After dropping its first two games in the Alaska Airlines Classic at West Anchorage High School, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team took out its frustrations Saturday on Barrow in a 72-35 rout.
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The Crimson Bears (6-3, 2-0 Southeast) raced to a 23-9 first-quarter lead and never looked back.
"We were much bigger again," JDHS coach Steve Potter said. "We just attacked them from the get-go. We had some frustration from the second game against Bartlett."
JDHS beat the Golden Bears 65-42 on Wednesday, but fell to that same team 74-58 just two days later.
Against the Class 3A Whalers, however, JDHS exerted its dominance early and often.
The Crimson Bears exploded to a 44-19 halftime lead as Will Egolf led all scorers with 20 points. Cameron Cook contributed 13 points while Nico Saldivar, Faifo Levale, Clae Baker and Robert Beierly chipped in six points each.
"We wanted to establish our presence in the beginning," Potter said of Juneau's inside game. "The whole time up here we did a good job inside."
On Friday, 26 points from Egolf weren't enough as Bartlett earned the victory.
JDHS trailed 33-31 at halftime, but the Golden Bears outscored the Crimson Bears by 17 points in the second half for the win.
"I think we have some details that have to get refined," Potter said. "We discovered if we're not sharp, a team like Bartlett, that we easily beat Wednesday, could beat us by 16 points if we're not ready."
Cook scored 14 points while Saldivar and Baker added five each in Friday's loss.
"Bartlett had that sagging 3-2 zone and we weren't finishing well inside," Potter said.
Up next for JDHS will be a pair of critical contest at home against conference-rival Ketchikan.
The Kings wrapped up a successful trip to Fairbanks by beating North Pole on Friday and Lathrop on Saturday. Ketchikan's 6-foot-9 center, Damon Bell-Holter, poured in 33 points in Friday's 67-54 win.
The Kings nipped Lathrop 56-52 on Saturday.
"They've been making some noise," Potter said of Kayhi. "They put up some impressive wins. There are always people making comparisons between Will and their big kid (Bell-Holter). We'll get a chance to see this weekend."
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