beat Juneau-Douglas 44-42 on senior night in Ketchikan.

“It was what a game should be this time of year,” Kings coach Eric Stockhausen said. “It was a grinder and we somehow found a way to win at the end.

“We’ll watch film Monday, practice Tuesday in the morning, and we don’t know when we play.”

With the No. 1 seed — and a first-round Southeast Conference Tournament bye — at next week’s 4A Southeast Regional in Juneau up for grabs, Ketchikan’s two-point win only served to further muddy the conference waters.

The Crimson Bears entered Saturday’s game with a 2-1 advantage head-to-head and a plus-two point differential against the Kings. But Ketchikan’s win gave the rivals matching 6-2 records in region play, and the teams were still tied after head-to-head, point-differential and common-opponent tiebreakers.

According to an e-mail from
Ketchikan Athletic Director Lynn Wadley, the final tiebreaker will be a blind draw with the first team chosen seeded No. 1. The Region V secretary in Thorne Bay will conduct the draw Sunday afternoon, and the No. 2 seed will play Thunder Mountain at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday in Juneau.

Ketchikan needed a 10-2 run over the final eight minutes just to make things interesting.

Lindgren got a nice feed from senior Xavier Jones and converted a layup to make it 40-36, Juneau-Douglas, early in the third quarter, but the Crimson Bears’ Eddie Hurtte answered with a basket — the Bears’ only points of the period — to push the lead back to six with 5:45 remaining.

Jones hit Allen for a layup to made it 42-39, then forced a steal at half-court and drew a foul on Juneau-Douglas’ Colin Gozelski in transition. He split a pair of free throws to cut the lead to two, and the score steadied there as the Crimson Bears turned the ball over after a lengthy possession, Juneau-Douglas’ Lance Ibesate missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and Ketchikan senior Keagan Lervick missed a layup.

Allen tied the game at 42-42 with a driving left-handed layup with 44.4 seconds left, drawing a foul but missing the free throw after the Bears’ DeAndre “Jazz” King failed to convert a 1-and-1 chance at the other end.

Lindgren gave Ketchikan a 43-42 lead with a free throw. On the next JDHS possession, Gozelski was called for traveling on the wing with 2.1 seconds left and Ketchikan senior Alex Williams made it 44-42 with another 1-for-2 trip to the line.

When a deep 3-pointer by Lance Ibesate hit the back iron at the buzzer, Ketchikan escaped.

“We were a little flat for about 28 minutes,” Stockhausen said. “We just weren’t sharp. ... We didn’t shoot as well as we knew we were capable, and a lot of that credit goes to Juneau.”

Juneau-Douglas went 5-for-17 from the free throw line in a 62-50 loss Friday and 4-for-7 with two big misses late Saturday.

“We missed our free throws,” JDHS coach Steve Potter said. “Really, we make one of those free throws, it’s a completely different game. It changes the whole end-game scenario.”

Allen came up big in his final home game, scoring seven points in the first quarter and five in the fourth to finish as the only player on either team in double figures. Junior Kyle Day added eight points and Williams had seven. Lindgren had averaged 19.8 points per game in his previous five contests, but finished with five Saturday.

JDHS utilized a balanced scoring attack led by Ibesate and Ryan Baldwin’s eight points each, King added seven, and Tony Yadao and Gozelski each had six.

Ketchikan drops JDHS

62-50 on Friday

Jesse Lindgren continued his strong play of late with a team-high 20 points, senior Chas Allen added 15, and Ketchikan took a big step toward earning the No. 1 seed at next week’s 4A Southeast Conference Tournament with a 62-50 win over the rival Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears on Friday at Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.

Ketchikan led for most of the first three quarters until an 11-0 run by JDHS put the Crimson Bears ahead 35-34 with 2:30 left in the third quarter. The Kings responded immediately with a 10-0 run of their own, getting a pair of 3-pointers from junior Kyle Day and a floater from Lindgren to make it 44-35 with 59 seconds left in the period.

The Bears cut the lead to 51-44 on a jumper by Tony Yadao with 3:01 left in the fourth quarter, and the teams traded baskets until Lance Ibesate hit a triple to pull the Crimson Bears within six at the 1:42 mark. Ketchikan turned the ball over and Yadao split a pair of free throws to make it 55-50, but Day earned two freebies on the other end and Ibesate missed the front end of a 1-and-1 on Juneau-Douglas’ next possession.



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