The Kake oldies played like youngsters as they ran up and down and around the JDHS basketball court against Klukwan in the 2012 Gold Medal Masters Bracket Championship game on Saturday.
And the fans cheered like youngsters when Myron Martin drove to the hoop and hit a left handed lay up for a Kake 60-58 lead at 40 seconds remaining, and again when Willis Cavanaugh hit a one-and-one free throw opportunity with 40 seconds remaining to push Kake ahead 62-58.
Klukwan’s Chris Wassman hit a jumper to pull within two with 11 seconds left but Martin was fouled and hit another one-and-one situation to push the lead back to four.
Wassman tipped in a miss at the buzzer for Klukwan but Kake had the margin of victory 64-62.
And both fans and team celebrated like youngsters when the final buzzer sounded.
Klukwan held a 38-32 first half advantage as Rob LaRose hit 14 of his team-high 19 points and the taller Jiklaat Kwaan boys pushed the ball inside.
Kake relied on the long range accuracy of Willis Cavanaugh who knocked down three triples in the first half and five in the game, while Myron Martin, Kip Howard and Lonnie Anderson also found the first half distance appealing.
Kake continued to stay at the perimeter in the second half as Martin knocked down two more triples on his way to a game-high 21 points.
Willis Cavanaugh added 17, Kip Howard 13, Lonnie Anderson seven, Mike Martin four, and Mike Nannauck two.
Yakutat got 19 points from Rob LaRose, Chris Wassman and Jeff Sharnbroich added 13, Joe Parnell 11 and Frank Coronell six.
Kake hit 10-17 at the charity stripe and Klukwan went 4-9.
The Gold Medal Masters Bracket All Tournament team selections were Louie White (Hoonah), Joe Klushkan (Yakutat), Greg Indreland (Yakutat), Kip Howard (Kake), Willis Cavanaugh (Kake), Joe Parnell (Klukwan), Jeff Sharnbroich (Klukwan). The final two selections were Sportsmanship Award winner Larry Sweet (Klukwan) and Most Valuable Player Bob LaRose (Klukwan).
“Teamwork,” Kake coach Delbert Kadake said. “And playing almost everyday of the tournament. The guys got used to playing together. We knew they were going to be a really tough team. We have to build a new place in Kake for our trophies. They are rebuilding city hall so we will store this at Kake Tribal building for now and hopefully they will start adding up again I hope.”
The championship had special meaning for the Kake team as they dedicated the tournament to Myron Martin’s wife Cindy who has cancer.
Martin played with a pink bandana with cancer awareness ribbons designed on it. Kip Howard had specially designed Nike shoes that brought cancer awareness to the court.
“This championship is so good,” Howard said. “We are playing for more than a title. We are playing for a cause.”