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Juneau-Douglas fell flat in the fourth quarter Wednesday, getting outscored 23-5 in dropping a 71-47 decision at West Anchorage in boys’ basketball action.
The Crimson Bear boys led 14-13 after the first quarter and trailed by 8, 36-28, at the half. JDHS closed within 6, 48-42, heading into the fourth, but then fell apart after abandoning their zone defense and facing matchup problems.
“West’s trademark is their full-court pressure and we got a lot of lay-up opportunities early and we converted. But they adjusted,” JDHS coach Steve Potter said. “They have a couple of really talented athletes, and they’re all really long and fast. They press and keep pressing, coming at you from behind. They played a 1-1-3 zone similar to what Thunder Mountain did, but way more aggressive.
“We were patient but with about five minutes to go we needed to come back so we came out of our zone, and then our matchup issues became obvious.”
Colin Gozelski led JDHS with 19 points, scoring 18 in the first half. Three more Bears scored six points each.
JDHS plays Palmer today at 2:45 p.m. in the opener of the 2011 Alaska Prep Shootout at Dimond High School.
The eigh-team bracket also includes Cordova, Nome, Bartlett, Ketchikan and North Pole.