Kayhi boys fall in title game at T-Bird Classic

Kings finish 2-1 at East; Sitka boys fifth in same tournament

Posted: Wednesday, February 02, 2005

The Ketchikan High School boys basketball team came up short in the fourth quarter as the Kings lost 76-48 to East Anchorage on Saturday in the title game of the East T-Bird Classic basketball tournament.

The Kings opened the tournament Thursday with a 64-41 victory over the East junior varsity, which replaced a team that pulled out of the tourney. Then Kayhi beat the North Pole Patriots 77-65 in Friday's semifinals. Ketchikan trailed East the entire game in Saturday's finale, but the T-Birds pulled away by outscoring the Kings 27-13 in the fourth quarter.

The Sitka Wolves also took part in the tournament and finished in fifth place. Sitka beat Service 58-52 in Thursday's opening round, lost to East 92-65 in Friday's semifinals, then lost 70-52 to North Pole in Saturday's third-fifth place game.

In Thursday's opening round, the Kings (10-5 overall) were led by Jesse LeBeau's 21 points, plus they picked up 18 from Derek Clark and 10 from Thomas Montgomery. No scoring leaders were available for the East JV.

Also on Thursday, Manfred Bekeris scored 10 of Sitka's last 13 points, including the final six, and had 20 for the game as the Wolves held off a late comeback by the Cougars. Andrew Broschat added 13 points and E.B. Crow scored 12 for Sitka (7-4 overall). Alfredo Herrera scored 19 points and Sean Whitener added 12 for Service, which trailed most of the game but rallied to tie the score with two minutes left.

On Friday, Ketchikan earned a spot in the title game as LeBeau scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the streaky Kings in a game that featured wild runs by both teams. Clark added 15 points before fouling out for the Kings, while Tyler Richardson made his second appearance since being sidelined with a broken hand and scored 10 points and grabbed 14 rebounds (11 in the second half). Hugh Johnson scored 22 points to lead North Pole, which tied the game at 56-56 midway through the fourth quarter.

Ketchikan trailed by 11 points early in the game after the Patriots went on a 17-0 run over the first and second quarters. The Kings were down 39-32 at halftime, but a 15-8 run in the third quarter put Ketchikan up 52-49 entering the fourth quarter. After North Pole tied it on a 3-pointer by Chris Powell, Ketchikan went on a 9-0 run to put the game away.

"I was really proud of the kids," Ketchikan coach Doug Nausid told the Ketchikan Daily News. "They got down by 11, but they came back and executed and did the things needed to win."

In Friday's other semifinal, East took control early against Sitka and the T-Birds were never threatened. Dennis Wilson scored 20 points to lead East, with Cory Macon adding 12 and Kaylan Robinson 11. Andrew Broschat was the only Sitka scorer to reach double figures, finishing with 31 points for the Wolves.

In Satuday's title game, LeBeau led Ketchikan with 16 points and Richardson added 10. Wilson scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half to lead East, while Kyle LaPoint added 13 and Macon had 11.

In Saturday's third-fifth place game, the contest was close until the Wolves faded down the stretch. Powell scored 24 points to lead North Pole, while Jonathan Hamilton had 14 and Jordan Clark scored 13. Bekeris scored 20 points and Broschat added 10 for Sitka.

"That East game took a lot out of us," said Sitka coach Mike Blewett, whose team travels to Juneau this weekend to play the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears on Friday and Saturday. "We didn't shoot well, and we had a bad third quarter where we couldn't make any shots. We're adjusting to a new point guard because (senior Mark) Manuel is out for the rest of the year because of rules violations."

Mount Edgecumbe boys sweep Petersburg

Josh Thomas averaged 30 points a game last weekend as the Mount Edgecumbe boys swept visiting Petersburg in a pair of games involving the top two Southeast Conference-Class 3A teams.

Thomas scored 27 points as the Braves beat the Vikings 65-45 on Friday, and he poured in 33 points as Mount Edgecumbe won 84-74 on Saturday.

Tommy Stasenko added 10 points on Friday for the Braves (7-2 overall, 6-0 SE), while David Mazzella scored 10 points and Sam Jensen added nine to lead the Vikings (7-4 overall, 4-4 SE).

On Saturday, Stasenko scored 17 points and Brandon Thomas scored 15 points for Mount Edgecumbe. Josh Thomas and Stasenko each hit four 3-pointers in the game as the Braves held off a rally by the Vikings, who trailed 65-44 entering the fourth quarter.

Jensen scored 19 points, Stuart Meeks added 17 and Trevor McCay added 10 for Petersburg.

Haines, Metlakatla boys split

The Metlakatla Chiefs held the Haines Glacier Bears to just 12 points in the first half en route to claiming a 53-44 victory last Tuesday in the finale of their two-game Southeast Conference-Class 3A series early last week in Metlakatla. The victory gave the Chiefs a split of the series since Haines won 51-48 last Monday.

