The Thunder Mountain High School boy’s basketball team split the weekend series to visiting Ketchikan, losing 51-46 on Friday and winning 59-53 on Saturday.
The Falcons (6-11) had dropped a six-point contest at the Kodiak Invitational in early January.
TMHS started Friday’s first quarter hot from the charity stripe but cold from the floor as the Kings pushed to a 10-5 advantage.
Vili Tupou dropped eight of his team-high 13 points in the second period and Matt Seymour four of his 12 to keep the Falcons within three points at the break 20-17.
Thunder Mountain welcomed the return of Keith Ainsworth to the lineup and he came to life in the second half, scoring all six of his points in the final two periods and adding another set of long arms to the Falcons press.
Ketchikan also had a player back from injury, 6-foot-4 Travis Taylor, who netted 15 of his game-high 21 in the second half.
Ketchikan opened a 33-19 lead in the third period before the Falcons went on a 10-0 run to close within six points starting the final period. Neither team opened more than a five point lead down the stretch.
Sam Jahn, Ben Jahn, and Josh Tupou added four points for the Falcons, Coltin Lanz two and Avery Stewart one.
No other Kodiak player hit in double figures after Taylor who also grabbed eight rebounds. Brien Auger and Kyle Day scored eight apiece, Erwin Malabanan seven, Kable Lervick three, Fred Saludo and Mark Dulay two each.
TMHS hit 15-23 at the free throw line, Ketchikan was 9-18.
Saturday saw a red hot Ainsworth tally 23 points in just his second game after an injury during the first weeks of practice.
“It was definitely nice to have him back,” TMHS coach John Blasco said. “Last night I was even happy with how he played. It was the first night in completive basketball since the early practices. I played him more than I wanted but I couldn’t take him out.”
The Falcons led all four quarters. Taking a 11-5 first quarter lead into a 28-19 halftime advantage. Ketchikan closed to 39-32 starting the final period but Ainsworth and company was too strong down the stretch.
Defensively the Falcons stopped the inside game of Ketchikan’s Travis Taylor.
“We switched off with Ben and Sam,” Blasco said. “They did a very effective job of working around him in the post and making it difficult for their guards getting him the ball.”
Seymour added 11 points for the Falcons, Sam Jahn eight, Josh Tupou seven, and Billy Tupou and Ben Jahn five apiece.
Day led Ketchikan with 18 points, Saludo 10, Malabanan and Lervick seven apiece, Taylor four, Dulay three, Norris and Auger two apiece.
“I think we did a good job of being aggressive attacking the basket and drawing fouls,” Blasco said. “To have a three point game you have to have an inside game as well. We are stressing the fact that we need to attack.”