Hoonah's Devin Moritz hit a 3-pointer with eight seconds left in overtime to give the Braves the lead, and the Chevak Comets missed a layup at the buzzer as host Hoonah escaped with a 77-76 victory in Saturday's boys finale of the Icy Strait basketball tournament.
The victory kept the Class 2A Braves (6-0 overall, 4-0 region) undefeated in their tournament with a 2-0 record, even though Class 2A Chevak took a 30-10 lead in the first quarter.
Hoonah coach Joe Digrande said his team underestimated Chevak (7-4) after watching the Comets - worn out by a long trip - lose to Kake the day before.
"They came out real strong and were hitting all their shots," Digrande said of Chevak in Saturday's game. "They played with a lot of heart and got out to a big lead."
Chevak - ranked fourth in Class 2A in last week's state poll - still led 43-26 at halftime, but Hoonah outscored the Comets 28-12 in the third quarter to pull within one point, 55-54, entering the fourth quarter.
"We just chipped away," Digrande said.
The entire fourth quarter was a back-and-forth affair, and the game was tied at 69 entering overtime.
Dustin Bowen scored 26 points - including four 3-pointers - to lead Hoonah, which had five players score in double figures. Josh Dybdahl scored 12 points, with Moritz and Brion Mills adding 11 points each and D.J. Lindstrom chipping in 10.
Casey Ferguson scored 25 points to lead Chevak, which is located on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in Southwest Alaska. Jedi Atchak added 22 points for the Comets and David Boyscout scored 16.
In Saturday's other boys game, the Class 2A Kake Thunderbirds claimed an 80-39 victory over Class 1A Akiachak, another school from the Y-K Delta. Kake also finished 2-0 in the tournament.
Tracy Jackson scored 23 points to lead Kake, while Tim Demmert and Derek Knudsen added 14 each. Robert Jackson scored 15 points to lead Akiachak and Ryan Chingliak added eight.
In Friday's opening round, the Hoonah boys beat Akiachak 80-54 and Kake knocked off Chevak 82-63.
Mills scored 14 points to lead the Braves, while Bowen had 12 points and Matthew Brown added 11. Robert Jackson scored 25 points to lead Akiachak and Brent Lathan scored 15.
Demmert was the top scorer for Kake on Friday with 20 points. Knudsen added 16 points and Trevor Morris scored 10 for the Thunderbirds. Ferguson led the Comets with 15 points, while Boyscout had 12 and Atchak scored 10.
In addition to basketball, the tournament included Youth for Sobriety workshops for all the teams involved.
After the Icy Strait tournament was over, Hoonah swept Kake in a pair of Region V-Class 2A games on Sunday and Monday. The Braves won Sunday's game 55-46 and claimed Monday's 68-60.
In Monday's game, Bowen scored 25 points to lead the Braves. Lindstrom scored 13 points, while Moritz had 10 and Dybdahl added nine for Hoonah.
Tracy Jackson scored 17 points to lead the Thunderbirds (7-6 overall, 5-3 region). Knudsen added 13 points and Demmert scored 12 for Kake.
On Sunday, Lindstrom led Hoonah with 21 points, while Dybdahl scored 14 and Bowen had 12. Knudsen scored 18 points to lead Kake, while Demmert and Jackson had nine apiece.
The Braves will be busy this week, as they host the Hydaburg Warriors for a pair of region games today and Thursday, giving Hoonah six games in seven days.
Digrande said his team has two senior starters - Mills and Dybdahl - but relies on strong play from younger players like Bowen (junior), Moritz (sophomore) and Lindstrom (freshman).
"We're a pretty young team," Digrande said. "We're still coming together. The tough part of our schedule is coming up, so we'll see what we're made of."
Ketchikan boys win
First City Prep Shootout
Nate Norton earned tournament MVP honors as he led the Ketchikan High School boys basketball team to a 65-37 victory over the Prince Rupert Secondary School Rainmakers of British Columbia in Saturday's championship game of the First City Prep Shootout at Ketchikan's Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.
