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Crimson Bears top Dimond in tourney opener

Next up is Chugiak

Posted: January 18, 2013 - 1:12am

The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears put in four solid quarters to open the Dimond Lynx Prep Classic in Anchorage on Thursday night, toppling the host Lynx 62-59.

“We shot a much higher percentage tonight,” JDHS coach Robert Casperson said. “We were able press that created lay up opportunities for us.”

JDHS trailed 11-9 starting the second period as a new three-quarter-court press took hold.

The Crimson Bears got some separation in the second quarter, scoring 17 points to Dimond’s 7, as Aquino Brinson and Jackson Lehnhart provided a solid point guard and two guard combination and JDHS took a 26-18 lead into the half.

“The guys played harder for the whole game,” Casperson said. “Even when our lead was slipping away they still played hard, just didn’t execute as well.”

JDHS led 42-31 starting the final period.

Jeffrey Pusich hit a key free throw to push the margin to three, a second free throw missed but the ball went out of bounds with .3 seconds remaining and the Lynx looking at the full length of the floor.

Brinson stole the inbounds pass to seal the win.

Brinson led the Crimson Bears with 15 points, Keith Ainsworth 14, Jackson Lehnhart 10, Jeffrey Pusich and Adam Empson nine apiece, and Bruce Jones five. Ainsworth led with five rebounds and Empson four assists.

JDHS hit 11-16 from the charity stripe, Dimond went 15-23. Damon Cikanek led the Lynx with 23 points.

The Crimson Bears play Chugiak tonight at 8 p.m. The Mustangs beat Ketchikan 62-47. Other games included Bartlett topping Soldotna 51-50 and Palmer beating Grace Christian 52-49.

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