Kings upset Crimson Bear boys; Juneau salvages split

Kayhi stuns Juneau with one-point win Friday; Bears come back, give Kings drubbing Saturday

Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2003

Calin Bjur hit a free throw with no time left on the clock to lead the Ketchikan Kings to a 63-62 upset victory over the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team on Friday.

On Saturday, the Crimson Bears bounced back to beat the Kings 82-64 to earn a split of the Region V-Class 4A series at Ketchikan High School's Clarke Cochrane Gym.

Friday's victory was Ketchikan's first over Juneau since a 71-70 victory in overtime on March 4, 2000 in Ketchikan, a span of nine games.

"I'm pleased we responded to the challenge," Juneau coach George Houston said by phone after Saturday's victory. "We didn't want to come out of here with a split, but I'm happy with how we responded.

"They're a good club," Houston said of Ketchikan. "They've got some depth this year and they've got some good players. We did everything we could to prepare, but we didn't execute last night. I'm disappointed about the split, but from a positive standpoint I like the way we responded."

In Friday's game, Juneau (7-4 overall, 1-1 region) trailed for most of the game but rallied to take a five-point lead with about one minute left. Bjur hit a 3-pointer with about 15 seconds in the game to tie the score, and Juneau's Sterling Henderson turned the ball over on the next play when he was called for a charging foul while driving to the basket.

Ketchikan (4-8 overall, 2-2 region) had time to get off a shot on its end of the court before time expired, but the shot was offline and kicked out for a long rebound. Bjur grabbed the rebound and was fouled by Juneau's Bryan Hamey as time expired. He made the first of his two free-throw shots to give Ketchikan the victory, and didn't need to take his second shot.

The Kings jumped out to an early lead on Friday, taking a 17-8 advantage at the end of first quarter and holding off a couple of Juneau runs in the second and third quarters to regain a pair of six-point leads at both quarter breaks - 33-27 at halftime and 50-44 at the end of the third quarter.

Juneau finally took a 56-55 lead midway through the fourth quarter - after a flurry of five 3-pointers by Alex Heumann and Henderson. It was the Crimson Bears' first lead since the start of the game.

"We got up about five with a minute-and-a-half to go, but we missed some free throws and they capitalized on it," Houston said. "We missed the front-end of a one-and-one, and they came down and hit a 3-pointer to tie it."

Bjur scored 17 points to lead the Kings, while Brendan Mix added 15 points, Nate Norton scored 11 and Tyler Richardson had nine points for Ketchikan.

Henderson led Juneau with 18 points, while Heumann scored 14 points, Hamey added 12 and the duo of David Jones and Byron Wild chipped in eight points each for the Crimson Bears. Juneau hit eight 3-pointers, with Heumann making four of them and Henderson three. Joe Ayers was held scoreless on Friday, but he had seven assists and only one turnover.

Ketchikan's last victory over Juneau, in March 2000, also ended a nine-game Crimson Bear winning streak over the Kings. It also featured some last-second fireworks in both regulation as Kenny Terpsma hit a shot from just inside the half-court line and in overtime as Alex Pahang won it with a length-of-the-court drive and layup.

On Saturday, Ketchikan took an early 7-4 lead before Ayers tied it with a 3-pointer, and then Heumann scored to put Juneau on top. The Crimson Bears led 16-11 at the end of the first quarter and the game was still close, 31-26, before Juneau went on a 9-0 run over the last 2 1/2 minutes of the half to take a 40-26 lead at the break.

Juneau kept control of the game from there, leading 57-41 at the end of the third quarter and building a 20-point advantage early in the fourth quarter. Ketchikan had one final run to close the margin to 12 points, 73-61, but Juneau was able to counter and hold on for the victory.

Heumann scored 19 points to lead the Crimson Bears, while Ayers added 18 points. Henderson scored 16 points and Wild added 14 to give Juneau four players in double-figure scoring.

"Joe was much more aggressive offensively tonight," Houston said of Ayers. "He had a good game on Friday getting other people involved, but tonight he looked to score more. I think that's a career-high for him."

Bjur scored 26 points to lead Ketchikan, while Richardson was the only other double-figure scorer for the Kings with 14 points.

