Mount Edgecumbe boys sweep pair of games from Craig

Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Josh Thomas was the top scorer each night as he led the Mount Edgecumbe Braves to a weekend sweep over the Craig Panthers in a two-game Southeast Conference-Class 3A boys basketball series in Craig on Friday and Saturday.

Thomas scored 24 points to lead the Braves to a 75-55 victory on Saturday, and he had 19 points in a 78-66 win on Friday.

In Saturday's game, Erik Stickler scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half for Mount Edgecumbe (5-2 overall, 4-0 SE). Brandon Thomas added 12 points and Damen Bell-Holter scored nine for the Braves.

Alexei Gamble scored all of his team-high 15 points in the second half to lead the Panthers (3-6 overall, 1-3 SE). Eric Hamilton added 13 points, while Spencer Beckman scored 11 and Nick Jones added nine.

On Friday, Brandon Thomas added 18 points for Mount Edgecumbe, while Stickler scored 15 and Bell-Holter chipped in 12.

Hamilton led Craig with 28 points and Jones added 15 in Friday's game.

Wrangell boys sweep Metlakatla

Dwight Yancey and Chris Haggard took turns leading the way as the Wrangell boys swept a two-game Southeast-Class 3A series over the defending champion Metlakatla Chiefs over the weekend in Metlakatla. Yancey scored 16 points to lead the Wolves to a 64-43 victory on Friday, then Haggard led Wrangell to a 50-22 victory Saturday with 18 points.

In Friday's game, Haggard added 13 points and Spencer Stavee scored 10 for Wrangell (5-2 overall, 4-2 SE). Clifton Guthrie scored 16 points and Donald Tompkins added 12 to lead Metlakatla (2-7 overall, 1-3 SE).

On Saturday, Yancey scored 12 points and Gordon McCluskey added eight for the Wolves, who used a suffocating defense to hold the Chiefs to their lowest-scoring output in several years. Guthrie scored seven points to lead Metlakatla and Creighton Boyd added six.

Petersburg boys sweep Haines

Sam Jensen scored 18 points each night as the host Petersburg boys swept Haines last weekend, winning 55-51 on Friday and 64-42 on Saturday in a Southeast-Class 3A series.

Aaron Phillips added 14 points for the Vikings (7-2 overall, 4-2 SE) on Friday as they held off a late charge by the visiting Glacier Bears. David Berry scored 20 points for Haines (2-6 overall, 2-6 SE), including 16 in the second half. Daniel Stickler added 14 and Nathan Narum chipped in 11 for the Glacier Bears.

On Saturday, David Mazzella added 12 points for Petersburg as the Vikings built a 33-15 halftime lead. Stickler scored 15 points and Berry added nine for Haines.

Hoonah boys sweep Skagway

Devin Moritz scored 18 points and Torin Smith added 17 as the undefeated Hoonah boys trounced visiting Skagway 79-21 on Saturday to complete a sweep of their Southeast-Class 2A series. On Friday, Dustin Bowen scored 20 points as the Braves beat the Panthers 75-10.

Bowen chipped in eight points for Hoonah (7-0 overall, 4-0 SE) on Saturday, while Trevor Cochran scored 10 points and Lachlan Dennis added six to lead Skagway (0-7 overall, 0-4 SE).

Moritz scored 13 points and Smith chipped in 10 for Hoonah on Friday. Cochran scored five points for Skagway.

There were some discrepancies on the scoresheets, so the scoring totals may be a few points off.

Kake boys sweep Klawock

Timothy Demmert scored 48 points over two games last week to lead the Kake boys to commanding wins over host Klawock in their Southeast-Class 2A series. The games were the season openers for the hometown Chieftains.

Demmert scored 22 points - including four 3-pointers - on Wednesday in the Thunderbirds' 82-29 win over the Chieftains, and he scored 26 points - including six 3-pointers - on Thursday in Kake's 82-36 win over Klawock.

Xavier Friday scored 14 points and Derek Knudsen added 12 for Kake (5-4 overall, 5-1 SE) in the Jan. 19 game, which saw the Thunderbirds score all the points they would need in a 33-4 first quarter run. Rock Mackinnon scored 10 points to lead Klawock (0-2 overall, 0-2 SE).

On Jan. 20, Knudsen added 17 points and Trevor Morris chipped in 12 as Kake took a 36-7 lead after the first quarter. The Thunderbirds scored all 18 of their third-quarter points on 3-pointers, including four from Demmert. Rafael Ramirez scored 12 points and Mackinnon added nine for Klawock.

Kake boys sweep Thorne Bay

Derek Knudsen scored 23 points to lead the Kake boys to a 76-24 win over host Thorne Bay on Saturday for a sweep of their Southeast-Class 2A series. On Friday, Timothy Demmert scored 15 points as the Thunderbirds beat the Wolverines 57-26.

Ryan Gray led Thorne Bay (2-7 overall, 2-4 SE) with 11 points on Friday and nine points on Saturday.

Angoon boys sweep Sitka C

Adam Johnson scored 40 points last Thursday to lead the host Angoon boys to a commanding 80-31 win over Sitka's C team. John Croasmun scored 29 points - including six 3-pointers - on Friday as the Eagles beat the Wolves 74-14.

Angoon was playing for the first time this season after it missed several weeks - and had to forfeit four games - while working to get enough eligible players.

On Thursday, Chris Kookesh added 16 points and Konrad Frank scored 10 for Angoon (2-4 overall, 0-4 SE). Johnson reached his 40-point total on 15 2-point baskets, one 3-pointer and 7-for-8 free-throw shooting. Colby McCarty scored 23 points - nearly 75 percent of his team's scoring - to lead the Sitka C team.

Johnson scored 21 points and Kookesh added 18 for the Eagles on Friday. Connor Lane led the Wolves with seven points.

Yakutat boys go 1-2 in Cordova

Ben Dunbar earned tournament MVP honors and Kyle Dierick made the all-tournament team as the Yakutat boys posted a 1-2 record in the Cordova Elks Tip-Off Tournament.

Jack Klushkan scored 25 points, Dunbar added 17 and Dierick had 16 as the Eagles beat Ninilchik 72-70 in overtime last Thursday to open play in the tournament. Jesse Leman led the Class 2A Wolverines with 25 points.

Yakutat (7-5 overall, 5-1 SE) was edged by host Cordova 61-58 on Friday, and the Class 2A Eagles led most of the game against the Class 3A Wolverines who eventually won their own tournament.

Dunbar led Yakutat with 25 points, Dierick scored 13 and Sam Ferguson added eight for the Eagles. Keenan Adams scored 14 points to lead Cordova, which took the lead with 4.9 seconds left in the game. Yakutat took a one-point lead with a minute left in the game, but went 1-for-5 from the free-throw line down the stretch to allow the Wolverines to claim the victory.

Yakutat fell to the Class 4A Dimond junior varsity 76-61 on Saturday, as Dierick scored 19 points, Klushkan had 16 and Dunbar added 12. Austin Maloney scored 13 points to lead the Lynx and Jacob Rabung added 10.

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