Juneau boys sweep two games in Sitka

Monagle's slam highlights Saturday's victory

Posted: Monday, February 04, 2002

The Juneau-Douglas boys basketball team took another step towards its goal of reclaiming the Region V-Class 4A championship with a sweep of the Sitka Wolves on Friday and Saturday in Sitka.

The Crimson Bears opened the two-game set with a dominating 72-49 victory on Friday and followed it up with a 75-58 drubbing the next night.

The wins give the second-ranked Crimson Bears (10-1 overall, 4-0 region) a commanding two-game lead in the Southeast standings over Ketchikan (8-4, 2-2 region), while last year's champion Sitka (7-8, 0-4) remained winless in league games. The Junior Varsity and the C team also swept the weekend.

Juneau was looking for some payback after the Wolves ended Juneau's season last year with a 63-57 victory the Region V-Class 4A championship game March 17 at Sitka's Mount Edgecumbe High School.

The Bears wasted little time seeking their revenge by jumping out to a 27-5 first quarter lead behind Juneau's patented pressure defense and nine points from Junior Cumlat.

"They (the Crimson Bears) came out strong," Juneau head coach George Houston said. "Our defense made it really tough for them."

Juneau kept it's lead throughout the rest of the game and led by as many as 28 points in the third quarter before the Wolves made a slight run in the fourth quarter. However, the Bears were never in real trouble.

Cumlat finished the game with 15 points, shooting 67 percent from the field, and added four assists. Curtis Lane hit two 3-pointers and finished with 13 points and Sterling Henderson and Jake Miller each added 11 the lead the Bears.

"Junior did a good job of controlling the ball," Houston said. "His steals came to him as a result of his pressure, rather than trying to get the steals."

Sitka's Colin Kambak lead all scorers with 17 points while teammates Cody Campbell scored 10 and Karel Uddipa added seven.

Juneau's season-leading scorer Ryan Monagle took just two shots the entire game and finished with four points, but Monagle came alive with an exclamation mark in Saturday's game.

He scored a career-high 21 points, shooting 9-for-12, on Saturday to lead the Crimson Bears to their 10th win on the season.

Juneau again led from the start and Lane was at his best early, hitting three 3-pointers as the Bears led 21-12 after the first quarter.

Monagle broke out in the second quarter with eight points and added eight more in the third quarter, but it was his last two points early in the fourth quarter that made the most impact.

With the Bears ahead 64-37, Cumlat got a steal and found Monagle streaking down the middle of the court to the basket. With a Sitka defender at his side, Monagle went up and jammed it home, sending the Juneau bench into a frenzy.

The Sitka players were stunned and Houston was forced to call a time-out just to calm down the Crimson Bears.

"Literally, the game stopped when Ryan dunked," Houston said. "It happened really quick, the kids erupted because they saw it coming. The crowd erupted and they (Sitka) ceased to become a factor. The Sitka players didn't know what to do. They just stood there and I called time-out to calm us down."

With a 29-point lead, Monagle's work was done for the night and he didn't play the rest of the game. On top of his career-high scoring effort, he added seven rebounds and three assists and only committed one turnover and no personal fouls.

"Ryan struggled in the first game, but came alive in the second," Houston said. "He was stuck on 17 as a career high and Saturday he got 21 and a dunk in the game. In last two or three years since Boozer left, we've had a total of about two dunks. It's a big deal. It picks us up and demoralizes the other team."

Cumlat and Lane both scored 11 points and Cumlat added seven assists while Bryan Hamey had another good game off the bench with 10. Sterling Henderson came up just shy of his second straight double-digit scoring night with nine points and Byron Wild had a team-high 10 rebounds.

The Bears suffered their first significant injury of the season when Joe Ayers suffered a broken nose. According to Houston, the break was not very serious and Ayers will most likely be fitted with a face mask until the injury heals.

