The gymnasium aromas of sweat, fry bread and popcorn came to an end for another string of 2012 Gold Medal Basketball teams on Wednesday as hoops play moved through the fourth day of competitions. A new old team (Kake) is making a bid for the Masters title, a rejuveinated favorite (Yakutat) is pushing for a ‘C’ banner and a tired young champion (Angoon) will not be back to defend their title.
Kake Masters send Sitka packing 76-61
Old and gray but here to play another day the Kake Masters gave Sitka their second loss in as many days in the early Gold Medal Tournament elimination game on Wednesday.
It took one half of play for Kake, trailing 37-36, to awaken and open up their usual running style of play.
Mike Nannauck and Willis Cavanaugh scored all of their points after the break.
Team Subway of Sitka were within 12 at the 13:00 mark of the second half but Kake went on a 16-2 run and were never threatened again.
Nannauck led Kake with 15 points, Paul Rostad 14, Lonnie Anderson 12, Kip Howard, Myron Martin and Cavanaugh 11 each, and Tim two.
Norm Staton scored 16 points for Sitka before being sent to the penalty box by the referee in the second half. Rob Wheat added 14 points, Bill Trivett nine, Harry Bradly eight, Steve Edenshaw six, Ray Kitka five, and Ned Chapman three.
Kake went 5-12 at the free throw line, Sitka shot 2-2.
Kake moves on to play today at 12:30 p.m. today against the winner of Wednesday evening’s late elimination game between Metlakatla and defending champion Hoonah.
Hoonah defeated Metlakatla in a late game Wednesday 85-68 behind Ken Willard Jr.’s 18 points. Art Chappell led Metlakatla with 29. Box scores were not available at press time.
Long leads Yakutat over Metlakatla 72-60
There is another tourist attraction in Yakutat... and his name is Damien Long. The lanky forward scored 19 of his game-high 30 points in the first half as the boys from Yakutat, the place where canoes rest, eliminated power house Metlakatla from the ‘C’ bracket of the 2012 Gold Medal Basketball tournament on Wednesday.
It was a scoring duel between Long and Metlakatla’s Kevin Young and Rich Hayward.
Young shot like he still played at Wrangell High School and Hayward continued to sink a smooth stroke from everywhere.
The game was tied eleven t times in the first half and with Metlakatla up by six with a minute before the break Long hi a free throw, laid a shot over the rim and buried a jumper to know the game at 38 at intermission.
The teams played defense as well. Tom Booth Jr. pulled down 13 rebounds and had the assignment of bodying up Long inside while Long had the defensive chore of stopping Booth.
Met’s Archie Dundas and Yakutat’s Mike Jensen were in each others shorts the whole game as were Yak’s Jerry Riddlington and Met’s Young.
Leading 64-60 with 1:34 remaining in the game, Yakutat scored the final eight points by hitting six straight free throws (four by Riddlington and two by Jensen) and Jensen hit a short jumper to seal the win.
Long had 30 for Yakutat, Jensen 12, Gary Klushkan 11, Steven Fields 10, and Riddlington nine.
Young led Metlakatla with 20 points, Hayward added 18, Dundas 10, Booth nine, and Frank Guthrie three.
Met was 7-11 at the charity stripe while Yakutat went 20-31.
Yakutat will face Klukwan at 2 p.m. today in another elimination game.
Klukwan buzzes Juneau Filcom 73-72
Jason Shull was the hardest working man on the court for the Klukwan Chilkats, and the luckiest.
After tying the score at 70 all from the charity stripe with just 18 seconds remaining, Shull missed the next free throw and Filcom’s top dog Jimmy Carson attacked the basket and was fouled.
Carson sank both free throws to put Filcom up 72-70.
Klukwan pusshed the ball up court, missed a shot, the ball was tipped to Shull who dribbled left into a defender, went right into another defender and then double pumped a shot from beyond the arch that just trickled out of his had when the buzzer sounded.
Both teams were waving their arms that the shot was good and no good, fans seconded both of those philosophies... the referees gathered in a tight circle... the basket counted and Klukwan moves on to face Yakutat at 2 p.m. today in ‘C’ elimination action.
Shull led Klukwan with 26 points, David Buss added 21, Aaron Nash and Danny Thomas seven apiece, Neil Erickson six, Rueben Lowen four and Jackie Wyatt two. The Chilkats hit 6-13 at the line, Fllcom went 13-30.
Carson led Juneau with 20 points, Ruther Echiverri added 12, Nathaniel Pettis, Toby Carandang and Al Tagaban 11 each, Mike Lim and franz Kugelmann three apiece, and Rob Carpenter one.
Wow! Hoonah! Wow! Dybdahl! ANB denies Angoon three-peat 58-54
The talk in the JDHS gym after the ‘B’ elimination game was that the elders were renaming the town of Hoonah.
It will now be called ‘Dybdahl-ville’ or ‘Dybdahl’ or ‘Travistown.’
Okay, that may be a stretch but Travis Dybdahl scored Hoonah’s first 12 points and 43 of their 58 as ANB denied Angoon’s bid for a ‘B’ division three-peat championship, 58-54 in a game that opened the balconies for seating at JDHS.
After Dybdahl, Anthony Lindoff had four points, Roonie Hasselquist and D J Lindstrom three apiece, James Wilson and David Lindoff two apiece and Michael Croasmun one.
Angoon was led by Curtis Lane’s 16 points, John Croasmun added 11, Steve Johnson eight, Jason Frank six, Guy Hunter five, Bailey Johnson and Levi Johnson four apiece.
The game also featured brotherly bragging rights as Angoon’s John Croasmun Jr., age 21, and Hoonah’s Michael Croasmun, age 19, were on opposite benches. The duo played for Angoon at the state high school championships when John was a senior in 2008 and Michael a sophomore.
‘We’re going to win,” Jon Croasmun said before the game. “And I am going to rub it in his face afterwards.”
“I used to beat him up all the time,” John Croasmun said. “Then one day he hit me back and I thought that was enough of that. I taught him everything he knows. It is really fun to watch him play.”
Michael Croasmun said Angoon didn’t want him and he had to make his move and play for Hoonah, and that it is fun to play against his brother.
“We feed off each other well when we play together,” Michael said before the game. “But I am definitely going for us in this game. I love the rivalry now. I know all his moves, what he will do next. I did pick up my moves from him. He doesn’t have as much of a driving game as I do and he is all post. But he can sure hit some three’s. Tonight is going to be a pretty good game.”
John Croasmun will get to watch Michael play now as Hoonah will face Metlakatla at 3:30 p.m. today in another elimination game.
Metlakatla runs past Klukwan 73-68
The Metlakatla Merchants got 31 points from George Peratrovich to send Klukwan A.N.S. to the spectator seats for the rest of Gold Medal tourney action.
Jason Enright added 11 points, Michael Henderson and Dean Mahan eight apiece, Jace Scudero Jr. six, Shane Martinez Jr. five and Jacob Charles two.
Brett Garvey led Klukwan with 23 points, Levi Hotch and Jacob Hotch added 10 apiece, Tony Tompkins and Jordan Coronell eight each, Ben Hotch five, and Michael Ward four.
Metlakatla went 20-27 at the free throw line, Klukwan hit just 4-14.
Metlakatla advances to play Hoonah today at 3:30 p.m. in elimination bracket action.
• Editor's note: This article has been changed to correct Mike Nannauck's name.