Travis Dybdahl scored 24 of his game high 31 points in the first half and Kamal Lindoff all 12 of his game points in the second half as Hoonah won their second game in as many days in an 85-71 battle over Yakutat in C bracket action on Monday.
While offense flowed on both team’s possessions, defense was key in the game.
“We trust each other,” Anthony Lindoff said. “We talked about the game earlier. We figured out their lack of depth would be a factor. We wanted to be aggressive from the beginning. That is a big part of how we play. We are aggressive on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. Our defense will always get us some points.”
Hoonah led 42-32 at the half and opened a 14-point advantage, 59-45, at the 12:38 mark of the second half.
Yakutat put in a full court press to go on a 10-2 run to close within five at 61-56 with 8 minutes remaining. Damien Long was 9-12 at the free throw line in the second half for Yakutat as he attacked the basket.
Hoonah then picked up their pressure to go on a 19-5 run for a 78-61 lead and momentum into the end.
For Hoonah - Dybdahl 31, Lucas Johnson 14, K. Lindoff 12, A. Lindoff 11, James Jack Jr. seven, Teirney Bible six, and Albert Hinchman four.
For Yakutat - Long 28 points, Jimmy Jensen 20, Michael Jensen 13, Ralph Johnson six, Joey Malot and Steve Fields two each.
Hoonah hit 22-30 at the charity stripe and Yakutat went 21-32.
Hoonah advances to play Klukwan at 6 p.m. on Thursday in winner’s bracket play. Yakutat will play Angoon in an elimination game on Wednesday at 6 p.m.