"One of the positives this weekend was Sterling Henderson's game play," Houston said. "He played better and with a little more confidence, especially with Ayers out of the game."

Karl Stedman led the Wolves in scoring with 15. while Kambak scored nine and Campbell added eight points.

Juneau will end its current 10-game road trip with three games in Fairbanks against North Pole, West Valley and Lathrop on Wednesday through Friday, before facing third-ranked Wasilla in Wasilla on Saturday in an Alaska School Activities Association endowment game.

Jeff Kasper can be reached at jkasper@juneauempire.com.

CRIMSON BEARS 75, WOLVES 58

Saturday's boys varsity game at Sitka High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (75) -- Junior Cumlat 5 0-1 11, Joe Ayers 1 0-0 2, Ryan Monagle 9 3-4 21, Curtis Lane 4 0-0 11, Sterling Henderson 4 0-0 9, Alex Heumann 0 0-0 0, Nik Hura 0 0-1 0, Bryan Hamey 4 1-3 10, Craig Kitka 1 0-1 2, Josh Laramie 0 0-1 0, Byron Wild 2 0-0 4, Jake Miller 1 0-0 2, Ray Zimmer 0 0-0 0, Tommy Derbesy 0 0-0 0, Adam Nelson 0 1-2 1, David Jones 1 0-0 2. Totals: 32 5-13 75.

SITKA (58) -- Colin Kanbak 4 1-1 9, Elgin Hollins 1 0-0 2, Tristan Hanson 0 4-4 4, Karel Uddipa 2 2-3 4, Cody Campbell 3 2-4 8, Travis Bradshaw 0 1-2 1, Ryan Robidou 2 2-2 6, Mitch Hawk 0 2-2 2, Dennis Houston 0 1-2 1, George Howard 0 0-0 0, Dalton Bergman 0 4-4 4, Antwan Wilmount 1 0-1 2, Anthony Haskins 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 25-34 58.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 21 18 21 15 -- 75

SITKA 12 8 15 23 -- 58

3-point goals -- Juneau-Douglas 6 (Lane 3, Cumlat 1, Henderson 1, Hamey 1), Sitka 1 (Stedman 1). Fouled out -- None. Technical fouls -- None. Total fouls -- Juneau-Douglas 24, Sitka 17.

CRIMSON BEARS 72, WOLVES 49

Friday's boys varsity game at Sitka High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (72) -- Junior Cumlat 4 6-6 15, Joe Ayers 2 0-0 5, Ryan Monagle 1 2-4 4, Curtis Lane 5 1-2 13, Sterling Henderson 5 1-2 11, Alex Heumann 0 0-0 0, Nik Hura 0 0-0 0, Bryan Hamey 0 4-4 4, Craig Kitka 1 2-6 4, Josh Laramie 0 0-0 0, Byron Wild 1 3-5 5, Jake Miller 3 5-5 11, Ray Zimmer 0 0-0 0, Tommy Derbesy 0 0-0 0, David Jones 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 24-34 72.

SITKA (49) -- Colin Kanbak 6 5-7 17, Elgin Hollins 0 4-4 4, Tristan Hanson 0 0-0 0, Karel Uddipa 2 3-4 7, Cody Campbell 4 2-3 10, Travis Bradshaw 0 0-0 0, Ryan Robidou 1 0-4 2, Mitch Hawk 0 0-0 0, Andrew Broschat 0 0-0 0, Dennis Houston 0 0-0 0, George Howard 0 0-0 0, Dalton Bergman 1 1-2 3, Anthony Haskins 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 17-26 49.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 27 15 12 18 -- 72

SITKA 5 12 11 21 -- 49

3-point goals -- Juneau-Douglas 4 (Lane 2, Cumlat 1, Ayers 1), Sitka 0. Fouled out -- Juneau-Douglas 1 (Monagle), Sitka 1 (Stedman). Technical fouls -- None. Total fouls -- Juneau-Douglas 24, Sitka 25.



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