Juneau boys rally after losses to beat West

Posted: Sunday, January 09, 2000

A day after its worst defeat in five years, the Juneau-Douglas boys basketball team nearly rebounded but couldn't overcome the hot-shooting Colony Knights, falling 58-50 at the CCM Hoops Challenge Friday.

On Saturday, Juneau outmatched the West Anchorage Eagles 66-44 to end its road trip 1-2.

The Crimson Bears (4-2) were stunned in a 70-40 loss to East Anchorage Thursday - Juneau's most lop-sided loss since a 93-60 decision to the Thunderbirds in the 1994 state championship, when current Cleveland Cavalier Trajan Langdon was a senior for East.

Against Colony, Juneau shook off the tentative play that doomed it against East, and fought back from a 16-12 first-quarter deficit to lead 27-23 at halftime on Jon Chapman's 3-point-play with under 10 seconds left.

Colony's Mike Johnson scored a game-high 29 points, including a 3-pointer with six seconds left in the third-quarter that broke a 37-37 tie.

There were four lead changes and four ties in the fourth quarter. Colony took the lead for good when Johnson drove for a score and a 51-50 lead with under two minutes left. Colony then closed the game with a 7-0 run.

Chapman led Juneau with a career-high 16 points. Evan Tromble scored 13 in his first game playing exclusively at forward. The 6-foot-4 senior had lined up at guard, but an ankle injury to senior post Rick Carte against East left the Crimson Bears thin up front.

Curtis Lane and Clay Brown scored five points each for Juneau, Ryan Monagle and James Severin had four and John Blasco three.

Cole Magner added 14 points for Colony.

West - coached by former Juneau assistant Bryce Searles - fell behind 18-5 in the first quarter and was down 30-10 at halftime. The Eagles hit just 11-of-25 from the free throw line.

Sophomore forward Ryan Monagle scored a career-high 18 points, and Tromble added 12. John Blasco canned three 3-pointers for nine points; James Severin also had nine points.

The Crimson Bears host the Wasilla Warriors next Friday and Saturday. The Warriors - regarded as one of the top Mat-Su Valley teams this year - lost at the buzzer to Chugiak on Friday.

KNIGHTS 58CRIMSON BEARS 50

Friday's game at the CCM-Alaska Hoops Challenge at Colony High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (50)

Joe Ayers 0 0-0 0, Ryan Monagle 2 0-0 4, Clay Brown 2 1-2 5, Curtis Lane 2 0-0 5, Evan Tromble 5 2-3 13, James Severin 1 2-4 4, Jon Chapman 6 4-7 16, John Blasco 1 0-0 3, Leon Bus 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 9-16 50.

COLONY (58)

Barry Slaymaker 1 0-0 2, Josh Williams 2 0-0 5, Mike Johnson 12 3-5 29, Jared Boyd 0 2-6 2, Jake Davies 0 0-2 0, Cole Magner 5 4-7 14, Colt Foster 2 0-0 4, Matt Berg 0 2-4 2. Totals: 22 11-24 58.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 12 15 10 13 - 50COLONY 16 7 17 18 - 58

3-point goals - Juneau-Douglas 3 (Blasco, Lane, Tromble), Colony 3 (Johnson 2, Williams 1). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - JuneauDouglas 19, Colony 15.

CRIMSON BEARS 66EAGLES 44

Saturday's game at the CCM-Alaska Hoops Challenge at Colony High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (66)

Joe Ayers 0 0-2 0, John Blasco 3 0-0 9, Ryan Monagle 8 2-4 18, Clay Brown 2 0-0 5, Curtis Lane 2 0-0 5, Leon Bus 2 0-1 4, Evan Tromble 5 0-0 12, James Severin 4 0-0 9, Jon Chapman 1 2-2 4. Totals: 27 4-9 66.

WEST ANCHORAGE (44)

Simon Wigren 0 0-1 0, Johnny Grant 4 1-5 12, David Street 0 0-1 0, Gifford Benoit 1 7-12 9, Joe Weber 1 0-0 2, Ski Davis 3 1-2 7, Andrew Smith 5 2-2 12, Joe McDonald 0 0-2 0, Brett Lister 1 0-0 2. Totals: 15 11-25 44.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 18 12 15 21 - 66WEST ANCHORAGE 5 5 18 16 - 44

3-point goals - Juneau-Douglas 8 (Blasco 3, Tromble 2, Brown 1, Lane 1, Severin 1), West 3 (Grant 3). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Juneau-Douglas 18, West 13.



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