The Thunder Mountain High School boy’s basketball team used a solid team effort to beat Ketchikan 69-64 at the first city’s home gym on Friday night.
Sam Jahn scored 19 points to lead the Falcons and Ty Grussendorf was nearly flawless from beyond the arch, hitting four-of-eight for 12 points, as TMHS has taken control of the Southeast Conference with a 4-1 record (11-6 overall).
“Ty had a nice game,” TMHS coach John Blasco said. “We were able to get inside which opened up the outside a bit and Ty was on. It was definitely good for us.”
S. Jahn’s three buckets to in the first quarter opened up space for Grussendorf, senior Vili Tupou and sophomore Jacob Calloway to find scores.
Still playing without senior Matt Seymour the Falcons are finding a maturity level.
“That comes with the comfort and experience with each other,” Blasco said. “Unfortunately not having Matt does give us he opportunity to find a seventh or eighth guy to go too as Matt works his way back in. You have to have those guys on the bench with confidence who you can go too.”
Ketchikan (2-3) got 15 points apiece from Kable Lervick and Malik Almenzer, Brien Auger added 12, Erwin Malabanan and Alex Pihl 10 apiece, and Colton Paulsen two.
TMHS was just 7-18 at the free throw line, Kayhi went 22-30 including 11-14 in the fourth quarter.
“That is something we definitely need to work on,” Blasco said. “We can not continue to put people on the free throw line that often.”
Ben Jahn added 11 points for the Falcons and V. Tupou nine.
Avery Stewart scored six of his eight game-points in a crucial run in the third period that allowed the Falcons to keep momentum and a 46-40 advantage starting the final stanza.
“Avery was a key contributor for us,” Blasco said. “It was nice to have kids step up.
Kayhi scored 24 points in the fourth quarter and TMHS 23.
“I think both teams decided to shoot and not play defense,” Blasco said. “Both teams shot very well and Ketchikan definitely attacked the basket.”
Calloway scored eight points in the game, and Josh Tupou two.
TMHS plays Kayhi again tonight.