Norton scored 11 points in the championship game, helping Ketchikan avenge an 84-81 overtime loss to the Rainmakers in early January in Prince Rupert.
Jesse LeBeau scored 16 points with four 3-pointers to lead the Kings (9-7 overall, 0-2 Region V-Class 4A), while Derek Clark added 14 points and Thomas Montgomery scored 11. Lindsay Smith scored 12 points to lead the Rainmakers.
In Saturday's other games, Caledonia Secondary School of Terrace, B.C., beat Charles Hays of Prince Rupert 48-27 in the third-fifth place game, the Ketchikan junior varsity beat Mount Elizabeth, B.C., 63-56 in the fourth-sixth place game, and the Kechikan C team beat Class 2A Thorne Bay 41-34 in the seventh-eighth place game.
Donald Gray scored 14 points and Ryan Gray added 10 to lead Thorne Bay (1-5 overall, 1-2 Region V-Class 2A), which made just two field goals in the first half. Kenny Pearson scored 19 points to lead the Kayhi C team.
In Friday's semifinals, Norton scored 20 points and John Steward added 14 as Ketchikan crushed Charles Hays 86-29, while Prince Rupert beat Caledonia 40-33 in the other semi. The Ketchikan JV team beat the Kayhi C team 55-44 and Mount Elizabeth topped Thorne Bay 65-41 in the consolation games. Donald Gray scored 13 points to lead Thorne Bay, which led 14-6 after the first quarter.
In Thursday's opening round, Montgomery and Clark scored 16 points each as Ketchikan walloped Mount Elizabeth 81-38, while Charles Hays needed overtime to beat Thorne Bay 71-65, Prince Rupert beat the Ketchikan C team 50-38 and Caledonia edged the Kayhi JV team 53-50. Donald Gray scored 27 points to lead Thorne Bay, while Ryan Gray had 11 and Mark Osborne scored 10 for the Wolverines.
Mount Edgecumbe boys sweep Haines
Matt Mercier's 3-pointer clinched a 45-42 victory Saturday night for the Mount Edgecumbe High School boys basketball team as the Braves swept a two-game Region V-Class 3A series from the Haines Glacier Bears at Haines High School. Mount Edgecumbe won Friday's series opener 79-51.
In Saturday's finale, Mercier scored 23 points to lead the Braves, with his 3-pointer the last points of the game for Mount Edgecumbe (12-1 overall, 7-1 region). Scott Patkotak added seven points for the Braves.
Chad Stigen scored 16 points to lead Haines (5-7 overall, 1-7 region), which led 27-21 at halftime and 35-34 entering the fourth quarter. Will Egolf added 10 points for the Glacier Bears.
In Friday's opener, Mount Edgecumbe outscored Haines 27-14 in the third quarter to break open a game the Braves led 34-27 at halftime. Josh Thomas scored 26 points to lead the Braves, while Patkotak added 17 and Mercier scored 16 points. Stigen scored nine points to lead Haines, while Nathan Narum added eight.
Metlakatla boys sweep Wrangell
Chris Bryant scored 55 points over two nights as the Metlakatla High School boys basketball team remained perfect in Region V-Class 3A play this season with a series sweep of the Wrangell Wolves in Wrangell. The Chiefs beat Wrangell 60-51 on Saturday and 63-47 on Friday.
In Saturday's game, Bryant scored 29 points and Shane Martinez added 10 for Metlakatla (15-1 overall, 10-0 region). Dwight Yancey scored 17 points and Gregg Wilson added 15 for Wrangell (2-15 overall, 1-11 region).
On Friday, Bryant scored 26 points to lead the Chiefs, while Beau Hayward scored 16 and Bryan Hayward added 11. Wilson scored nine points to lead the Wolves, with Yancey and Gordon McClosky adding eight each.
