Angoon staves off elimination

Hydaburg finished early in C Bracket action

Angoon sprinted to a 12-3 lead Tuesday to open its C Bracket contest in a loser-out game before cruising to a 94-61 win to eliminate Hydaburg from the 65th Annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.


Angoon controlled the paint and gave up nothing easy under the basket, blocking and altering shots throughout the contest while owning the glass.

A 7-0 run early in the first minutes pushed Angoon ahead 12-3, punctuated by easy buckets after Hydaburg turnovers.

A layup by Frank Jack IV and a free throw from Albert Kookesh made it a 22-8 ball game with about 14 minutes left in the first half, though Hydaburg cut into the deficit with an 8-2 spurt of its own.

Doug Drazkowski stuck a 3-pointer to get things started, and a triple by Art Campbell made it 24-16 game, but it was all Angoon after that.

An 8-0 run, including two Jack triples and a Kevin Mitchell layup, pushed Angoon back out front 39-21. The teams traded scores the rest of the half and Angoon led 49-30 at the break.

Jack knocked down seven trifectas en route to a game-high 27 points.

“It’s a good win for us,” Jack said. “We came off a close loss to Hoonah, and what we wanted to do is come out and play a team game. We didn’t want to be a two-and-out team. We’ve all worked hard this year at home in the city league.

“We tried to work the ball around as much as we could and we hit our open shots, which is always good.”

Mitchell and Ken Johnson Sr. joined Jack in double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively, for Angoon.

Nathaniel Pettis and Drazkowski each scored 13 points for Hydaburg.

Angoon faces elimination again in a matchup with Yakutat at 6 p.m. today. The winner will face the winner of today’s 2 p.m. Hoonah-Klukwan tilt at 2 p.m. Thursday for a spot in the loser’s bracket semifinals.



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