Juneau-Douglas controlled the paint and kept cold-shooting Ketchikan at bay down the stretch for a 53-45 win in Wednesday’s second round of the 4A boys’ bracket of the Region V 3A/4A Basketball Tournament at JDHS.
“We’ve tried to emphasize containing guys and not gambling so much and just doing the work,” JDHS coach Steve Potter said afterward. “I thought we did a fair job with that. Obviously, we broke down there at the end a couple of times late in the game and missed some free throws we don’t want to miss, but I’m certainly pleased with our effort.
“We’re looking forward to Friday’s game.”
Free throw and perimeter shooting were the downfall for the Kings. Ketchikan shot just 3 of 17 from the arc and made just 8 of 19 from the line, and were never able to crack the Crimson Bears’ defense in the paint. The Kings, outsized in the paint, fared well against JDHS underneath this year by taking advantage of their superior quickness.
But not on Wednesday night.
JDHS made better than 41 percent of its shots from the field and 15 of 23 from the stripe.
Junior guard Tony Yadao led all scorers with 20 points after a hot start.
Yadao scored the first 11 points for for the Bears, including a trio of triples, as Juneau-Douglas built a 16-9 lead after a quarter of play. Yadao’s third 3-pointer made it a 9-4 game, and a Ryan Baldwin steal led to a stickback for Alec Calloway and a 13-6 JDHS lead.
The teams traded scores the rest of the way and the Bears led 16-9 heading into the second quarter.
Ketchikan senior Jesse Lindgren made two free throws and Kyle Day scored inside to cut into the Bears’ lead to start the second quarter.
JDHS answered with six straight points to push back ahead by nine after De’Andre “Jazz” King scored inside, Lance Ibesate got a steal and dished across the lane to Yadao for a contested layup. Yadao then whipped a pass from the wing inside to Alec Calloway for a 22-13 Bears lead.
A putback for Day drew the Kings within five points, 24-19, but a loose ball was slapped out to a wide-open Ibesate at the top of the key, where he rose and drained a 3-pointer.
On the Kings’ ensuing possession, Day ball faked, dribbled right and stuck a pull-up jumper.
Senior Colin Gozelski scored a stickback at the buzzer and the Bears took a 29-21 lead into the locker room.
Juneau-Douglas held its lead throughout the third quarter as Ketchikan made just 2 of 9 free throw attempts. The Bears scored just 10 points in the third but took a 39-30 lead into the fourth, and the Kings drew no closer than five points the rest of the way.
Gozelski pulled down 13 rebounds as the Bears beat the Kings 40-29 on the boards and scored 14 second-chance points to Ketchikan’s six. Ibesate chipped in 11 points and five rebounds for JDHS.
Day led the Kings with 17 points, and Allen chipped in 11 points and six rebounds.
Ketchikan plays Thunder Mountain today at 1:30 p.m., and the winner face JDHS at 8:30 p.m.