The Thunder Mountain High School boys basketball team put the clamps on hot shooting Grace Christian, taking a 58-49 win behind the game-high 20 points of all-tournament selection Jacob Calloway, to clinch fourth-place in the eight-team Alaska Prep Shootout in Anchorage on Saturday.
TMHS held Grace to 5-15 from the 3-point line. The Grizzlies had tallied 16-26 the night before against Ketchikan.
“Our focus was trying to guard the arch, so to speak,” Thunder Mountain coach John Blasco said. “I will definitely take 33 percent over 61 percent.” The Grizzlies held a 12-8 advantage after one quarter of play and inched ahead 14-8 as the second quarter began, taking a 23-18 lead into the half.
“The problem was we gave up too much penetration,” Blasco said. “When we over play we give up lanes.”
The Falcons would outscore the Grizzlies 40-26 in the second half as they adjusted to an inside game. TMHS would shoot 60 percent in the second half, compared to 29 in the first.
A 14-2 run midway through the third period pushed the momentum to the Falcons.
Thunder Mountain tied the score with 3:52 remaining in the third quarter at 25-all and Grace would pull within two at 35-33 with less than 30 seconds remaining.
Senior Matt Seymour drew up an inbounds play by for the Falcons that featured Josh Palmer’s inbounds pass on a miscalculation to Seymour at the arch, and Seymour tipping the errant throw inside to Guy Bean who scored as the time expired for a 37-33 lead with the fourth period remaining.
“We got a good laugh out of that,” Blasco said. “I like it when plays like that work.”
A free throw by Grace started off the fourth but the Falcons got key baskets by Luke Nye and solid bench play to close out the game.
“We went with different lineup tonight and got really nice bench play,” Blasco said. “Our lineup was bigger and it was affective for us tonight.”
Matt Seymour added 17 points for the Falcons, Trent Uddipa and Luke Nye six, Guy Bean and Ben Jahn four each, and Alan Fisher and Mike Uddipa three apiece. Calloway pulled seven rebounds, Seymour and Jahn six apiece and Josh Palmer five. T. Uddipa, Seymour and Jahn had three assists each.
TMHS hit 10-14 at the line; Grace went 4-7. The Falcons outrebounded the Grizzlies 35-29.
Luke Offord scored 12 points for the Grizzlies, Eric Johnson 11, Alex Fancher nine, Trevor Osborne and Tor Strand five each, Hans Karlberg four and Daniel VanderWeide three.
Monroe beat West Valley for the Prep Shootout Championship 68-40.
West defeated Dimond 62-60 for third place and the Colony Knights beat the Ketchikan Kings 57-47 in the 7th/8th place game. Navales led Kayhi with 15 points, Pihl and Day added nine each.