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Tromble leads boys in sweep of Patriots

Posted: Sunday, February 06, 2000

Some time ago, in a loss to the Wasilla Warriors, Evan Tromble couldn't hit a shot to save his life. The leading scorer of the Juneau-Douglas boys basketball team shot 0-for-10 in that frustrating loss, and shot no free throws.

This weekend, hosting the North Pole Patriots, Tromble -- and his teammates -- couldn't miss as Juneau swept North Pole by scores of 84-74 and 69-45.

Hitting shots from under the net, the baseline, the free-throw line and 3-point range, Tromble scored a career-high 32 points to lead the Crimson Bears Friday night. Tromble shot 80 percent from the field (12-of-15), nailed a 3-pointer to open the game, canned 7-of-8 free throws, and blocked a shot.

``It was the magic high socks,'' Tromble said, referring to his pulled-up stockings. ``It felt like I couldn't miss.''

Saturday night was more of the same, as Tromble hit 9-of-15 shots for 20 points in the 69-45 win. But unlike many games where Tromble shoulders the scoring load, other players stepped up.

Sophomore point guard Curtis Lane came of the bench to can 7-of-10 shots for 17 points Saturday. Lane was deadly from downtown, shooting 60 percent from 3-point range (3-of-5). On Friday, Lane also hit three 3-pointers had a career-high 18 points.

Lane, listed at 5-foot-7, unflinchingly launches his 3-point shots a foot or more behind the line.

``He comes off the bench and he comes out firing,'' said Juneau coach George Houston. ``He's got a shooter's mentality. I like the idea of having an offensive player come off the bench and really get the offense going.''

The Crimson Bears shot well from the floor both nights. On Friday Juneau sunk a sizzling 56 percent of its shots (30-of-54); Saturday Juneau shot 52 percent (27-of-52).

North Pole hit 46 percent Friday (24-of-52), and that type of offensive production had Houston worried.

``They scored 74 points against our defense,'' an exasperated Houston said Friday. ``I don't know if we can score 84 points against that team again.''

North Pole coach Kevin McHenry said the sweep was the point in the season for his team.

``We played what I call orange-cone defense,'' McHenry said Friday. ``We did a lot of standing around.''

Friday's win was not easy for the Crimson Bears. Juneau led 46-34 at halftime but pulled to within four points midway in the third quarter.

Junior point guard Andrew Prewitt scored 27 points with his outside jumpers and confident drives to the basket.

Prewitt said it was the Patriots inability to play pressure defense that was the difference.

``They broke our press pretty easy,'' said Prewitt, who was held to nine points in Saturday's game. ``That's a main part of our game. That's why we didn't get our usual easy baskets.''

Juneau improved to 10-6 with the sweep, while North Pole fell to 7-4.

CRIMSON BEARS 69PATRIOTS 45

Saturday at Juneau-Douglas High School

NORTH POLE (45)

David Wiehl 6 4-5 18, Brad Oleson 2 3-5 8, John Hansen 0 0-0 0, Verdel Drashner 2 3-3 7, Chris Cox 1 1-2 3, Daryn Colledge 0 0-2 0, Andrew Prewitt 4 0-0 9. Totals 15 11-17 45.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (69)

Joe Ayers 0 0-0 0, John Blasco 4 0-1 9, Ryan Monagle 1 3-5 5, Julius Cumlat 0 1-2 1, Curtis Lane 7 0-0 17, Sterling Henderson 1 0-0 2, Clay Brown 3 0-0 7, Josh Zwingelberg 1 0-0 2, Leon Bus 0 0-0 0, Evan Tromble 8 2-3 20, Bryan Hamey 0 0-0 0, John Chapman 2 2-6 6. Totals 27 8-16 69.

NORTH POLE 12 6 11 16 - 45

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 12 25 14 18 - 69

3-point goals - North Pole 4 (Wiehl 2, Oleson, Prewitt), Juneau-Douglas 7 (Lane 3, Tromble 2, Blasco, Brown). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - North Pole 19, Juneau-Douglas 17.

CRIMSON BEARS 84PATRIOTS 74

Friday at Juneau-Douglas High School

NORTH POLE (74)

David Wiehl 4 3-4 11, Brad Oleson 5 2-2 14, John Hansen 1 0-0 3, Chris Cox 1 2-2 4, Daryn Colledge 1 0-0 2, Andrew Prewitt 7 13-14 27. Totals 24 23-26 74.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (84)

Joe Ayers 1 3-4 3, John Blasco 0 0-0 0, Ryan Monagle 4 1-2 9, Julius Cumlat 0 0-0 0, Curtis Lane 5 5-7 18, Sterling Henderson 0 0-0 0, Clay Brown 1 4-5 6, Josh Zwingelberg 0 0-0 0, Leon Bus 2 0-0 4, Evan Tromble 12 7-8 32, Bryan Hamey 1 0-0 2, John Chapman 5 0-0 10. Totals 30 20-26 84.

NORTH POLE 17 17 17 23 - 74

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 22 24 15 23 - 84

3-point goals - North Pole 3 (Oleson 2, Hansen), Juneau-Douglas 4 (Lane 3, Tromble). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - Juneau (Bus). Total fouls - North Pole 22, Juneau-Douglas 21.



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