TMHS boys continue road winning streak

Falcons top West Valley 70-63

The Thunder Mountain High School boy's basketball team won their fifth game in a row, all of them on the road, and the last three in consecutive nights at Fairbanks, by outlasting the West Valley Wolfpack 70-63 on Friday night.


"It was obviously higher points than we are normally putting up," TMHS coach John Blasco said. "But they are a fast paced team."

Four Falcons scored in double figures and TMHS scored in double digits each quarter.

Senior Sam Jahn led with 23 points, senior Ben Jahn added 13, and senior Vili Tupou and sophomore Jacob Calloway added 10 points apiece.

"Our quarter scoring has really felt more consistent," Blasco said. "We have been putting up 13-plus points a quarter it feels like. I think we are figuring ourselves out more. Our assists ratio is up and we focused on 15-feet and in tonight."

The Falcons led 17-13 starting the second quarter and 38-27 at the half.

Senior Matt Seymour played limited minutes as he continues to rehab an injury but combined with classmate Ty Grussendorf to keep the West Valley defense honest in the third quarter with makes from beyond the three-point line.

Larenzo Graham hit a game-high 25 points for the Wolfpack.

"He was not in my scouting report," Blasco said. "They wanted to run us. Every inbounds they tried to push it so we went to a full court zone to slow the game done as best we could. They are athletic and quick and they could get penetration."

Seymour and Grussendorf added five points apiece, senior Travis Johnson and junior Mike Uddipa two each.

TMHS hit 15-19 from the charity stripe, including their last six points in a row, while West Valley went 9-14. Jason Gordon added 10 points for the Wolfpack, and Daniel Hornbuckle and Damon Gordon nine each, Jacob Carson seven, Daniel Remington two and Corey Kulis one.

The Falcons led by four points with a minute remaining and S. Jahn, B. Jahn and Seymour each hit two free throws as the Wolfpack fouled to stop the clock.

"To step to the line and hit six straight free throws is huge," Blasco said. "With under a minute to go and hitting six-for-six from the line is what you want. And now we end the road trip with Lathrop. This is not a make or break trip by any means but it is a lot of good experience and I am playing a lot of my bench which is good for additional minutes."

The Falcons improve to 15-6 overall (5-1 southeast conference) and will play at the state's fifth ranked team, Lathrop, tonight.

Lathrop topped TMHS 71-46 in Juneau in early February and beat Juneau-Douglas 69-57 and 47-38.


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