The Thunder Mountain boys basketball team opened the 2014 Alaska Prep Shootout at Dimond High School with a 59-43 loss against tournament favorite West Anchorage on Thursday night.
“They are very good,” Thunder Mountain coach John Blasco said. “Once they get their guards in a rhythm with some fast breaks and threes, they can all hit it.”
West, ranked second in the state, took an early 16-7 lead after one quarter of play but Thunder Mountain answered with a strong second quarter to outscore the Eagles 18-5 and take a 25-21 lead into the break.
“We moved the ball quickly and attacked the basket,” Blasco said. “Everything was 15 feet and in.”
West took over the game after the break.
“They went on an 18-0 run to end the third quarter,” Blasco said. “That did not fair well for us.”
West had a 23-0 run from midway through the third period and into the fourth quarter, tallying 20 points and 18 points, respectively, in the secondhalf.
When West did miss from the field, 6-foot-9 Brandon Huffman cleaned up the glass, totaling 10 rebounds in the game. The Eagles Dandre Wilson claimed 12 rebounds in the game while Thunder Mountain’s Jacob Calloway and Ben Jahn had eight each. West outrebounded TMHS 46-38.
The Falcons scored nine points in the third stanza to trail in each of the final two periods.
The Falcons hit just 14 percent from beyond the arch (3-21) and had 16 turnovers, which led to 21 points for the Eagles.
“We only put together one quarter of play,” Blasco said. “We let the game slip away. We were not as aggressive as we needed to be. Some of my key guys only had one bucket. That coupled with West’s energy and runs did not go well for us. They kept at us.”
Calloway led the Falcons with 20 points, Trent Uddipa added nine, Matt Seymour and Jahn four apiece, Mike Uddipa, Josh Palmer and Luke Nye added two each.
TMHS hit 6-10 from the free throw line; West went 6-12.
Wilson scored 21 points for the Eagles, Dazhon Wyche added 17, Huffman eight, Jhayde Zamora four, Dondres McMorris three, and Saalik Goode and David Harrison two apiece.
“They won the game,” Blasco said. “Those 20-something runs don’t happen every day. We should have done something better to stop that at nine or ten. We normally put up more shots and they capitalized on our turnovers.”
The Falcons play Colony today. In other action Colony lost to Monroe, West Valley beat Grace Christian, and Dimond played Kayhi late.