In Tuesday's game, Layte Hudson scored 11 points and Donald Tompkins added 10 for Metlakatla (3-8 overall, 2-4 SE). Dave Berry and James Blilie scored 14 points each to lead Haines (3-7 overall, 3-7 SE), while Nathan Narum scored 10. The Chiefs led 21-12 at halftime after holding Haines to just three points in the first quarter.

On Monday, Bryan Combs hit five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 21 points to lead Haines to its victory. Berry added 18 points for the Glacier Bears, who led 39-38 entering the fourth quarter. Clifton Guthrie and Creighton Boyd scored 17 points each to lead the Chiefs, with Guthrie hitting four 3-pointers.

Wrangell, Craig boys split

Eric Hamilton scored 34 points as the Craig boys beat host Wrangell 70-56 on Saturday to salvage a split of their Southeast-Class 3A series.

On Friday, Dwight Yancey scored 21 points as Wrangell trounced Craig 73-45.

Hamilton scored 13 field goals and was 8-for-8 from the free-throw line in Saturday's game. Alexei Gamble added 20 points for the Panthers (4-7 overall, 2-4 SE). Yancey scored 28 points and Chris Haggard added 11 for the Wolves (6-3 overall, 5-3 SE).

Haggard and Spencer Stavee scored 14 points each, and Gordon McCloskey added 11 for Wrangell in Friday's win. Phillip Pierce scored nine points, while Gamble and Mike Demmert added eight apiece for Craig.

Also last week, the Craig varsity boys beat the visiting Kake boys. No scoring details were available.

Yakutat boys sweep Klawock

Ben Dunbar scored 24 points, including six 3-pointers, as the Yakutat boys trounced visiting Klawock 83-34 on Saturday to complete a sweep of their Southeast-Class 2A series.

On Friday, Kyle Dierick and Doug Ross each scored 16 points as the Eagles beat the Chieftains 82-25.

Yakutat (9-5 overall, 7-1 SE) got a balanced scoring effort to back up Dunbar in Saturday's game, as Alin Vale scored 11 points and Dierick, Jay Sin, Sam Ferguson and Jack Klushkan each added 10 points. Rock Mackinnon scored 10 points to lead Klawock (0-6 overall, 0-6 SE).

Keith Ivers scored nine points, and Ferguson, Klushkan and Willie Henry added eight apiece for the Eagles on Friday, when they took a 56-8 lead at halftime. Rafael Ramirez scored eight points to lead the Chieftains.

Angoon, Thorne Bay boys split

John Croasman scored 15 points as the Angoon boys beat host Thorne Bay 42-20 on Friday for a split of their Southeast-Class 2A series.

Ryan Gray scored 16 points to lead the Wolverines over the Eagles 48-35 in Thursday's opener.

On Friday, Adam Johnson chipped in 10 points for Angoon (5-5 overall, 3-5 SE). Matt Steele scored eight points to lead Thorne Bay (3-8 overall, 3-5 SE).

Steele and Gerald Carl chipped in 11 points apiece on Thursday as the Wolverines took a 28-11 halftime lead and held on for the victory. Cris Kookesh scored 15 points and Johnson added 11 for the Eagles.

Angoon boys sweep Klawock

Adam Johnson scored 53 points over two games as the Angoon boys swept host Klawock last week in a Southeast-Class 2A series.

Johnson and Cris Kookesh scored 22 points apiece on Jan. 25 as the Eagles routed the Chieftains 75-24. On Jan. 26, Johnson poured in 31 points - all in the first three quarters - as Angoon won 53-22.

John Croasman scored 11 points and Andrew Jack added nine points for Angoon (5-5 overall,3-5 SE) on Jan. 25. Rock Mackinnon scored six points and Roberto Medina added five for Klawock (0-6 overall, 0-6 SE).

On Jan. 26, Norman Joseph added seven points for the Eagles, while Mackinnon scored 10 points to lead the Chieftains.

Kake, Skagway boys games postponed

Last weekend's Southeast-Class 2A series pitting Skagway against host Kake was postponed because heavy snow and wind canceled Skagway's flight. The schools were working to reschedule the series.

Also last week, the Kake boys (5-5 overall, 5-1 SE) were beaten by Class 3A Craig in a non-conference game. No scoring details were available. Skagway's record remains 0-7 overall, 0-4 SE.

• The Juneau Empire's weekly Southeast Hoops Roundup feature is compiled by Charles Bingham and Andrew Krueger from results sent to the Empire by school athletic directors and team coaches, along with regional media reports. Scoresheets and/or game highlights should be faxed to 1-907-586-3028 (attention sports) or e-mailed to sports@juneauempire.com by noon on Monday so this feature and region standings can be compiled. For more information, call the Empire sports desk at 1-907-586-3740.

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