Crimson Bears Male-muted

Lathrop sweeps Juneau boys, girls Homecoming games; First-half woes continue to plague Bear boys in series

Posted: Sunday, February 01, 2004

On Friday, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team was shorthanded. On Saturday, the Crimson Bears had another first-half letdown.

Such was the case as Juneau dropped its two homecoming games to the No. 4 Lathrop Malemutes over the weekend.

The Crimson Bears lost 66-51 on Friday with senior co-captains Adam Nelson (Achilles' tendon injury) and Alex Heumann (flu) both sidelined. The two seniors returned for Saturday's game, but the Crimson Bears lost again, 74-64, at the JDHS main gym.

"We couldn't stop them, we couldn't stop them at all in the first half," Juneau coach George Houston said after Saturday's loss dropped the Crimson Bears to 6-8 on the season. "I wasn't very happy with our defense. Things were too easy for them, their shots weren't contested. We didn't play with a sense of urgency until the second half, and by then we'd dug too deep of a hole."

"Our intensity was a lot higher on Friday," said sophomore forward Josh Monagle, who led the Crimson Bears in scoring each game. "It was like our team went, 'They're back,' and they can carry us. It's frustrating because those lapses were supposed to be done and over. If we play like this on the road, we'll get killed."

In Friday's game, Juneau stayed with Lathrop (10-3 overall) through the first half and trailed 30-25 at halftime. The Malemutes hit four 3-pointers in the third quarter, which helped push their lead to 13 points, 50-37, at the end of the period. Juneau wasn't able to get closer than 10 points the rest of the way, as Lathrop, which had struggled on free throws earlier in the game, finally found its range and made the shots down the stretch.

On Saturday, Lathrop played with more intensity than it did Friday. The Malemutes hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter and they crashed the glass hard, outrebounding Juneau in the first half as they took a 39-25 halftime lead.

Lathrop's lead reached 22 points midway through the third quarter, 54-32, which is about when the Crimson Bears woke up and went on a 9-0 run. Lathrop led 60-47 entering the fourth quarter and Juneau cut the lead to eight points twice midway through the final period. That was as close as the Crimson Bears would get.

"One of our goals was to crash the boards and we shot a lot free throws," said Lathrop coach Milo Griffin, whose team rebounded from Friday's 11-for-24 performance to go 19-for-23 at the line on Saturday. "It's good to come here and get two wins. It's good to come on the road like this, where there's a tradition of winning."

After Friday's game, the Crimson Bears were feeling like they were just a couple of bad passes and missed shots away from beating Lathrop.

"I think we came out and played hard, but our shots weren't falling," Juneau junior guard Larry Cooper said after Friday's game. "We need to get back on defense. They were outhustling us and getting back faster than we were."

"I felt like we did an OK job, we played hard," Juneau junior swingman Kyle Huntsman said Friday. "We're going to have to step it up a notch. This is a team we can beat, but we had too many turnovers and mental lapses. If we fix those things I think we're right there with them."

But Saturday's game, with the first-half lapse on defense, left the Juneau players wondering about how they'll do when the Crimson Bears close out the season with eight straight Region V-Class 4A games.

"We need to stop coming out with these weak first halves," Nelson said. "We've got to come out with more intensity."

"We didn't come out strong and I don't know why we're still having this problem," Heumann said. "It's something we need to put an end to right now."

In Friday's game, Derrick Hall scored 13 points and made four steals to lead Lathrop, while Mike Titus added 12 points, five rebounds and three steals.

Monagle scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Juneau, while Huntsman had nine points and David Jones scored seven.

On Saturday, Titus scored 19 points before leaving the game with a separated shoulder at the end of the third quarter to lead Lathrop. Matt Fisher added 18 points and eight rebounds, while Josh Lohrenz had 10 points and six boards for the Malemutes.

Monagle scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Crimson Bears, while Heumann added 13 points, Nelson had nine points and Rob Carte had nine points.

The Juneau boys will open Region V-Class 4A play this weekend when the Crimson Bears head to Sitka for two games. Juneau's next home games are Feb. 20-21 against Ketchikan.

• Charles Bingham can be reached at cbingham@juneauempire.com.

MALEMUTES 74, CRIMSON BEARS 64

Saturday's boys boxscore from JDHS

LATHROP (74) - Shawn Fletcher 1 6-6 8, Shea Frazee 0 0-0 0, Derrick Hall 1 2-2 5, Willie Blackburn 1 0-0 3, Brock Graziadei 0 0-0 0, Michael Titus 6 5-5 19, Rolondo Dominique 0 0-0 0, Chuck Quint 1 1-2 3, Brian Chilcott 4 0-0 8, Josh Lohrenz 3 3-5 10, Matt Fisher 8 2-3 18, Stefan Sele 0 0-0 0, John Thies 0 0-0 0. Totals: 25 19-23 74.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (64) - Larry Cooper 2 0-0 5, Norman Zura 0 0-0 0, Scott Lesh 1 0-0 2, Tom Derbesy 0 0-0 0, Tres Saldivar 0 0-0 0, Luke Miller 0 0-0 0, Clae Baker 0 0-0 0, Alex Heumann 3 4-4 13, Rob Carte 3 3-4 9, Mychal Hutcherson 1 2-2 4, Josh Monagle 9 1-2 19, Kyle Huntsman 0 2-4 2, David Jones 0 1-2 1, Ryan Fagerstrom 0 0-0 0, Adam Nelson 4 0-0 9. Totals: 23 13-18 64.

LATHROP 23 16 21 14 - 74

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 15 10 22 17 - 64

3-point goals - Lathrop 5 (Titus 2, Hall 1, Blackburn 1, Lohrenz 1), Juneau-Douglas 5 (Heumann 3, Cooper 1, Nelson 1). Fouled out - Lathrop 1 (Blackburn), Juneau-Douglas 0. Technical fouls - Lathrop 1 (bench/assistant coach), Juneau-Douglas 0. Total fouls - Lathrop 15, Juneau-Douglas 16.

MALEMUTES 66, CRIMSON BEARS 51

Friday's boys boxscore from JDHS

LATHROP (66) - Shawn Fletcher 1 2-4 4, Shea Frazee 0 1-2 1, Derrick Hall 5 2-4 13, Willie Blackburn 1 4-4 7, Brock Graziadei 0 0-0 0, Mike Titus 5 1-2 12, Rolondo Dominique 0 1-4 1, Chuck Quint 1 0-0 2, Brian Chilcott 3 0-0 8, Josh Lohrenz 4 0-1 8, Matt Fisher 3 0-3 6, Stefan Sele 1 0-0 2, John Thies 1 0-0 2. Totals: 25 11-24 66.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (51) - Larry Cooper 1 0-0 2, Norman Zura 0 0-0 0, Scott Lesh 0 0-0 0, Tom Derbesy 1 0-0 2, Tres Saldivar 0 2-3 2, Luke Miller 1 0-0 2, Clae Baker 0 0-0 0, Rob Carte 2 1-4 6, Mychal Hutcherson 2 1-2 5, Josh Monagle 5 6-7 16, Kyle Huntsman 3 2-2 9, David Jones 3 1-2 7, Ryan Fagerstrom 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 13-20 51.

LATHROP 12 18 20 16 - 66

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 12 13 12 14 - 51

3-point goals - Lathrop 5 (Chilcott 2, Hall 1, Blackburn 1, Titus 1), Juneau-Douglas 2 (Carte 1, Huntsman 1). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - Lathrop 1 (Lohrenz 1), Juneau-Douglas 0. Total fouls - Lathrop 17, Juneau-Douglas 21.



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