Bear boys cool down the Wolves

Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2003

Quick starts and tenacious defense keyed two weekend homecoming wins for the Juneau-Douglas boy's varsity basketball team over the visiting Sitka Wolves.

The Crimson Bears followed up a 75-58 win on Friday with a 61-36 drubbing of the Wolves Saturday night to take a 1-game lead over Ketchikan midway through the Southeast schedule. The Bears (3-1 Region V, 9-4 overall) have now won three in a row after suffering a 63-62 defeat at the hands of Ketchikan on Jan. 31.

"We've played better since that loss," Juneau head basketball coach George Houston said after Saturday's win. "Sometimes you need a kick in the pants to get you going. Everyone needs a wake-up and maybe that was ours."

On Friday, the Bears jumped out to a 14-0 lead to start the game behind an animated Bryan Hamey. He scored nine points in the game's first 3 minutes as the Bears, who missed just two shots in the period, held onto a 24-10 lead after one quarter of play.

The Wolves (1-3 Region V, 8-9 overall) were without their starting center Mitch Hawk due to an injury, leaving 6-foot-2 Cody Campbell the unenviable job of covering the paint against the taller Crimson Bears.

"The coaches told me that we had a size advantage with me and Byron (Wild)," Hamey explained. "I just concentrated on going to the hole and finishing."

Sitka finally got on the scoreboard at the 4:21 mark of the first quarter on a bucket by Karl Stedman. If it weren't for spotting Juneau 14 points to start the game, Sitka could have made it a much closer finish. The Wolves never trailed by more than 20 and got close to cutting the lead to single-digits more than once.

"We were aware of that and talked about that," Houston said before Saturday's game. "We shot 53 percent in the game, but they shot 55 percent."

Hamey finished with 21 points, matching teammate Sterling Henderson for top scoring honors. Henderson did not practice Thursday after being involved in a Wednesday car accident, but was cleared by a doctor to play and showed no ill effects. Joe Ayers scored 12 points and Nik Hura contributed 10 for Juneau.

Karl Uddipa led Sitka with 19 points, including four three-pointers, while Stedman finished with 15, and Andrew Broschat added 10.

Saturday's game started out much like Friday's, but with a slower pace. Juneau made some adjustments defensively based on what they saw the previous night and it paid off. Sitka was held to just two first-quarter points and four field goals in the entire first half as Juneau went into the locker room at the break with a 30-13 lead.

"Our defense held up better than last night," Hamey, who scored 10 points, said. "We figured out their stacks and made some improvements."

In the second half, Juneau continued to put pressure on Sitka's defensively while getting its big men more opportunities in the paint offensively.

Juneau center Byron Wild used his size advantage over his Sitka counterpart Campbell, dominating the glass while scoring game-high 18 points and three blocks. Ayers scored 10 points, Hura had six, while Henderson and Adam Nelson each pitched in 4 points.

"Byron is important to us," Houston said "He's gotta try to score first - I thought he was very active going to the bucket tonight."

"I was a little more aggressive than last night," Wild said. "I wasn't necessarily looking to score , but attack more."

Broschat was Sitka's high scorer with 10 points while Uddipa and Stedman put in nine and six points, respectively.

"We didn't make our shots," a disappointed Sitka head coach Mike Blewett said, "Our defense was good early, but we were just missing shots. We didn't execute."

"The pace of the game was a little slower - There wasn't a great deal of scoring," Houston said. "We did a good job defensively and I thought the Sitka kids played well. I thought we played better overall tonight than we did the previous night."

Houston hopes the momentum of the wins will carry on to their next games. The Crimson Bears head north to play three tough games against Colony, Chugiak, and Wasilla in consecutive nights Feb. 13-15.

"Those are some big games up there," predicted Houston. "We could very easily be seeing those some three teams in that same order at the state tournament."

CRIMSON BEARS 75, WOLVES 58

Friday's boys varsity boxscore from Juneau-Douglas High School

SITKA (58) - Karel Uddipa 6 3-3 19, Mark Manual 2 0-0 5, Karl Stedman 6 2-2 15, Antwan Wilmont 3 1-1 7, Andrew Broschat 3 3-5 10, Carrington Gorman 0 0-0 0, Manfred Bekeris 0 0-0 0, Cody Campbell 1 0-0 2. Totals: 21 9-11 58.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (75) - Larry Cooper 0 0-0 0, Joe Ayers 4 3-3 12, Tom Derbesy 0 0-0 0, Sterling Henderson 9 1-2 21, Alex Heumann 1 0-0 3, Nik Hura 4 0-0 10, Bryan Hamey 8 5-6 21, David Jones 0 1-2 1, Byron Wild 3 1-2 7, Kolt Garvey 0 0-0 0, Josh Monagle 0 0-0 0, Adam Nelson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 29 12-16 75.

SITKA 10 18 15 13 - 58

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 24 21 11 19 - 75

3-point goals - Sitka 7 (Uddipa 4, Manuel, Stedman, Broschat), Juneau-Douglas 6 (Henderson 2, Hura 2, Heumann, Ayers). Fouled out - Sitka (Wilmont). Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Sitka 17, Juneau-Douglas 14.

CRIMSON BEARS 61, WOLVES 36

Saturday's boys varsity boxscore from Juneau-Douglas High School

SITKA (36) - Karel Uddipa 6 3-3 19, Mark Manual 2 0-0 5, Karl Stedman 6 2-2 15, Antwan Wilmont 3 1-1 7, Andrew Broschat 3 3-5 10, Carrington Gorman 0 0-0 0, Manfred Bekeris 0 0-0 0, Cody Campbell 1 0-0 2. Totals: 14 4-7 36.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (61) - Larry Cooper 0 0-0 0, Joe Ayers 3 3-4 10, Tom Derbesy 0 1-2 1, Tres Saldivar 0 0-0 0, Luke Miller 0 0-0 0, Sterling Henderson 2 0-0 4, Alex Heumann 1 0-0 3, Nik Hura 3 0-0 6, Bryan Hamey 3 4-6 10, Kyle Huntsman 1 0-0 3, David Jones 0 0-0 0, Byron Wild 8 2-4 18, Kolt Garvey 0 0-0 0, Josh Monagle 0 2-2 2, Adam Nelson 2 0-0 4. Totals: 23 12-18 61.

SITKA 2 11 12 11 - 36

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 12 18 16 15 - 61

3-point goals - Sitka 1 (Broschat), Juneau-Douglas 3 (Ayers, Heumann, Huntsman). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - Sitka (Wilmont). Total fouls - Sitka 14, Juneau-Douglas 15.



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