The Kake Masters stayed alive in the 67th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament with a 66-65 double-overtime win against Juneau’s C.B. General in masters bracket elimination play as Willis Cavanaugh and Kip Howard showed flashes of what play was like in their younger years.
Cavanaugh scored 21 points, including five triples in the second half that took Kake from down eight to tying the score at 57-57 as play ended in the second half.
CBG led 39-37 at the half of a game that quickly slowed into a patient brand of basketball. The Generals did not score on their last two possessions of regulation.
Howard tallied 20 points including a deep triple to start the first overtime.
The General’s Norm Staton buried his own deep shot to send the game into a second overtime.
After an opening basket by Paul Rostad, Kake went 4-9 at the charity stripe as CBG fouled to get the ball. Staton hit another triple to tie the score at 65 with 9 seconds remaining but the Generals inadvertently fouled Cavanaugh who hit the final free throw. A length of the court inbounds pass by the Generals resulted in an open look from the corner but the shot was hurried and went wide.
“I try not to pressure myself,” Cavanaugh said after the game. “I play to have fun and whatever happens, happens. A was a little nervous before the game but our fan base really supported us and settled us down.”
Mike Knudson and Mike Martin added eight points apiece for Kake, Wayne Friday and Tim James three each, Paul Rostad two and Lonnie Anderson one.
Kake was 9-18 at the charity stripe, CBG went 7-9.
Al Tagaban led the Generals with 24 points including six triples, Staton added 16, Charles Matlock eight, Ken Krietzer and Mike Jahn six apiece, John Forchmer and Bill Ehlers two each, and Roger Calloway one.
Kake, last year’s masters bracket champions, will play another elimination game today at 12:30 p.m. against the winner of Yakutat and Hoonah (late game score not available).
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