Steve Fossman scored 14 of his game-high 21 points in the first half as Klukwan held a 37-26 lead at the break of their 65-61 win over Hoonah in Tuesday’s Gold Medal Masters play. The fast breaking Jilkats ran to a 51-31 advantage to open the second half and stretched that out to a 55-34 with 11:15 remaining.
“It was our hustle,” Klukwan’s Chris Wassman said. “We have size inside and we have a nice outside game, and our bench has been deeper than in past years.”
The game looked dismal for the Hoonah Masters.
Then Hoonah’s Bernard Wolfe hit a triple, Louie White canned a deep three and momentum came back to the red shirts.
Wolfe and White each added another trey and the lead was cut to nine, 55-46, with 10:14 remaining.
Showalter Matin then put on a shooting clinic, hitting two free throws, a short jumper and then a deep triple to bring Hoonah within two points 60-58 with 1:08 remaining.
Klukwan made a steady parade to the free throw line, hitting 6-10 in the final minute.
Ken Willard gave Hoonah their last long range swish, pulling the Masters within one, 62-61 but free throws took their toll and Garvin Martin and Brain Sheppard fouled out of the game.
Guy Tompkins saved Klukwan by hitting three of his final four foul shots to end the game.
“They made a nice comeback,” Wassman said. “They never let up and we got a slow start in the second half. We are just happy we get a day off.”
Fossman led Klukwan with 21 points, Jeff Sharnbroich 14, Tompkins eight, John Hill seven, Frank Cornell six, Rob LaRose and Chris Wassman four apiece.
Klukwan went 11-21 at the charity stripe, Hoonah was 5-8.
Showalter Martin led Hoonah with 16 points, White and Ken Willard Jr. 12 apiece, Wolfe six, G. Martin five, Brian Sheppard four, Duane Jack Sr. three, and Stuart Mills two.
Klukwan will play Thursday at 9 p.m. against face the winner of Tuesday’s Juneau-Alliance and Kake late matchup.
Hoonah plays an elimination game at 9 p.m. tonight against Yakutat.