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Juneau-Douglas boys split on the road

Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2008

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team learned from its errors Saturday to secure a key split in Ketchikan.

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Hall Anderson / Ketchikan Daily News
Hall Anderson / Ketchikan Daily News

The Crimson Bears (7-9, 1-1 Southeast) defeated the Kings, ranked second in the latest Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball poll, 66-56 on Saturday. On Friday, JDHS fell 62-59 to the Kings.

"It was nice to see smiles in the locker room after the game," JDHS coach Steve Potter said.

After hoisting 33 3-point shots in Friday's loss, JDHS exhibited more restraint on Saturday. The Bears scored more inside as junior Eric Gross had 20 points. Dominique Brinson led the team with 21 points.

"We were patient on offense and we made Ketchikan play some defense," Potter said.

Ketchikan's Damen Bell-Holter scored a game-high 28 points, but Potter said he was pleased with how his team defended the versatile 6-foot-9 senior.

"We just made him work for everything," Potter said. "I was really proud of how our guys played defense.

"Guys were doing their part. No one was trying to be the hero, but guys did the work."

Defensively, Potter said his team had to break some of its long-standing rules of defense against the Kings.

Instead of just playing straight up man-to-man, Potter had players who were off the ball pay some attention to Bell-Holter.

"Our rules are fairly ingrained and it's hard to go against our nature," Potter said. "Basically every time if you weren't guarding the ball, it was (guard) half your man and half Bell-Holter."

Offensively for JDHS, Ryan "Bubba" Larson added 11 points in the win while Faifo Levale scored four points and Brian Lauth had two points off the bench.

"This was probably his best game start to finish," Potter said of Larson. "He played the way we need him to play."

On Friday, Juneau-Douglas started the game on fire from outside. JDHS couldn't maintain its shooting stroke, however, as Ketchikan battled to a three-point win.

The Bears surged to a 23-14 first-quarter lead after making six of seven 3-point shots. JDHS cooled off considerably, however, and made just three of 26 from beyond the 3-point arc after the first eight minutes.

"That was a game we shot the lights out in the first quarter and then couldn't get away from it," Potter said. "We lived by it early and died a slow death as we kept coming out and shooting the 3, play defense for a long time, then shoot another 3."

Bell-Holter enjoyed a mammoth performance as he poured in 35 points.

Ketchikan (15-2, 3-1) rallied to take a 34-33 halftime and held on to snap a nine-game losing skid to their conference rivals.

Shawn Ibesate scored a team-high 16 points with four 3-pointers for JDHS while Brinson added 10 points. Gross chipped in eight points in the loss. Eleven of the 14 JDHS players who got on the floor scored Friday as Erick Waters and Lauth each scored two points.

For Kayhi, 6-foot-5 junior Simeon Schum scored 10 points while Corey White added eight points and Gunnar Farstad scored six points.

JDHS next plays Feb. 16-17 at Sitka.

SATURDAY'S GAME

Juneau-Douglas 66, Ketchikan 56

JDHS 10 14 20 22 - 66

Ketchikan 7 16 12 21 - 56

JDHS (66)-Brinson 15 6-8 21, Ibesate 3 5-10 8, Larson 11 0-0 11, Lauth 2 0-0 2, Gross 16 4-8 20, Levale 4 0-0 0, Waters 0 0-0 0, Grussendorf 0 0-0 0, Fenumiai 0 0-0 0.

Ketchikan (56)-Farstad 7 6-6 13, Scudero 2 0-0 2, White 8 1-2 9, Bell-Holter 25 3-6 28, Schum 4 0-0 4, Manabat 0 0-0 0, Pihl 0 0-0 0, Craig 0 0-0 0.

FRIDAY'S GAME

Ketchikan 62, Juneau-Douglas 59

JDHS 23 10 13 13 - 59

Ketchikan 14 20 19 9 - 62

JDHS (59)-Brinson 8 2-4 10, Waters 2 0-0 2, Saviers 2 0-0 2, Grussendorf 6 0-2 6, Ibesate 14 2-2 16, Larson 6 0-0 6, Lauth 2 0-0 2, Gross 6 2-4 8, Bavard 3 0-0 3, Levale 2 2-3 4.

Ketchikan (62)-Farstad 6 0-0 6, Pihl 0 1-2 1, White 6 4-6 10, Bell-Holter 28 7-11 35, Schum 10 0-1 10, Manabat 0 0-0 0, Craig 0 0-0 0.

• Contact sports editor Tim Nichols at 523-2228 or sports@juneauempire.com.



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