The Sitka High School boys basketball team got to ring its victory bell twice this weekend after the Wolves opened their Region V-Class 4A season with a pair of big victories Friday and Saturday over the undermanned Ketchikan Kings at Sitka High School.
The Wolves won Friday's game 66-53 and took Saturday's game 44-39 against a Ketchikan team that was missing starters Tyler Richardson and Casey Bass plus reserve Charles Altman. Sitka also was missing a key starter in Andrew Broschat.
In Friday's game, Sitka (5-10 overall, 2-0 region) jumped out to a 22-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.
George Wathen, who recently changed his name from George Howard, scored 17 points to lead the Wolves. E.B. Crow added 12 points for Sitka, while Mitch Hawk chipped in 11 and Carrington Gorman scored 10.
Nate Norton scored 28 points to lead Ketchikan, including all 14 of his team's points in the third quarter. Derek Clark added nine points for the Kings (6-7 overall, 0-2 region).
On Saturday, Sitka's Tyler McCarty scored eight of his team-high 14 points in the third quarter as the Wolves rallied from a 21-18 halftime deficit to take a 29-27 lead into the fourth quarter. Hawk added 11 points and Crow scored eight for Sitka, which made nine of its 12 free-throw attempts in the final period to close out the victory.
Michael Meacock and Norton scored 10 points each to lead Ketchikan, while Jesse LeBeau scored nine.
Sitka hosts Juneau-Douglas in a pair of region games on Friday and Saturday, while Ketchikan will host its annual First City Prep Shootout basketball tournament on Thursday through Saturday.
Metlakatla boys sweep Haines
Chris Bryant scored 27 points each night to lead the No. 3 Metlakatla boys basketball team to a two-game Region V-Class 3A series sweep over the Haines Glacier Bears, with the Chiefs winning 93-57 on Friday and 75-57 on Saturday in Haines.
In Friday's game, Beau Hayward scored 11 of his 17 points in the second quarter as Metlakatla broke open the game, outscoring Haines 31-14 in the period for a 50-28 halftime lead. Shane Martinez added 18 points for the Chiefs (13-1 overall, 8-0 region) and every varsity player scored at least two points.
Eric Stickler scored 15 points to lead Haines, while Daniel Stickler added 13 points and Chad Stigen had 10 for the Glacier Bears (5-5 overall, 1-5 region).
On Saturday, Martinez scored 14 points in the second quarter as Metlakatla rallied from a 12-10 first-quarter deficit to take a 42-30 halftime lead. Hayward added 12 points for the Chiefs, while Bryant scored 19 of his points in the second half..
Stigen scored 20 points to lead Haines, while Daniel Stickler scored 12 and Bryon Combs hit three 3-pointers and had 11 points.
Petersburg boys sweep Wrangell
Five Petersburg players scored in double figures on Saturday night to help the Viking boys complete a two-game Region V-Class 3A sweep of Wrangell on homecoming weekend in Petersburg.
Sam Jensen scored 16 points, Jon Randrup added 13 and Kyle Skinner, Jeb Phillips and Kalen Williams each chipped in 12 points to lead the Vikings (8-3 overall, 5-3 region) to an 82-56 victory on Saturday. Dwight Yancey scored 21 points to lead Wrangell (2-13 overall, 1-9 region), while Gregg Wilson chipped in 12.
On Friday night, Skinner led all scorers with 25 points - including five 3-pointers - and Randrup added 16 as the Vikings won 67-51. Yancey led the Wolves with 18 points, while Gordon McCloskey netted 13 and Wilson scored 10.
Hoonah boys sweep Klawock
The Hoonah boys basketball team claimed a two-game Region V-Class 2A sweep over the Klawock Chieftains, with the Braves winning 64-41 on Friday and 60-56 on Saturday in Hoonah.
The Braves (4-1 overall and 4-0 region) were led on Friday by Devin Moritz with 19 points, while Dustin Bowen added 17 and Brion Mills scored 10 for Hoonah. Travis Macasaet scored 18 points to lead Klawock (0-4 overall and region) and Jared Williams had 16 points for the Chieftains, who only have six players and were playing their first games of the season (Klawock forfeited two games to Skagway last week).
In Saturday's rematch, Hoonah featured 23 points from Bowen and Josh Dybdahl scored nine for the Braves. Bradley Kato scored 22 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, to lead Klawock, while Macasaet added 14, Rocky MacKinnon had 11 and Williams scored nine.
Kake boys sweep Angoon
Derek Knudsen scored 55 points over the two games to lead the Kake boys basketball team to a midweek Region V-Class 2A series sweep over the Angoon Eagles last week in Kake. Knudsen scored 22 points on Wednesday, Jan. 28, as the Thunderbirds won 79-68 and had 23 points on Tuesday, Jan. 27, as the T-Birds claimed a 90-74 victory.
In Wednesday's game, Tracy Jackson led Kake (4-3 overall, 4-0 region) with 25 points. Bailey Johnson scored 26 points and Stephen Johnson added 21 to lead Angoon (3-4 overall, 2-2 region), while Jay Johnson chipped in 10 points for the Eagles.
On Thursday, Tim Demmert scored 23 points, Tracy Jackson had 15 and Larry Jackson added 12 for the Thunderbirds. Loren Sands scored 23 points to lead Angoon, while Stephen Johnson had 22 points and Bailey Johnson added 18.
Yakutat boys third in Warrior Rumble
The Yakutat boys basketball team claimed third place in the Warrior Rumble tournament by beating Matanuska Christian School 62-49 in Saturday's third-place game at Nikolaevsk (a Russian Old Believer village near Homer).
On Friday, Yakutat lost to host and eventual champion Nikolaevsk 49-42. Nikolaevsk beat Homer Community Christian School 42-39 in Saturday's title game. In Friday's other first-round game, HCCS beat MCS 74-36.
In Yakutat's victory on Saturday, Kyle Dierick scored 22 points and Adam Johnson added 11 to lead the Eagles. Brian Jenkins scored 20 points to lead MCS.
On Friday, Dierick scored 21 points and Ben Dunbar had eight points to lead Yakutat. Peter Tipikin scored 17 points for Nikolaevsk.
In a non-tournament game on Monday night, Yakutat dropped a 57-46 decision to Ninilchik in Ninilchik as Connor Cooper scored 20 points to lead the Wolverines and Dierick scored 20 points to lead the Eagles (4-7 overall, 0-4 Region V-Class 2A).
On Tuesday, Yakutat fell to Cook Inlet Academy 47-35 in Soldotna. The game was tied at 14-all after the first quarter, but CIA pulled away with a 16-6 run in the second period. Blake Gabriel scored 14 points to lead CIA.
Ben Dunbar scored 14 points - including four 3-pointers - and Dierick added 11 for Yakutat.
Hydaburg boys beat Thorne Bay
The Hydaburg Warriors beat the Thorne Bay Wolverines 85-42 on Saturday. No scoring details were available. Friday night's game was postponed due to weather.
Hydaburg, the defending Class 2A state champion, is now 4-2 overall, 3-0 in Region V-Class 2A play. Thorne Bay is 1-2 overall and region.
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. Scoresheets and/or game highlights should be faxed to 1-907-586-3028 (attention sports) or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Monday so this feature and region standings can be compiled. Coaches and ADs are reminded to send in their team schedules and rosters, if they haven't already done so.