Petersburg, Craig boys split
Jon Randrup scored 12 of his team-high 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Petersburg High School boys basketball team rallied from a two-point fourth-quarter deficit to claim a 76-57 victory over the Craig Panthers on Saturday in Craig. On Friday, Craig edged the Vikings 63-62 to split the Region V-Class 3A series.
The series was a rematch of last year's Class 3A region championship game, which Craig won 71-54.
In Saturday's game, the Vikings trailed 49-47 entering the fourth quarter but outscored the Panthers 29-8 as two Craig starters fouled out of the game.
Besides the 23 points from Randrup, Petersburg (9-4 overall, 6-4 region) picked up 17 points and 13 rebounds from Sam Jensen, 15 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists from Kyle Skinner and 12 points from Jeb Phillips. Eric Hamilton scored a game-high 34 points to lead Craig (5-10 overall, 3-5 region), while Louis Isaacs added 13.
On Friday, Alexei Gamble scored 22 points to lead the Panthers, with Isaacs adding 14 and Hamilton 10 points. Phillips and Skinner scored 17 points apiece to lead the Vikings and Jensen added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Angoon, Klawock boys split
Jared Williams scored 31 points as the Klawock High School boys basketball team knocked off the Angoon Eagles 65-57 on Thursday to earn a split of their two-game weekend Region V-Class 2A series in Angoon. On Friday, the Eagles beat the Chieftains 65-56.
In Friday's game, Stephen Johnson hit five 3-pointers and scored 25 points for Angoon (5-6 overall, 3-5 region) while Bailey Johnson added 26 points. Williams scored 22 points to lead Klawock (2-6 overall, 2-6 region), while Travis Macasaet had 21 and Bradley Kato scored 12
On Thursday, Macasaet added 19 points and Kato scored 13 for the Chieftains. Stephen Johnson scored 21 points and Bailey Johnson added 20 for the Eagles, while Loren Sands chipped in 10.
Hydaburg boys sweep Angoon
The defending Class 2A state champion Hydaburg High School boys basketball team needed overtime on Saturday and a big second-half rally on Monday to claim two-game Region V-Class 2A series sweep over the Angoon Eagles in Angoon.
In Saturday's game, the Warriors beat the Eagles 61-52 in overtime, outscoring Angoon 19-10 in the extra period. On Monday, Hydaburg claimed a 60-43 victory by outscoring Angoon by 20 points in the second half.
In Saturday's game, David Edenshaw scored 19 points for Hydaburg (6-2 overall, 5-0 region). George Peratrovich added 18 points, all after halftime, for the Warriors, while James Washington scored 10. Stephen Johnson scored a game-high 27 points to lead Angoon (5-6 overall, 3-5 region), while Bailey Johnson added 13.
On Monday, Hydaburg trailed 24-21 at halftime but outscored Angoon 39-19 in the second half. Edenshaw scored 25 points to lead the Warriors, while Ben Young added 12 and Peratrovich scored 10. Loren Sands scored 20 points to lead the Eagles, while Stephen Johnson had 11 points and Bailey Johnson scored 10.
Klawock, Kake boys split
Rocky MacKinnon's free throw late in the fourth quarter clinched a 56-55 victory for the Klawock boys basketball team over the Kake Thunderbirds last Tuesday in Kake. On Wednesday, Kake held off a furious fourth-quarter rally by the Chieftains to win 59-52 and earn a split of the two-game Region V-Class 2A series early last week.
In Tuesday's game, Travis Macasaet scored 21 points, Bradley Kato added 16 and Jared Williams scored 11 for Klawock (2-6 overall, 2-6 region), while MacKinnon scored six of his eight points in the fourth quarter. Tim Demmert hit four 3-pointers and scored 14 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter to lead Kake (7-4 overall, 5-1 region), while Derek Knudsen added 16.
On Wednesday, Larry Jackson scored 14 points, Knudsen had 12 and Tony Mack scored 10 for the Thunderbirds, who were outscored 28-12 in the fourth quarter. Williams scored 22 points and Macasaet added 17 for Klawock, which trailed 47-24 entering the final period.
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