Juneau-Douglas High School junior Adam Empson did one of the crazy street ball moves against West Valley on Wednesday night in Fairbanks, throwing the inbounds pass off the back of a defender, stepping in to receive the carom, and laying it up for the basket to win the game in overtime.
“Just like I drew it up,” Juneau-Douglas coach Robert Casperson joked. “It was a great heads up play by Adam. We were looking to screen the screener and he just made a great read.”
The Wolfpack started the game with a technical for not having their roster in to the scorer’s table and JDHS junior Gunnar Schultz made one-of-two from the charity stripe for the lead with no time off the clock.
The Crimson Bears led 15-11 after one quarter as Schultz, Bruce Jones, Kaleb Tompkins, Adam Empson, Stewart Conn and Nathan Klein all found the basket for a balanced attack.
JDHS led 35-29 at the half as senior Kevin Guimmayen found the deep triple twice and Jones battled inside for eight more points.
West Valley went deep in the third quarter, burying five 3-pointers and outscoring JDHS 28-18. Wolfpack sophomore Daniel Hornbuckle three of the deep shots and hit seven total as he led with a game-high 35 points.
Hornbuckle would connect for 14 points in the fourth quarter while the Crimson Bears Empson and Jones tallied nine and seven points respectively.
West Valley missed an inside shot and a put back in the final seconds and JDHS ran the court for a final shot that missed.
Empson and Jones carried the overtime with four points apiece and the Crimson Bears defense stifled Hornbuckle to claim the 83-82 win.
“That is our pace to be up in the eighties,” Casperson said. “We want to attack and score. We are running guys in and out, everybody is playing and they are having fun.”
Jones led the Crimson Bears with 21, Empson and Schultz had 18 each, Guimmayen 11, Rahul Chhabria five, Klein three, Thibodeau, Conn and Tompkins two each and Dartanan Hodge-Campos one.
Charles Sudduth added 17 points for the Wolfpack, Sean Kinsey seven, Travon Brackett six, Jordan Rodenberger five, Daniel Remington, Titus Milk, and Tahj Washington four each.
The Crimson Bears girls fell to West Valley 51-26. West Valley led 8-3 after one quarter and 20-11 at the half. An 18-point third quarter gave the momentum to the Wolfpack.
Kymberlee Kelly led JDHS with 10 points, Kaitlin Fagerstrom nine, Kacey Jackson, Izzy Watts and Julia Noreen two each, and Tori Fogg one.
West Valley was led by Ruthy Hebard’s 23 points, Carlee Marques 14, Amber Szymod six, Kyja Campbell four, Teresa Sample and Ileana Casiano two each.
The JDHS boys and girls begin play in the Joe T Tournament at Lathrop today.