The Wrangell Thunderbirds Tony Harding began Tuesday’s 73-29 elimination game win against Klukwan ANS with a deep triple from beyond the arch and ended the game with an even deeper trey at the other end.
It was what happened in between that allowed Wrangell to continue at the Gold Medal Tournament and sent Klukwan to the fry bread section.
“I just try to get as many rebounds as I can,” Jason Clark said. “And play as good a defense as I can and set as good of screens as I can.”
Offensive rebounds were few and far between possessions as Wrangell torched the net with eight players scoring against the Klukwan zone.
Defensive rebounds were at a premium as the normally lights out Klukwan boys never found an offensive rhythm
Wrangell was up 20-6 when Klukwan called a time out at the 8:05 mark of the first half and switched to a man-to-man defense.
On the very next play Graham Gablehouse set a screen for Cody Angerman who found an easy path to the hoop. On the next Klukwan possession Gablehouse boarded a miss and threw a pass to Kevin Young for a layup.
“I just like to get as many rebounds as possible and kick it out to our runners,” Gablehouse said.
Klukwan provided the rebounds as they hit just 6-35 from the field… in the first half.
“For us the biggest challenge is not changing our game as remaining as asset to the team,” Wrangell’s Dustin Johnson said. “We have scorers. Every one has seen our scorers for years. My mindset is to do all the scrappy stuff that helps us win.”
Wrangell led 36-13 at the break and were up by 40, 59-19, with 10-minutes remaining in the game.
No player from Klukwan scored in double figures. Jacob Hotch led with six points, Tony Tompkins pulled down 12 rebounds and added five points, Cody Hotch five points, Levi Hotch scored four points before being ejected from the game, Mike Ward four points, Benjamin Hotch three, and Kyle Barry two. The team hit 6-17 at the charity stripe.
Wrangell’s Harding and Keith Young led with 13 points each, Cody Angerman 12, Gablehouse 10, Clark nine, Ryan Howell five, Kevin Young and Brad Angerman four apiece, and Mitch Mork three. The team went 10-15 at the charity stripe.
Wrangell moves on to play at 3:30 p.m. today against the loser of Tuesday’s late night matchup between undefeated Angoon and Kake. Results were not known by press time.