Juneau-Douglas defeats Dimond to win Shootout

Bears' Will Egolf scores 20 points in final

Posted: Sunday, January 08, 2006

Ryan Fagerstrom scored 18 points as the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team defeated host Dimond 65-60 on Saturday to win the Alaska Prep Shootout.

Will Egolf added 20 points and blocked six shots en route to earning Most Outstanding Player honors for the Crimson Bears (8-2). JDHS defeated Bartlett 63-61 in ovetime on Friday in the semifinal round.

"We got the job done against Dimond," JDHS coach George Houston said. "It wasn't pretty but we'll take it and certainly take the one against Bartlett."

Down 34-32 at the half, Juneau-Douglas started the third quarter with 12-0 run.

Ryan Fagerstrom ignited the third-quarter run with a 3-pointer as JDHS raced to a 46-32 lead.

Juneau-Douglas also did an excellent job defensively on Dimond. The Lynx failed to score until Michael Anderson's putback with about three minutes left in the quarter.

Dimond cut Juneau's lead to 51-43 at the end of three quarters. J.C. Sneed hit a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter as the Lynx started to chip away at Juneau-Douglas' lead. Justin Ore hit a jumper after Sneed's 3-pointer as Dimond cut Juneau's lead to 60-52.

Dimond then sliced Juneau's lead to 60-58 with less than one minute remaining as Orr sank a pair of free throws.

After the Bears' Tres Saldivar and Dimond's Ore traded baskets, Juneau-Douglas sealed the game at the free throw line.

Fagerstrom hit one of two free throws with 23.3 seconds left to give JDHS a 63-60 advantage. Egolf then iced the championship with 7.5 seconds remaining by nailing two from the charity stripe.

Clae Baker scored nine points for the Bears and hit five of six free throws. Luke Miller contributed eight points while Scott Lesh and Saldivar added five points each in the win.

Mike Anderson led the Lynx with 16 points.

Juneau-Douglas raced to first quarter lead behind Fagerstrom.

The senior forward scored seven points and recorded a steal and an assist to Will Egolf as the Crimson Bears went ahead 15-13 midway through the first quarter.

The Lynx responded by closing the first quarter on a 13-2 run to take a 21-17 lead. Dimond's 6-foot-7 center Anderson scored 10 points in the first quarter.

Remy Martin extended the Lynx' lead to 28-22 early in the second quarter. After both teams traded a pair of baskets, Dimond's Rylan Wilden came off the bench and nailed a jumper to give the Lynx a 34-27 advantage.

Juneau-Douglas scored the final five points of the half, however, to cut their deficit to a field goal at the half.

Egolf scored 12 points in the first half and Fagerstrom contributed eight points to keep the Crimson Bears close.

Juneau-Douglas advanced to Saturday's title game with a 63-61 overtime victory over Bartlett on Friday.

Egolf posted 19 points, 12 rebounds, eight blocked shots and four steals for the Crimson Bears.

Scott Lesh scored 12 points off the bench and knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the win. Also for JDHS, Faifo Levale had eight points and made four of five free throws, Clae Baker contributed four points and eight boards and Luke Miller posted five points and five rebounds.

Juneau-Douglas held a 25-22 halftime advantage before Bartlett seized momentum in the third quarter.

The Golden Bears outscored the Crimson Bears 19-12 in the third quarter as Bartlett took a 41-37 lead. JDHS fought back to tie the game at 54-54 in the final eight minutes to force overtime.

Juneau-Douglas outscored Bartlett 9-7 in the extra period to advance to Saturday's championship final against host Dimond.

Kevin Winford led Bartlett with 13 points.

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



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