Juneau-Douglas High School senior Alec Calloway scored eight of his game-high 17 points in the final three minutes of Friday night’s 48-45 Crimson Bears win over visiting Chugiak, shutting down a late rally that saw the Mustangs fight back from a 26-9 halftime deficit.
“He is very active,” JDHS coach Robert Casperson said. “And we need that to spread. We need more guys to buy into that, it is just pure hustle plays and they make a big difference down the stretch. Our effort was there for the most part but our execution wasn’t the best. If we weren’t getting layups we struggled to score and fortunately Calloway hit some jumpers in the fourth quarter and he got active without the ball.”
Calloway put in a rebound follow minutes into the first quarter to compliment the guard duo of Lane Ibesate and Tony Yadao and JDHS was off to the races.
While the Mustangs only trailed 11-7 starting the second period, the Crimson Bears had yet to pick up their defensive pressure.
Baskets by Ryan Kelly and Jeffrey Pusich opening the second stanza set the Crimson Bears into a press mentality and Chugiak was held to just two points for the remainder of the half.
Casperson cleared the bench in the third period and Taylor Swofford snatched the biggest rebound of the night, picking a missed Mustang shot off the rim and threw an outlet pass to a streaking Ibesate. Swofford then blocked a shot and challenged a second attempt as the aggressive Chugiak team starting firing farther out side the lane.
Chugiak’s Ryan Harris hit four of his five trey’s in the third period as the Mustangs closed to within seven at 35-28.
“We can’t just let a team’s shooter see the basket for free like that,” Casperson commented.
After a Kelly free throw to open the fourth quarter, Chugiak’s Marquiz Spearman tipped in a shot to bring the Mustangs within six, 36-30.
Twice Chugiak pulled to within one point as the Crimson Bears pulled the ball out in a spread, but missed a shot. Leading by one 40-39, Calloway began his late game heroics with three short jumpers and a blocked shot, and Ibesate kissed in a fast break lay up.
Chugiak’s Skyler Fullmer hit a trey at the buzzer to end the scoring in a losing effort.
Ibesate added 12 points for the Crimson Bears, Yadao seven, Kelly and Jackson Lehnhart three each, Pusich, Darien Stanger, and Evan Gross two apiece.
Harris led Chugiak with 15 points, Steven Puterbaugh and Fullmer eight apiece, Matt Oldenkamp five, Spearman four, Kenny Peques three, and Wade Snell two.
JDHS hit 10-15 at the charity stripe, Chugiak went 7-13.
Yadao led the Crimson Bears with 20 points on Saturday night, burying three straight baskets in the first period and three straight triples in the second as JDHS opened a 31-16 halftime advantage.
JDHS scored in double figures in each period while the Mustangs tallied 17 points in the final stanza after the game’s outcome was set.
The Crimson Bears were up 45-22 starting the final period.
Ibesate, Lehnhart and Austin Shoemaker added six points each, Pusich and Calloway four, Aquino Brinson and Phillip Fenumiai three apiece, Gary Speck two and Gross one.
Skyler Fullmer led the Mustangs with nine points, Puterbaugh and Harris six apiece, Spearman five, Roger Jorgensen four, Snell three, Plumb and Oldenkamp two each, and P. Fullmer one.
JDHS went 17-28 from the line, Chugiak hit just 12-32.
The JDHS JV lost to Hydaburg’s varsity 49-46 on Friday.
Brinson led with 19 points, Nathan Klein eight, Bruce Jones seven, Monico Yadao, Adam Empson and Kevin Guimmayen four each. Francis McKinley led Hydaburg with 20, Anthony Edenshaw added 17, Donald Edenshaw nine, Andrew Kashaverof two and Tyrel Edenshaw one.