Juneau takes 2nd in tourney

Posted: Sunday, February 04, 2001

The Juneau-Douglas boys basketball team took second place in the Palmer Elks Club Showdown, closing out the tournament with a pair of victories as the Crimson Bears beat the host Palmer Moose 81-73 on Friday and the Homer Mariners 83-52 on Saturday.

The Chugiak Mustangs ended up winning the tournament title on a tie-breaker, despite losing to Palmer 63-62 in Saturday's other boys game as Palmer's Zac Forsyth hit a game-winning free throw with 0.9 seconds left to play.

Palmer, Chugiak and Juneau (which lost to Chugiak 65-63 on Thursday) all finished the round-robin tournament with 2-1 records. But the Mustangs had the fewest points allowed (182) to win the title. Juneau allowed 190 points and Palmer, which missed several free throws down the stretch against Chugiak, allowed 203 points. Homer went 0-3 in the tourney to take last place.

Juneau's James Severin was named to the five-player offensive all-tournament team and Ryan Monagle was on the defensive all-tourney squad.

The Crimson Bears (9-6 overall) played probably their most complete game of the season in beating Palmer on Friday. Juneau coach George Houston said there were a couple of minor lapses in the third quarter of the Homer game Saturday, but the Crimson Bears were able to recover and close out the tournament with a 32-point victory.

"I told the kids after the game, if they learned nothing else during this tournament they learned how hard we have to play if we expect to win," Houston said. "We need to play with the kind of effort and consistency we had in the last quarter-and-a-half against Chugiak, when we made our run, and like we did all game against Palmer."

In the Palmer game, both teams came out firing and rarely missed. Palmer shot 83 percent from the field for the first quarter, while Juneau was in the upper 60s, Houston said. He said Palmer cooled off a little bit toward the end of the game, finishing at 54 percent from the field. But Juneau stayed hot and hit 69 percent of its shots for the game, including 11 3-pointers.

"I've never seen two teams come out and shoot like that," Houston said of the first quarter, which ended with Juneau holding a 25-23 lead. "We knew we had to keep working defensively, and it's not like we weren't contesting anything. They just hit a lot of shots."

Juneau and Palmer stayed close to each other for most of the game, with neither team leading by more than five points until the fourth quarter when Juneau's depth wore Palmer down. Two of Palmer's key players -- Zac Pettit, who led the Moose with 24 points, and C.J. Hooker, who added 14 -- both fouled out in the fourth quarter. Still, Palmer closed the lead to one point with a minute left before Juneau made several free throws down the stretch to make it an eight-point margin.

Curtis Lane scored 22 points Friday to lead Juneau, while Severin added 19 and Monagle scored 10 points for the Crimson Bears, who made 10 of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter. Besides the 38 combined points it got from Pettit and Hooker, Palmer (8-7 overall) also picked up 14 points from Adam Nielson and 10 from Zac Forsyth.

In Saturday's game, Juneau jumped out to a 16-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and extended the lead to 38-24 at halftime. But Homer opened the second half with a brief run that closed the margin to single digits before Juneau regained control of the game. Juneau led by 15, 55-40, entering the final quarter and closed out the game with a 28-12 run.

The Crimson Bears got scoring from everybody who played Saturday, with Severin scoring a team-high 17 points followed by 10 points each from Lane, Monagle and Jon Carlo Malacas and nine from Joe Ayers. Corey Boone scored 18 points to lead Homer (2-7 overall), while Neal Kuipers added 16 for the Mariners.

CRIMSON BEARS 83, MARINERS 52

Saturday's boys boxscore from the Palmer Elks Club Showdown at Palmer High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (83) -- Joseph Ayers 2 5-7 9, Jon Carlo Malacas 4 2-2 10, Ryan Monagle 5 0-0 10, Julius Cumlat 1 0-0 2, Curtis Lane 3 2-2 10, Craig Kitka 2 2-2 6, Sterling Henderson 0 2-2 2, Leon Bus 2 1-2 5, Clay Brown 1 2-2 4, Bryan Hamey 0 3-4 3, Jacob Miller 0 2-4 2, James Severin 7 3-7 17, Byron Wild 1 1-2 3. Totals: 28 25-36 83.

HOMER (52) -- Neal Kuipers 5 4-4 16, Matt Mahan 0 0-0 0, Skylar Burns 1 1-1 3, Blake Glanville 0 0-0 0, Corey Boone 5 6-8 18, Steve Stead 2 0-2 4, Royce Holm 4 1-3 9, Joe Todd 0 0-0 0, Colby Kincaid 0 0-0 0, Jake Szajkowski 1 0-0 2, Jason Chambers 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 12-18 52.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 16 22 17 28 -- 83

HOMER 9 15 16 12 -- 52

3-point goals -- Juneau-Douglas 2 (Lane 2), Homer 4 (Kuipers 2, Boone 2). Fouled out -- Juneau-Douglas 1 (Lane), Homer 1 (Szajkowski). Technical fouls -- None. Total fouls -- Juneau-Douglas 21, Homer 23.

CRIMSON BEARS 81, MOOSE 73

Friday's boys boxscore from the Palmer Elks Club Showdown at Palmer High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (81) -- Joseph Ayers 1 0-0 2, Jon Carlo Malacas 2 0-0 6, Ryan Monagle 5 0-0 10, Julius Cumlat 3 2-3 8, Curtis Lane 7 4-5 22, Craig Kitka 0 0-0 0, Sterling Henderson 0 0-0 0, Leon Bus 1 0-0 2, Clay Brown 1 2-2 5, Bryan Hamey 0 0-0 0, Jacob Miller 3 0-1 6, James Severin 4 7-8 19, Byron Wild 0 1-2 1. Totals: 27 16-21 81.

PALMER (73) -- Scott Wells 0 0-0 0, Travis Rapp 2 0-0 4, Zac Forsyth 4 2-3 10, Zac Pettit 9 2-4 24, Alex Hill 1 1-2 3, Keith Perkins 2 0-0 4, C.J. Hooker 5 4-7 14, Adam Nielson 6 1-1 14, Brent Bryant 0 0-0 0, Luke Chapman 0 0-0 0. Totals: 29 10-17 73.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 25 15 21 20 -- 81

PALMER 23 18 18 14 -- 73

3-point goals -- Juneau-Douglas 11 (Lane 4, Severin 4, Malacas 2, Brown 1), Palmer 5 (Pettit 4, Nielson 1). Fouled out -- Juneau-Douglas 0, Palmer 2 (Pettit, Hooker). Technical fouls -- None. Total fouls -- Juneau-Douglas 18, Palmer 19.



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