In junior varsity action on Friday, Thomas Derbesy scored 20 points while Tres Saldivar and Josh Monagle added 11 each as the Juneau JV claimed a 72-57 victory over Ketchikan. John Stewart and Charles Altman scored 13 points each to lead the Ketchikan JV. In Saturday's JV game, Monagle scored 16 points and Saldivar added 11 as the Crimson Bears claimed a 59-49 victory. Stewart led the Kings with 13 points.

In C team action on Friday, Mike Jepsen scored 22 points and Corey Howe added 17 as the Ketchikan C team knocked off Juneau 82-44. Pat Kohan led the Juneau C team with 13 points and Jared Worley added eight points. The Crimson Bears C team won the rematch 65-62 on Saturday as Kohan scored 18 points and Luke Miller added 14. Jepsen led the Kings with 19 points.

This weekend, Juneau hosts its homecoming games as the Sitka Wolves come to town for varsity games at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the JDHS main gym. The Juneau girls also will host homecoming games this weekend, as the Crimson Bears play the Ketchikan Kings at 6 p.m. both nights.

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

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL

CRIMSON BEARS 82, KINGS 64

Saturday's boys boxscore from Ketchikan High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (82) - Larry Cooper 2 0-0 5, Joe Ayers 6 4-5 18, Thomas Derbesy 0 0-0 0, Tres Saldivar 0 0-0 0, Luke Miller 0 0-0 0, Sterling Henderson 4 2-5 16, Alex Heumann 6 3-4 19, Bryan Hamey 1 2-2 4, Kyle Huntsman 0 0-0 0, David Jones 0 0-0 0, Byron Wild 5 4-6 14, Kolt Garvey 1 0-0 2, Josh Monagle 1 4-4 6, Adam Nelson 2 0-0 4. Totals: 30 19-26 82.

KETCHIKAN (64) - Brendan Mix 2 0-0 5, Anders Farstad 2 0-0 4, Derek Clark 0 0-0 0, Casey Bass 2 0-0 4, Josh Henrick 0 0-0 0, Bob Boyd 2 0-2 4, William Montgomery 2 0-0 5, Johnny Stewart 0 0-0 0, Calin Bjur 9 8-9 26, Andrew Kolanko 0 0-0 0, Nate Norton 1 0-2 2, Charles Altman 0 0-0 0, Tyler Richardson 6 2-2 14. Totals: 27 10-15 64.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 16 24 17 25 - 82

KETCHIKAN 11 15 15 23 - 64

3-point goals - Juneau-Douglas 5 (Heumann 2, Ayers 2, Cooper 1), Ketchikan 2 (Mix 1, Montgomery 1). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Juneau-Douglas 19, Ketchikan 20.

KINGS 63, CRIMSON BEARS 62

Friday's boys boxscore from Ketchikan High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (62) - Larry Cooper 0 0-0 0, Joe Ayers 0 0-1 0, Thomas Derbesy 0 0-0 0, Tres Saldivar 0 0-0 0, Luke Miller 0 0-0 0, Sterling Henderson 7 1-2 18, Alex Heumann 5 0-0 14, Bryan Hamey 4 3-5 12, Kyle Huntsman 0 0-0 0, David Jones 4 0-0 8, Byron Wild 1 6-9 8, Kolt Garvey 0 0-0 0, Josh Monagle 0 0-0 0, Adam Nelson 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22 10-17 62.

KETCHIKAN (63) - Brendan Mix 6 1-1 15, Anders Farstad 1 2-2 4, Derek Clark 0 0-0 0, Casey Bass 0 0-0 0, Josh Henrick 0 0-0 0, William Montgomery 1 4-4 7, Josh Steward 0 0-0 0, Calin Bjur 5 6-9 17, Andrew Kolanko 0 0-0 0, Nate Norton 5 1-2 11, Charles Altman 0 0-0 0, Tyler Richardson 3 3-4 9. Totals: 21 17-22 63.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 8 19 17 18 - 62

KETCHIKAN 17 16 17 13 - 63

3-point goals - Juneau-Douglas 8 (Heumann 4, Henderson 3, Hamey 1), Ketchikan 4 (Mix 2, Bjur 1, Montgomery 1). Fouled out - Juneau-Douglas 2 (Hamey, Wild), Ketchikan 1 (Bass). Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Juneau-Douglas 21, Ketchikan 19.



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