Bears open tournament with a win

Juneau-Douglas makes 19-of-25 free throws to top West Valley

Posted: Friday, January 06, 2006

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team overcame sloppy play to beat previously undefeated West Valley 53-43 on Thursday in the Alaska Prep Shootout at Dimond High School.

The Crimson Bears (6-2) outscored the Wolfpack 21-11 in the final eight minutes to earn the quarterfinal victory. JDHS takes on Bartlett in the semifinals at 7 tonight.

Despite committing 20 turnovers in the game, JDHS showed great composure at the free throw line.

After shooting a lowly 5-of-15 from the free throw line in last week's 51-48 loss to Hidden Valley, Ore., the Bears improved their form. Juneau connected on 19-of-25 free throws in Thursday's win.

With the score tied at 32-32 after three quarters, the Bears used their poise to win the game.

West Valley's Will Edwards put his side ahead 39-37 early in the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer. Juneau's Will Egolf immediately responded by scoring off an offensive rebound to tie the game.

JDHS then hit 5-of-8 free throws to take a 44-41 lead. Ryan Fagerstrom and Egolf hit layups, and Juneau made five more free throws in the final 28 seconds of play to secure the win.

Egolf led the Crimson Bears with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Scott Lesh had 11 points off the bench, and Luke Miller and Fagerstrom added nine points each.

Clae Baker had five points, Cameron Cook added three points, Faifo Levale chipped in with two points and Tres Saldivar contributed one point for the Bears.

Codar Anderson almost single-handedly kept West Valley in the game by scoring a game-high 22 points.

Juneau-Douglas opened the game on a 6-0 run, but the Wolfpack responded to take a 10-8 lead after one quarter.

The Wolfback extended its lead midway through the second quarter, as Eric Courts' shot gave West Valley a 18-13 lead. Juneau-Douglas fought back. Cameron Cook's three-point play late in the half gave JDHS a 24-22 halftime lead.

JDHS did commit 12 turnovers in the first half, however.

Fagerstrom's layup with 38 seconds left tied the score at 32-32 following three quarters.

Juneau-Douglas shot 35.6 percent from the floor in the win, while West Valley made only 30 percent of its shots.

The Crimson Bears controlled the glass in the win, out-rebounding the Wolfpack 54-43

• Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com





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