One night after a taking one on the chin from Southeast Conference archrival Ketchikan, Juneau-Douglas bounced back but still came short, falling 59-55 to the Kings at Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.
"We played with more purpose," JDHS coach Steve Potter said. "We jumped out on them pretty good
JDHS led 18-11 after one quarter and was in control, but Ketchikan lived at the free throw line in the second quarter and chipped away at the lead. The Bears led 31-28 at the break.
"They pulled ahead 45-43 in the third quarter, and we had the ball down one in the fourth quarter. Colin (Gozelski) got fouled and missed the front end of a one-and-one."
JDHS fouled Tyller Bell and he made the front end of a 1-and-1 to push the Kings back up by two. But Ketchikan got the offensive rebound and David Kline made two free throws to set the final score.
Gozelski led the Bears with 17 points, Tony Yadao added 12 and Lance Ibesate 11. Senior Alex DeRocher did not play due to an illness.
"We made some strides, though we obviously took a big step backward (Friday)," Potter said of the Bears' 81-62 loss in the opener. "We gained some of that back (Saturday), but we made breakdowns down the stretch - and periodically throughout the game - that we shouldn't be making at this stage of the season."
Jeff Wicker scored just 11 points one night after dropping 35 on the Bears. Bell led the Kings with 17 points.