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Crimson Bear boys earn split with Kings

Juneau basketball team rebounds from Friday loss to edge Ketchikan on Saturday

Posted: Sunday, January 23, 2005

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team claimed a split in their season-opening Southeast Conference-Class 4A series this weekend in Ketchikan.

The Crimson Bears lost Friday's game to the Ketchikan Kings, 71-57, but Juneau rallied to win 60-57 on Saturday at Ketchikan's Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium. Saturday's victory ended a four-game losing streak this season for Juneau, and it ended a four-game losing streak to Ketchikan that dated back to the end of the last season.

"It's a whole lot better feeling," Juneau coach George Houston said after Saturday's victory. "We played with a lot more intensity and we played a lot harder tonight."

In Friday's game, Ketchikan ran off to a 7-0 lead and never trailed as they led by nine (17-8) at the end of the first quarter, 11 at halftime (38-27) and 10 points (49-39) entering the fourth quarter.

On Saturday, Juneau got off to a better start and Ketchikan's lead was just two points at the end of the first quarter (19-17) and the game was close the rest of the way. The Crimson Bears took a 31-30 lead at halftime as senior Kyle Huntsman scored at the buzzer, and Juneau led 50-45 entering fourth quarter as senior Norman Zura hit a pair of 3-pointers to close out the third period.

Juneau led through most of the second half, but never by more than five points (twice). Ketchikan took a 55-54 lead late in the fourth quarter on a bucket by Derek Clark, but Tom Derbesy scored with 2 minutes, 5 seconds left to put Juneau back on top 56-55. Clark hit a free throw to tie the score at 56-56, but Huntsman scored with 32.7 seconds left to make it 58-56 and to put Juneau on top for good. Clark had a chance to tie the game with 13.2 seconds left, but made just one of two free throws. Then Larry Cooper sealed the victory by sinking two free throws with 12 seconds left.

"It was a great turnaround from last night, a night when we pretty much got dominated," Houston said, adding that Ketchikan outrebounded Juneau 40-26 in Friday's game. "It's always huge to win on the road, and tonight was really big, especially on the heels of last night. We bounced back and battled."

Juneau (4-5 overall, 1-1 SE) was led in Saturday's game by Derbesy's 13 points, while Huntsman scored 11 points, Cooper had 10, and Zura and Scott Lesh both scored seven.

Houston said Juneau's depth was a factor on Saturday, as only three players - Clark, Jesse LeBeau and Thomas Montgomery - made field goals for Ketchikan (8-4 overall, 1-1 SE). Clark scored 20 points to lead Ketchikan, with 13 of them in the second half, while LeBeau scored 18 and Montgomery had 13 points.

In Friday's game, Clark had 28 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Kings, while LeBeau scored 18 points and Montgomery had 13. Cooper was the only Juneau player to reach double-figure scoring with 12 points, and Zura and Lesh added eight each. Houston said Clark had to work a lot harder for his points in Saturday's game, and one reason was because of the defense of 6-foot-6 sophomore Will Egolf.

"We switched Egolf onto him, and he didn't get as many wide-open layups tonight," Houston said of Clark. "The first shot he took, Will blocked.

"We had more balance and more contributions from people off the bench. We kept working it and our depth had to be a factor late in the game, when LeBeau looked tired. The guy who probably had the best weekend was Larry, who played tough defense on LeBeau and scored in double figures both nights."

In junior varsity action this weekend, the Kings swept the Crimson Bears although Juneau nearly came back to win Saturday's game. Ketchikan won 56-54 on Saturday as Mike Bruce scored 17 points and Beau Poppin-Abjian added 12, but Juneau nearly erased a 10-point deficit entering the fourth quarter as Faifo Levale scored all 13 of his points in the second half and Clae Baker scored 10. On Friday, Ketchikan won 57-43 as Bruce scored 17 points, Poppin-Abjian added 11 and Eric Bezenek scored 10. Daryl Lew scored eight points to lead Juneau.

