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Curtis Lane scored a team-high 19 points to lead the Juneau-Douglas boys basketball team to a 63-60 win over the second-ranked Dimond Lynx on Wednesday in Anchorage.
The win keeps the Crimson Bears perfect this season with a 6-0 record heading into today's T-Bird Classic at East Anchorage High School where they will play two more of state's top teams.
In this week's Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls released Wednesday, Juneau moved up a notch to No. 4 in the state behind top-ranked Bartlett (8-0), Dimond and third-ranked Wasilla (4-3).
Lane had his shooting magic early, nailing four 3-pointers in the first half, but Dimond (8-3) kept the game tight and the teams were tied at 31 at halftime.
Lane cooled off in the second half, but the rest of the Bears picked up the slack. Bryan Hamey hit a crucial 3-pointer to tie the game at 55 in the late in the fourth quarter while Juneau's pressure defense held Dimond in check the rest of the way.
"Curtis had it going early," Juneau head coach George Houston said. "He started cramping in the second half and his shots weren't going down. But of course, he didn't tell me until we were back at the hotel, or else I would have given him more rest in the second half. He didn't hit a three in the second, but it wasn't for a lack of trying."
The Bears led 63-60 heading into the games' final 30 seconds when Dimond had several chances to tie the game but nothing fell for the Lynx and time ran out.
"They had at least three opportunities, but just didn't make it," Houston said. "Our defense wasn't guarding the three like they should have, but it was good win. We hung in there and got our first win on the road."
Junior Cumlat continued his scoring spurt, putting in 15 points while the Bears' season scoring leader, Ryan Monagle, had 11. Hamey added nine points off the bench and Joe Ayers scored five.
Joe Chirhart led Dimond in scoring with a game-high 21 points while Brandon Joseph added 15. Chris Flakes and Ty Clapper each had seven points for the Lynx.
Juneau's big men were held in check throughout the game. Center Byron Wild and forward Jake Miller combined for just three points.
"Byron struggled," Houston said. "He's going to have to pull it together against Wasilla tomorrow against their big guys. Jake was one of the best guys guarding Joseph."
The Bears shot 57 percent from the field, but only shot 50 percent from the charity line. But the most glaring stat was that Juneau did not record a single offensive rebound the entire game and were outrebounded 35-20 by the Lynx. Criag Kitka, Monagle and Wild each had four rebounds to lead Juneau.
"That was the first game I can ever remember that we didn't get an offensive rebound," Houston said. "We are very fortunate we won. But we did shoot 57 percent from the field. Maybe we should have someone guard us from free throw line."
The Bears play Wasilla today at 4 p.m. and East Anchorage Friday at 6 p.m. They round out the T-Bird Classic against top-ranked Bartlett on Saturday at 4 p.m. All games will be broadcast by KINY AM-800.
"This was the first one of four," Houston said. "We play a team tomorrow (Wasilla) that's even better than the team we played today. They better be ready."
CRIMSON BEARS 63, LYNX 60
Wednesday's game from Dimond High School
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (63) -- Junior Cumlat 4 6-8 15, Joe Ayers 2 0-2 5, Ryan Monagle 5 0-3 11, Curtis Lane 6 3-4 19, Sterling Henderson 0 1-2 1, Bryan Hamey 3 2-4 9, Craig Kitka 0 0-0 0, Bryon Wild 0 1-3 1, Jake Miller 1 0-0 2. Totals: 21 13-16 63.
DIMOND (60) -- Aaron Murphy 1 0-1 2, Joe Chirhart 7 4-4 21, Brandon Joseph 5 3-3 15, Chris Stovall 2 0-0 4, Shaun Murphy 0 0-0 0, Chris Flakes 2 2-2 7, Jason Simmons 0 0-0 0, Matt Jemin 2 0-0 4, Ty Clapper 3 1-2 7, Kris Hodges 0 0-0 0.. Totals: 22 10-14 60.
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 18 13 17 15 -- 63
DIMOND 17 14 16 13 -- 60
3-point goals -- Juneau-Douglas 8 (Lane 4, Cumlat, Ayers, Monagle, Hamey), Dimond 4 (Chirhart 3, Flakes). Fouled out -- Dimond 2 (Flakes, Jemin). Technical fouls -- Juneau (Cumlat). Total fouls -- Juneau-Douglas 16, Dimond 23.