East Anchorage senior Jarred Laws won the three-point shooting and free-throw contests on Friday morning.
On Friday evening the 6-foot-even all state football player put on a basketball shooting display by notching 17 points, nine of which came in the first period as his Thunderbirds opened a 17-5 lead on the Sitka Wolves.
East added another 14 points in the second period as five different players found the net and the Thunderbirds led 31-14 heading into the break.
“We are not there,” East coach Josh Muehlenkamp said. “But boy are we getting closer.”
The Thunderbirds used an unselfish team-first attitude to get six players combining for 25 points in the third quarter, ultimately putting the game out of reach 56-24 heading into the final frame.
Junior Travon Brackett added 12 points for East, sophomore Desmond Johnson 10 and five steals, senior Matthew Hardwick eight, senior Xavier Johnson seven, junior Matthew Gwayi-Chore five, junior Haney Jacobo four and senior Michael Bond two.
Junior Kendrick Payton led Sitka with nine points, juniors Oscar Barragan and Brian Way seven apiece, senior Jon De La Cruz four, juniors AJ Inman and Quintin White three each and junior Ryan Samuelson one.
East shot just eight free throws, hitting four. Sitka went 5-15 at the charity stripe.
The win gave undefeated East a shot at the tourney championship over 1-1 JDHS on Saturday.
The loss puts Sitka into a must win against winless West Valley to claim third place.
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