The Hydaburg Haida avenged an opening-round loss to Huna ANB with a loser-out 95-82 win Thursday on the fifth day of the 65th Annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.
“The first game was a tough one because we only had six players — not to take anything away from those guys because they played hard and played well. But we kind of ran out of gas at the end of that first game,” Devin Edenshaw said after the win Thursday. “But this time, we had a lot more bench and they helped us out a lot.
“It was a different outcome when we could get some rest.”
Huna ANB held an early 6-2 lead, but Hydaburg took control with a quick 10-0 run. Edenshaw made a driving runner, Joe Young hit a short jumper and then got a steal, leading to a layup for Darren Edenshaw. Devin Edenshaw scored a nifty scoop shot off an up-and-under move, and a baseline drive-and-dish led to an easy bucket for Eric Hamilton and a 12-6 lead for the Haida.
The teams traded scores but Hydaburg quickly pulled away with a 14-0 run. Darren Edenshaw scored in the lane, and two 3-pointers by Harold Dilts bookended a score inside off a dish from Young. Darren Edenshaw scored back-to-back buckets to make it 28-12 in favor of the Haida, who continued to pull away, going up by as many as 18 points, 40-22, after two free throws by Dilts.
ANB cut the deficit to 13 after a score inside for Travis Dybdahl, but a steal by T.J. Young led to an old-fashioned 3-point play to push Hydaburg back up 16, 52-36, and a driving score by Devin Edenshaw made it an 18-point lead again for the Haida.
Huna scored the last four points of the half and Hydaburg led 54-40 at the break after Darren Edenshaw‚s score at the buzzer was waived off by the officials.
Huna ANB scored the first five points of the second half and cut the deficit all the way to eight points after a post-up score by Anthony Lindoff, and a bucket inside by Mike Schneeberger off a dish by James Wilson.
Vinny Edenshaw scored off the bounce for the Haida, but a triple from the wing by Lindoff made it a 7-point, 60-53 ball game.
But that‚s when the wheels fell off for the Huna ANB.
The Haida scored the next 11 points to take a 71-53 lead, and Huna got no closer than nine points as Hydaburg slowed the tempo late to kill the clock.
“When they got close, it was basically us because we were taking too many threes instead of trying to get into the lane,” Devin Edenshaw said. “We were trying to go for the kill right away and push (the lead) up with the three instead of going in for a layup.
“We have to learn to take better shots and not rush things to try and end the game early with 3-pointers.”
Devin Edenshaw didn‚t have any preference for which team, Haines or Angoon, the Haida played in today‚s loser‚s bracket finals.
“No, it doesn‚t matter,” he said. “Good luck to both of those teams. Whoever we get, we get.”
Darren Edenshaw and Dybdhal each scored 31 points to lead their respective teams.
Devin Edenshaw scored 18 points for Hydaburg, Vinny Edenshaw and Hamilton added 15 each, and Dilts put up 10.
Schneeberger scored 14 points, Lindstrom 11 and Lindoff 10 for Huna ANB.
Hydaburg meets Haines at 9 p.m. today in the finals of the loser’s bracket for a spot in Saturday’s B Bracket championship game against Angoon.