The Thunder Mountain High School boys’ basketball team found a new outside shooter for their road trip to Fairbanks. Sophomore guard Guy Bean scored a game-high 19 points with three 3-pointers and two free throws to lead the Falcons to a 80-43 win over the North Pole Patriots on New Year’s Day.
“We played better than I thought we would on a travel day like this,” Thunder Mountain coach John Blasco said. “But they (North Pole) have been in Juneau for six days and have been home for just a day so I think they were a little tired as well. We shot the ball well, that was the main thing. We put the ball in the hole.”
Bean was one of six Thunder Mountain scorers who gave the team a first quarter 22-12 lead. Bean and junior Jacob Calloway scored five apiece in the spree, seniors Matt Seymour and Josh Palmer four apiece and senior Ben Jahn and junior Trent Uddipa two each.
“Guy started hitting early in the game and I knew he was feeling it so he got a lot of minutes tonight,” Blasco said. “I was happy to see him have that nice performance.”
Bean tripled again in the second quarter and senior Luke Nye and juniors Brendan Pietz and Collin Ludeman, Jahn and Seymour all scored to take a 37-22 halftime advantage.
North Pole continued its full court man-to-man defense that was shown at last weekend’s Capital City Classic in Juneau, while the Falcons zone pressed, according to Blasco.
“It wasn’t as intense of a press,” Blasco said. “There was definitely some contact not called up here, which I anticipated. But our guys just played through it.”
Thunder Mountain outscored North Pole 26-13 in the third quarter, claiming a 63-35 advantage and basically putting the game out of reach with eight minutes left to play.
Nine of Bean’s points came in the final quarter.
Blasco said the Falcons starting five played limited minutes in the second half.
“It was nice to give them a rest, as we have three more tough games,” Blasco said. “Trent played well handling the point. Our bench was really solid. Luke (Nye), Brendan (Pietz) and Collin (Ludeman) had a lot of minutes and competed.”
All 10 Falcons players scored in the game.
Calloway added 13 points for the Falcons, Ludeman 12, Seymour eight, Jahn seven, T. Uddipa six, Pietz five, Palmer and Nye four apiece and Mike Uddipa two.
TMHS hit 17-22 at the free throw line; North Pole went 5-22.
Lance Wright led the Patriots with 10 points, Khalil Steward eight, DeAundre Campbell six, Simi Skipps five, Nate Montieth and Ryan DeLaurie four each, Jordan Schuster three, Shane Hursh two and Garrett Sommer one.
Thunder Mountain starts play in the Monroe Invitational tonight at 8 p.m. against the Monroe Rams. The Falcons then play Service at 4:40 p.m. Friday, and Palmer on Saturday at 4:40 p.m.