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Crimson Bear boys hold off Mustangs, fall to Warriors

Wasilla's Bailey hits eight 3-pointers against Juneau

Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2003

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team stayed with the top-ranked Wasilla Warriors for the first half of their game Saturday night in Wasilla.

But in the second half, the Crimson Bears could find no way to contain the hot shooting of Buddy Bailey, who made four of his eight 3-pointers in the third quarter as the Warriors ran away with a 66-41 victory.

On Friday, the Crimson Bears held off a late rally to beat the Chugiak Mustangs 57-53, which combined with Thursday's 68-50 loss at Colony gave Juneau a 1-2 record on its three-game road trip.

In Saturday's game, the Juneau boys jumped out to a 13-6 lead in the first quarter. But Wasilla started to close the gap in the second quarter and took a 26-22 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, Wasilla outscored the Crimson Bears 27-8 as Bailey scored about half of his game-high 32 points in the period.

"We thought we were there with them for a quarter and a half," Juneau coach George Houston said in a phone interview. "But mistakes and fatigue - Wasilla's a big, physical team - hurt us. He (Bailey) just went nuts."

Bailey made eight of his nine 3-point shots in the game. Wasilla's 7-foot center Ray Schafer added 19 points, although the Crimson Bears held him to just three rebounds. Schafer had five blocks, though.

"Schafer's improved a great deal since the start of the season," Houston said. "We made some mistakes and tried to go for the block instead of trying to take the charge."

Juneau, 10-6 overall and tied for No. 4 in the current Class 4A state basketball poll, didn't have any players reach double-figure scoring against No. 1 Wasilla (13-2 overall). Joe Ayers led Juneau with nine points, before fouling out and drawing a technical foul in the fourth quarter. Bryan Hamey added eight points and Alex Heumann scored seven points.

In Friday's game, Juneau jumped out to an early lead at Chugiak, grabbing a 24-16 advantage at the end of the first quarter and taking an 11-point lead, 41-30, into halftime. But the Mustangs outscored Juneau 13-3 in the third quarter to make it 44-43 in favor of Juneau entering the fourth quarter.

Juneau took a seven-point lead, 52-45, midway through the fourth quarter, but Chugiak rallied to make it 55-53 with 12 seconds left. The Mustangs (6-8 overall) were able to inbounds the ball, but Aaron Loges missed a 3-pointer with five seconds left and Juneau's Nik Hura was fouled grabbing the rebounds. Hura made both free throws to clinch the victory.

Heumann, who injured his shooting hand in Tuesday's practice, showed no ill effects as he made four 3-pointers and led Juneau with 18 points. Hamey and Byron Wild scored 10 points each for the Crimson Bears.

Chugiak was led by 6-foot-8 forward Chris Devine, who scored a game-high 27 points. No other Mustangs scored more than six points.

Juneau returns home this weekend to host the No. 4 East Anchorage Thunderbirds. Game times are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Charles Bingham can be reached at cbingham@juneauempire.com

WARRIORS 66, CRIMSON BEARS 41

Saturday's boys boxscore from Wasilla High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (41) - Joe Ayers 3 2-5 9, Sterling Henderson 2 1-2 5, Alex Heumann 3 0-0 7, Nik Hura 0 0-0 0, Bryan Hamey 2 2-2 8, David Jones 2 0-0 4, Byron Wild 3 0-0 6, Kolt Garvey 0 0-0 0, Josh Monagle 0 0-0 0, Adam Nelson 1 0-0 2. Totals: 16 5-9 41.

WASILLA (66) - Cody Schierman 2 3-3 7, Buddy Bailey 10 4-5 32, Aaron Roth 0 2-2 2, Robbie Champion 0 0-0 0, Greg Gray 0 0-1 0, Ricky Cunningham 0 0-0 0, Adrian Furman 0 0-0 0, Luke Schafer 1 2-4 4, Mason Heibel 0 2-4 2, Ray Schafer 9 1-1 19, Ben Neher 0 0-0 0, Matt Crane 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 14-20 66.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 13 9 8 11 - 41

WASILLA 6 20 27 13 - 66

3-point goals - Juneau-Douglas 4 (Hamey 2, Ayers 1, Heumann 1), Wasilla 8 (Bailey 8). Fouled out - Juneau-Douglas 1 (Ayers), Wasilla 0. Technical fouls - Juneau-Douglas 1 (Ayers 1), Wasilla 0. Total fouls - Juneau-Douglas 18, Wasilla 12.

CRIMSON BEARS 57, MUSTANGS 53

Friday's boys boxscore from Chugiak High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (57) - Joe Ayers 0 2-3 2, Sterling Henderson 2 0-1 5, Alex Heumann 5 4-7 18, Nik Hura 2 2-2 6, Bryan Hamey 3 3-3 10, David Jones 0 0-0 0, Byron Wild 3 4-6 10, Kolt Garvey 0 0-0 0, Josh Monagle 1 4-4 6, Adam Nelson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 19-26 57.

CHUGIAK (53) - Chris Devine 10 7-9 27, Ricky Burchell 0 0-0 0, Michael John 2 0-0 6, Tré Mickens 2 0-0 5, David Carter 1 0-0 3, Cade Dickey 0 2-2 2, Malcolm Stallworth 2 1-1 5, Aaron Loges 0 1-2 1, O.J. Harkacz 0 0-0 0, Justin Kissee 2 0-2 4, Nathan Sperry 0 0-0 0, Justin Lee 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 11-16 53.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 24 17 3 13 - 57

CHUGIAK 16 14 13 10 - 53

3-point goals - Juneau-Douglas 6 (Heumann 4, Henderson 1, Hamey 1), Chugiak 4 (John 2, Mickens 1, Carter 1). Fouled out - Juneau-Douglas 1 (Ayers), Chugiak 0. Technical fouls - Juneau-Douglas 0, Chugiak 1 (Carter 1). Total fouls - Juneau-Douglas 11, Chugiak 17.



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