The Ketchikan Kings hit four free throws in the final minute and stole a last second inbounds pass to top the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears 51-47 at the Region V basketball tournament in Mt. Edgecumbe on Tuesday night.
Ketchikan (1-0) will advance to face top seed Thunder Mountain (0-0) today at 4:45 p.m. in the double elimination format. JDHS (0-1) will play the loser of that game on Thursday at 9:45 a.m.
The Kings (1-0) hit three triples in the first quarter to take a 14-9 lead.
Six-foot-two senior guard Phillip Fenumiai went 6-7 from the free throw line and scored 11 points in the second quarter to spark the Crimson Bears.
Ketchikan stole a pass with 30 seconds left to tie the score at 23-all but Keith Ainsworth followed a JDHS shot to score at the buzzer for a 25-23 Crimson Bears advantage.
Aquino Brinson hit a layup at the buzzer to give JDHS a 39-34 lead ending the third period.
At the start of the fourth quarter Fenumiai was whistled for a charging foul and Jackson Lehnhart fouled on the defensive end but Kayhi managed just one point.
The Crimson Bears then traveled to give up the ball again and Kable Lervick scored on a baseline drive to cut the lead to 39-37 with six minutes remaining.
Alex Pihl dished off for a score and then drove for another as the Kings took a 44-43 lead with 4:02 remaining in the game.
A Crimson Bears turnover and a missed shot with a Pihl rebound gave the Kings a spread offense set. With three minutes remaining the Kings took a 45-43 lead.
Another missed Crimson Bears shot and the Kings brought the ball up court.
The Kings spread the court, forcing JDHS to chase and foul.
The Kings hit two free throws with 44 seconds remaining to open a four-point lead.
Fenumiai saved a loose ball on the JDHS end and drove to the hoop and fed
The Crimson Bears fouled with 20 seconds remaining and put Kayhi on the line for a three-point lead.
Jackson Lehnhart drove the length of the floor to score and close within one, 48-47.
Malabanan was fouled and hit two free throws for a three-point lead with 10 seconds remaining, 50-47.
The Crimson Bears called time out and when they inbounded the ball the Kings picked it off. Alex Pihl was fouled and made one free throw to push the final lead to four.
Fenumiai led JDHS with 14 points and Ainsworth added 10.