Juneau-Douglas High School sophomore Kaleb Tompkins hit two free throws with 9 seconds remaining to hold off the Kayhi Kings 55-52 in the Southeast Conference opener for both clubs Friday night in Ketchikan.
The Kings’ Alex Pihl missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Crimson Bears jumped out to a 13-1 lead and held on for a 15-9 first quarter tally.
The Kings wasted little time in the second quarter, pulling within two at 15-13 with 5:06 remaining before the break and forcing a JDHS time out. The Crimson Bears managed just three points in the stanza.
Pihl stole the ball and scored on a layup to give Kayhi a 19-18 lead at the half.
Juneau led 34-32 after three quarters of play and 47-40 with 3:46 left in the fourth quarter.
According to the Ketchikan Daily News, Juneau-Douglas dominated the offensive and defensive boards, and none were bigger than 6-foot-6 junior center Bruce Jones’ rebound off a missed free throw by Kaleb Tompkins with 45.1 seconds to play. Tompkins had missed both free throws after getting fouled with Juneau clinging to a 49-48 lead, but Jones’ rebound gave the Crimson Bears new life. Tompkins was almost immediately fouled again, but this time the sophomore sank both free throws.
“We did a better job on the boards tonight than we have done in a while,” Juneau-Douglas coach Robert Casperson said. “We came up with some big ones down the stretch. Bruce Jones had a huge offensive rebound, then had a big defensive board at the end, too.
“It was great that (Tompkins) got back there on the line just like those last two free throws never happened. He stuck the next two.”
As the foul-clogged final minute slowly ticked away, Jones made a pair of free throws to give Juneau a 53-48 lead with 27.9 seconds to play, then fouled out, sending Kayhi’s Isaiah Navales to the line. Navales hit two free throws with 20.8 seconds to play, then, after Tompkins missed two more free throws for Juneau, Navales scored a layup with 9.9 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 53-52.
Tompkins once again was fouled, sinking both with nine seconds to play to push the lead back to 3. Kayhi called timeout, but was unable to run a clean play on the next possession. The Kings got the ball to Navales, who was well defended and passed over to Pihl, who got an off-balance shot off with one second left.
“It is easy for the kids and for the coaches to get frustrated,” Stockhausen said. “There is no sense in getting freaked out after the bomb has gone off. Being upset about it has no benefit.”
JUNEAU 55 — Schultz 1 1-2 3; Hodge-Campos 1 1-2 3, Tompkins 1 6-10 8, Empson 9 3-5 22, Chhabria 2 1-2 6, Swofford 0 3-4 3, Jones 3 2-2 8, Klein 1 0-2 2. 3-pointers- Empson, Chhabria. Team fouls: 23. Fouled out: Swofford, Jones. Free throws: 15-27.
KAYHI 52 — Navales 3 2-2 9, Mendoza 2 0-0 5, Paulsen 2 1-3 5, Bullock 2 2-4 6, Pihl 4 7-10 15, Almenzor 2 0-4 4, Day 2 4-8 8. 3-pointers: Navales, Mendoza. Team fouls: 21: Fouled out: Mendoza. Free throws: 16-31.
Ketchikan Daily News sports reporter Richard Larson provided quotes and information for this recap.