The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team may have gotten into Fairbanks late on Thursday, but it still managed to kick off the roadtrip with a win.
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The Crimson Bears won their sixth straight contest with a 56-39 victory over West Valley.
"We were a little sluggish in the beginning of the game and missed some shots that we normally wouldn't," JDHS coach Steve Potter said. "It gave them some confidence."
JDHS led 25-12 at halftime but the Wolfpack rallied to cut the lead to eight points after three quarters.
The Bears buckled down, however. to put the game away.
"We didn't come out to put them away like we should've," Potter said. "They shifted their zone just a hair and I think we didn't communicate what our read was on the floor. But we certainly kept playing hard, kept the pressure up and ran the floor hard the entire time."
Senior center Will Egolf posted a game-high 26 points in the win. Dominique Brinson, Clae Baker and Faifo Levale chipped in seven points each for JDHS (11-2).
"Every time (Egolf) tried to cut across, they had guys dedicated to banging him," Potter said. "They were making sure they chucked the cutter. He did a good job of keeping his head and followed some shots."
Andy Musgrove led West Valley with 16 points.
JDHS will take on North Pole at 6 p.m. tonight before concluding its roadtrip at 3 p.m. Saturday against Lathrop.
Juneau-Douglas 56, West Valley 39
JDHS 10 15 11 20 - 56
WVHS 8 4 16 11 - 39
JD (56) - Egolf 26, Brinson 7, Baker 7, Levale 7, Larson 5, Gross 2, Craig 1, Clark 1.
WV - Musgrove 16, Lundgrin 6, Eastman 4, Gonolio 3, Sommer 2, Aamot 2, Webb 2, Wisel 2, Howe 2
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