The Crimson Bears claimed a sweep in the C team games, winning 63-32 on Friday and 50-38 on Saturday. In Friday's game, Mike Jacobsen and Zach Heppner scored 10 points each to lead Juneau, while Hannibal Kintana led Ketchikan with six points. On Saturday, Levale scored 13 points to lead Juneau and James Washington led the Kings with 20 points.

The Crimson Bears head to Anchorage this weekend for their seventh, eighth and ninth consecutive road games this month. Juneau will play in the six-team Sheri Stears Memorial tournament at Bartlett High School and the Crimson Bears open the tourney at 4 p.m. Thursday against Lathrop. Ketchikan also will be in Anchorage this weekend for the East T-Bird Classic.

• The Empire sports desk can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.

JDHS BOYS HOOPS

Saturdays boys game from Ketchikan

CRIMSON BEARS 60,

KINGS 57

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (60) Larry Cooper 3 2-2 10, Norman Zura 2 1-2 7, Nico Saldivar 0 0-0 0, Tom Derbesy 5 3-4 13, Tres Saldivar 0 0-0 0, Luke Miller 1 1-2 3, Ryan Fagerstrom 1 1-2 3, Daryl Lew 0 0-0 0, Scott Lesh 3 0-0 7, Kyle Huntsman 4 3-5 11, Cameron Cook 0 0-0 0, Clae Baker 0 0-0 0, Will Egolf 3 0-0 6. Totals: 22 11-17 60.

KETCHIKAN (57) Thomas Montgomery 6 1-1 13, Jesse LeBeau 5 7-11 18, Derek Clark 6 7-13 20, Matt Boyd 0 0-0 0, Casey Bass 0 2-4 2, Kyle Howe 0 0-0 0, Beau Poppin-Abjian 0 0-0 0, Mike Meacock 0 0-0 0, Mike Jepson 0 0-0 0, Charles Altman 0 0-0 0, Mike Bruce 0 4-4 4. Totals: 17 21-33 57.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 17 14 19 10 60

KETCHIKAN 19 11 15 12 57

3-point goals Juneau-Douglas 5 (Cooper 2, Zura 2, Lesh 1), Ketchikan 2 (LeBeau 1, Clark 1). Fouled out Juneau-Douglas 0, Ketchikan 1 (Meacock). Technical fouls None. Total fouls Juneau-Douglas 21, Ketchikan 16.

Fridays boys game from Ketchikan

KINGS 71,

CRIMSON BEARS 57

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (57) Larry Cooper 5 0-1 12, Norman Zura 2 2-2 8, Nico Saldivar 0 0-0 0, Tom Derbesy 2 0-1 4, Tres Saldivar 0 5-6 5, Luke Miller 3 0-0 7, Ryan Fagerstrom 0 1-2 1, Scott Lesh 4 0-0 8, Kyle Huntsman 3 1-3 7, Clae Baker 0 1-2 1, Will Egolf 1 2-3 4, Daryl Lew 0 0-0 0, Cameron Cook 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 12-20 57.

KETCHIKAN (71) Thomas Montgomery 4 4-4 13, Jesse LeBeau 6 3-4 18, Derek Clark 8 12-15 28, Matt Boyd 0 0-0 0, Casey Bass 0 4-6 4, Kyle Howe 0 0-0 0, Beau Poppin-Abjian 1 0-0 2, Mike Meacock 2 0-0 4, Mike Jepson 0 0-0 0, Charles Altman 0 0-0 0, Mike Bruce 0 2-2 2. Totals: 21 25-31 71.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 8 19 12 18 57

KETCHIKAN 17 21 11 22 71

3-point goals Juneau-Douglas 5 (Cooper 2, Zura 2, Miller 1), Ketchikan 4 (LeBeau 3, Montgomery 1). Fouled out None. Technical fouls None. Total fouls Juneau-Douglas 26, Ketchikan 21.



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