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Crimson Bears take two from visiting Sitka

Juneau hosts Ketchikan in two weeks

Posted: Sunday, February 12, 2006

Juneau-Douglas High School showed off all facets of its game in a pair of wins over Sitka in boys basketball over the weekend.

The Crimson Bears (17-3, 5-1 Southeast) swept the Wolves Saturday with a 73-34 victory and opened the series Friday with a 96-40 rout.

"I didn't think we came out with the same intensity tonight," JDHS coach George Houston said on Saturday. "Sitka had something to do with that. You could tell in warm-ups that they were coming out with a little more purpose."

Sitka (3-12) started Saturday's game with considerably more fire and leapt to an early 7-1 advantage - the Wolves' first lead all weekend.

The success proved short lived, as JDHS ended the quarter on a 17-4 run. Scott Lesh capped the quarter with consecutive 3-pointers, but Houston loudly admonished his team in-between periods.

"I didn't think they were playing with a great deal of intensity," Houston said. "I didn't think our awareness was very good and I tried to give them a little jolt."

Sitka struggled to score inside, as forwards Clae Baker and Will Egolf authoritatively patrolled the lane.

JDHS limited Sitka to just six points in the second quarter and the Bears extended their lead to 33-17 at halftime.

"Their length has an affect on the teams we play," Houston said of his forwards.

Juneau-Douglas cruised in the second half, as both teams substituted liberally.

Baker led the Crimson Bears with 13 points and Lesh added 12 points.

On Friday, JDHS immediately jumped on Sitka. Baker and Egolf scored 16 points each to lead a balanced Crimson Bears attack. Every Juneau-Douglas player scored.

The Crimson Bears showed some new defensive wrinkles by employing a trapping full-court press to frustrate Sitka into turnovers.

"We did some trapping out of it," Houston said of the defense. "That got us a couple of runs in the first half and put them on their heels a little bit, I thought."

Juneau-Douglas led 23-8 after the first quarter.

Tres Saldivar opened up his offense game and knocked down three 3-pointers in the first quarter. Saldivar, who averages just 3.2 shots per game, provided a catalyst for the Crimson Bears' offensive explosion.

"It was there," Saldivar said of his offensive outburst. "They kind of gave me something and I just shot the ball and luckily it went in."

Saldivar's younger brother, Nico, got in on the act in the second quarter. The junior scored 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, as JDHS grabbed a 51-23 halftime lead.

His second 3-pointer came as time expired and capped a 12-3 run.

With Juneau ahead by 28 at halftime, the remainder of the game was academic.

The twin towers of Baker and Egolf made sure the lead stood by protecting the paint.

Baker scored seven points inside, while Egolf blocked a shot and threw down a thunderous jam in transition. JDHS extended its lead to 69-32.

Houston emptied his bench in the final eight minutes. Youngsters Dominique Brinson, Billy Sarandria, Shawn Ibesate and Eric Gross played the majority of the fourth quarter.

The underclassmen closed out the game by outscoring Sitka's substitutes 27-8 in the final period.

The Crimson Bears' varsity showed their appreciation by fetching the younger players water during a timeout.

"It's mainly a team effort," Tres Salidvar said. "We work hard for them and they work hard for us in practice. We're just doing them a favor."

JDHS hosts Ketchikan in two weeks for a pair of crucial Southeast Conference games.

• Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com

JDHS boys basketball

FRIDAY'S BOX

Juneau-Douglas 96, Sitka 40

JDHS (96) 23 28 18 27 96

Sitka (40) 8 15 9 8 40

JDHS-T. Saldivar 9, N. Saldivar 13, Ibesate 6, Brinson 4, Sarandria 3, Miller 4, Fagerstrom 3, Clark 2, Larson 3, Lesh 3, Gross 6, Cook 6, Baker 16, Egolf 16, Levale 2.

Sitka-Hansen 4, Hanson 2, Stedman 9, Forrester 2, Crow 8, Venneberg 4, Mathson 2, Stonebreaker 9.

SATURDAY'S BOX

Juneau-Douglas 73, Sitka 34

JDHS (73) 18 15 22 18 73

Sitka (34) 11 6 10 7 34

JDHS-T. Saldivar 6, N. Saldivar 4, Ibesate 3, Sarandria 3, Miller 4, Fagerstrom 7, Larson 8, Lesh 12, Cook 3, Baker 13, Egolf 8, Levale 2

Sitka-Dumag 1, Hansen 2, Stedman 15, Crow 12, Peters 2, Stonebreaker 2



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