Fans will be treated to a marquee boys basketball matchup this weekend as Juneau-Douglas hosts Dimond from Anchorage.
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The two teams will tangle at 8 p.m. tonight and 5 p.m. Saturday at the Crimson Bears' gym.
Juneau-Douglas (8-3, 4-0 Southeast) enters this weekend's series with a three-game winning streak. The Crimson Bears looked sharp in two wins over previously-ranked Ketchikan last weekend.
In the wins against the Kings, JDHS received terrific games from all its big men. Will Egolf poured in 42 points in two games while Clae Baker and Cameron Cook did a terrific job rebounding inside. Sam Clark and Faifo Levale also provided quality minutes off the bench.
Also, the Crimson Bears' outside shooting kept the pressure off their centers by knocking down big shots. Nico Saldivar, Dominique Brinson, Robert Beierly and Ryan Larson all drained 3-pointers in the series sweep.
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Who: No. 1 Dimond vs. No. 4 JDHS.
When: 8 p.m. tonight, 5 p.m. Saturday.
Where: JDHS gym.
What's at stake: Whoever wins this series could take first place in the next state sportswriters poll and WPI rankings.
The Lynx (7-1, 3-1 Cook Inlet) head to town as the state's top-ranked team according to the latest Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball poll. Dimond also sits second in the latest Winning Percentage Index, which measures wins and strength of schedule.
The state's top-ranked team opened the season white hot, winning seven straight games. Chugiak, Wasilla, Service and West Valley are among the Lynx' vanquished foes. Three-time defending state champion West Anchorage, ranked second in the media poll, halted Dimond's win streak with a 51-44 victory on Tuesday.
Three players JDHS should be aware of are Rylan Whilden, Colon Lauwers and Cris Plooy.
Whilden poured in 32 points in a 65-50 win over East Anchorage on Jan. 19, while Lauwers led the Lynx in scoring in their loss to the Eagles.
As a team, Dimond averages 59.9 points per game. Defensively, the Lynx allows 47.6 points per contest.
Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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