The Thunder Mountain High School boy’s basketball team completed a sweep of Juneau-Douglas on Saturday night with a 61-20 win that included a high light reel from senior Ryan Lee, an unselfish rotation of 12 players and a rim that seemed to be as wide as Gastineau Channel.
“It is hard in a game like that because we played so hard for 32 minutes defensively that even their good shots did not fall,” Thunder Mountain coach John Blasco said. “It is a momentum thing and a confidence thing when you are playing that well. JD has a good team, it was just more our night I think.”
Lee scored the first four points of the game grabbed two rebounds, slammed another two points in, grabbed another rebound, blocked three shots and stole an inbounds pass as the Falcons were up 15-7 after eight minutes of play.
The Crimson Bears missed their first six shots, and had three turnovers before finding a basket with 4:49 remaining in that stanza.
Thunder Mountain outscored JDHS 15-2 in the second quarter and led 30-9 at the half.
With senior Adam Empson out with a sprained ankle, freshman Stewart Conn injured in the earlier JV game and sophomore Kaleb Tompkins out with illness, the Crimson Bears played short-handed.
“We can’t say a whole lot,” Juneau-Douglas coach Robert Casperson said. “We got beat pretty badly. There is really nothing to say about it. They are a good team. We were missing some guys but still I would have liked to have seen us compete a little more.”
The Falcons were more than an inside dunk show, hitting 25-44 from inside the arch and 4-10 beyond. The Falcons also tallied more assists than turnovers over the weekend meaning the team was looking for the open player.
“That is what we focus on,” Blasco said. “We have guys that can shoot so we have to make sure everybody is looking for the wide open guy.”
Palmer led the Falcons with 11 points including six in the third quarter when seven different TMHS players found the basket and took a 50-13 advantage into the final quarter.
“Everybody wants to be playing their best basketball at the end of the season,” Blasco said. “We have five games left and this was a good weekend for us. Monday is a new day and we have to get ready to play Kodiak on Thursday.”
TMHS hit 9-15 from the charity stripe while JDHS went to the line just four times and made two.
“Our aggression level stayed up,” Casperson said. “Things just weren’t falling for us and defensively we looked like we had two left feet. It was not pretty, but they are a very good team. We don’t have anything to hang our heads about we just have to get ready for Kodiak next week.”
TMHS 61, JDHS 20
TMHS- Josh Palmer- 11 PTS, 1 RB, 2 STL, 5-7 FG, 1-1 3-PT; Ryan Lee- 10 PTS, 5 RB, 4 BLK, 2 STL, 5-9 FG; Matt Seymour- 7 PTS, 3 RB, 1 AST, 3-6 FG, 0-2 3-PT; Mike Uddipa- 7 PTS, 1 RB, 1 STL, 3-4 FG, 1-1 FT, 0-1 3-PT; Alan Fisher- 7 PTS, 2 RB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 2-3 FG, 2-2 FT, 1-2 3-PT, Trent Uddipa, 5 PTS, 2 RB, 3 AST, 2-3 FG, 0-1 3-PT; Colin Ludeman- 4 PTS, 4 RB, 2-4 FG, 0-2 FT; Chase Saviers- 4 PTS, 1 RB, 1-1 FG, 2-4 FT; Guy Bean- 3 PTS, 2 RB, 1-6 FG, 1-3 3-PT; Ben Jahn- 2 PTS, 2 RB, 1 AST, 1-1 FG
JDHS- Bruce Jones- 6 PTS, 4 RB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 3-7 FG; Rahul Chhabria- 6 PTS, 2 RB, 3-8 FG, 0-1 3-PT; Gunnar Schultz- 3 PTS, 1-7 FG, 1-3 3-PT, Manase Maake- 3 PTS, 1 RB, 1-3 FG, 1-1 3-PT; Dar Hodge-Campos- 2 PT, 0-6 FG, 2-2 FT, 0-2 3-PT
FRIDAY TMHS 72, JDHS 60
TMHS’s Lee had 10 points and four blocked shots in the second quarter of the Falcons 72-60 win over JDHS on Friday night, and finished with a team-high 18 points, eight rebounds and six blocks.
“I just tried to play good defense,” Lee said. “I just tried to slide over from help side and keep my hands up all the time. I don’t really think about it when I go up for blocks. I know I need to finish strong, but we moved the ball really good and got good looks and we finished.”
Lee’s performance with three blocked shots with 1:48 remaining in the second quarter sparked a 7-2 run that put the Falcons up 38-32 at the half.
“It was big,” TMHS coach John Blasco said. “First it makes the shooter think twice about coming in, but also it is a big momentum thing for the guys. Guys get excited. We definitely need to use his strength inside like that.”
JDHS junior Bruce Jones tried to single-handedly carry the Crimson Bears through the gym, reaching game-highs with 28 points and 10 rebounds.
“We just have to try our hardest as a team,” Jones said. “It is hard out there when we are starting to go on a down streak, but we just have to keep on pushing through. Tonight I was more aggressive than I usually play. With Adam and Caleb out it was tough. When they get back hopefully it will be a different ball game.”
Jones had a block, two baskets and a rebound in the first two minutes of the game and provided an answer for the opening scores by TMHS seniors Ben Jahn, Lee, Josh Palmer and Matt Seymour. Palmer and Seymour both found the net from past the arch, as did the Crimson Bears’ Gunnar Schultz in a 17-12 Falcons advantage in the opening eight minutes.
With the Falcons scoring 21 points in the second stanza and the Crimson Bears 20, it was easy to overlook the defense that both teams displayed.
“I think our energy level to stay aggressive for 32 minutes was key,” Blasco said. “We did not want to let up. JD is a team that is going to keep coming at you for 32 minutes and I think we stayed energized and focused for that whole time.”
The Crimson Bears could not pull closer than six points and with 6:15 remaining in the period Lee scored his second bucket of the quarter to give the Falcons a 46-36 advantage. Palmer followed a shot to score and the JDHS bench was given a technical that gave the Falcons another possession and Palmer and Jahn both converted free throws.
Jahn scored seven of his 15 points in the third period, Lee another six, Palmer five and Mike Uddipa was rewarded a layup off of a Lee rebound and outlet pass that ended the quarter 58-42.
The Falcons were not threatened in the fourth quarter and used the entire bench to keep pressure on the visiting Crimson Bears.
“I keep saying to the guys we are going to shorten up the closer we get to regions,” Blasco said. “But I felt comfortable with all the guys playing tonight. I think I played 10 strong until the end and I felt like everybody was contributing so I kept playing them. The game was exciting. It was fun. I don’t think any student section sat down.”
TMHS: Ryan Lee- 18 PTS, 8 RB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 9-16 FG, 0-2 FT; Josh Palmer- 15 PTS, 6 RB, 5 AST, 5 STL, 6-13 FG, 1-4 FT, 2-8 3-PT; Ben Jahn- 15 PTS, 6 RB, 3 AST, 4 STL, 4-10 FG, 7-11 FT; Matt Seymour- 11 PTS, 1 RB, 1 STL, 2-3 FG, 6-6 FT, 1-1 3-PT; Luke Nye- 6 PTS, 4 RB, 2 AST, 2-5 FG, 2-3 FT; Alan Fisher- 3 PTS, 1 AST, 1-2 FG, 1-2 3-PT; Mike Uddipa- 2 PTS, 2 AST, 1-4 FG, 0-2 3-PT; Trent Uddipa- 2 PTS, 1 RB, 1 AST 1-4 FG. The Falcons were 14-27 at the charity stripe.
JDHS: Bruce Jones- 28 PTS, 10 RB, 3 AST, 10-16 FG, 8-14 FT; Jacob Thibodeau- 7 PTS, 1 RB, 3-4 FG, 1-2 FT; Dar Hodge-Campos- 6 PTS, 3 RB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 4-7 FG, 0-2 3-PT; Gunnar Schultz- 6 PTS, 2 RB, 2-9 FG, 2-8 3-PT; Nathan Klein- 4 PTS, 5 RB, 3 AST, 1-1 FG, 2-2 FT; Rahul Chhabria- 3 PTS, 3-4 FT; Kevin Guimmayen- 2 PTS, 2 RB, 1 STL, 0-4 FG, 2-2 FT, 0-2 3-PT; Stewart Conn- 2 PTS, 3 RB, 3 AST; Manase Maake- 2 PTS, 2-2 FT. The Crimson Bears were 18-27 at the charity stripe.
Junior Varsity and C scores:
TMHS JV 73, JDHS JV 64
TM – Chase Saviers 21 points, Guy Bean 15, R J Markovich 12, Kevin Andes 6, William Martin 6, Noah Reishus 5, Mahina Toutaiolepo 2, John Vogt 2, Moa Maka 2, Riley Olson 1, Jacob Olangco 1.
JD – Jacob Thibodeau 13, Bryce Swofford 12, Trevor Rich 10, Stewart Conn 8, Marshall Shapland-Murray 5, Treyson Ramos 5, Manse Maake 4, Isaiah Fernandez 3, Brady Mallinger 2, Ulyz Bohulano 2.
TMHS C 50, JDHS C 42
TM – Olson 16, Reishus 14, Toutaiolepo 9, Garth Tupou 5, John Morris 3, Tucker Kearns 1, Jordan Milligan 1, Shannon Olmstead 1.
JD – Shapland-Murray 8, Rich 8, Bohulano 7, Romney Tupou 5, Patrick Benin 4, Cody Adams 3, Trevor Grant 3, Fernandez 2, Mallinger 2.
TMHS JV 65, JDHS JV 30
TM – Bean 15, Vogt 8, Reishus 7, Markovich 6, Saviers 5, Stephens 5, Andes 5, Toutaiolepo 4, Olangco 3, Tupou 3, olson 2, Martin 2.
JD – Shapland-Murray 8, Adam 7, Thibodeau 7, Mallinger 5, Grant 2, Swofford 1.
TMHS C 63, JDHS C 51
TM – Reishus 19, Toutaiolep 11, olson 9, Morris 7, Milligan 7, Tupou 5, Hoff 3, Crawford 2.
JD – Bohulano 21, Adams 7, Rich 6, Grant 4, Mallinger 4, Fernando 3, Benin 2, Shapland-Murray 2.