Ketchikan boys win two games against Sitka

Kake boys sweep Hoonah in 2A

Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Jesse LeBeau scored 23 points - including five 3-pointers - in each game as the Ketchikan boys swept host Sitka on Friday and Saturday in a Southeast Conference-Class 4A series.

LeBeau's nearly identical scoring lines both included big third quarters - nine points on Friday, 10 points on Saturday - to help the Kings pull away for wins of 73-48 on Friday and 58-45 on Saturday.

Ketchikan (12-5 overall, 3-1 SE) is now tied with Juneau-Douglas (7-8 overall, 3-1 SE) atop the conference standings. Sitka fell to 7-8 overall, 0-4 SE.

On Saturday, Ketchikan led 30-26 at halftime before LeBeau, a senior point guard, sparked a 16-7 run in the third quarter. Senior center Tyler Richardson scored 11 points for Kayhi, and Casey Bass added nine points on a trio of 3-pointers.

"Casey had a really good series for us," Kayhi coach Doug Nausid told the Ketchikan Daily News. "He showed the poise and effort you expect from a senior."

Manfred Bekeris scored 14 points and Andrew Broschat added nine for the Wolves.

In Friday's opener, Kayhi took a 38-30 lead at halftime before going on a 17-6 run in the third period. Bass and Derek Clark scored 14 points apiece for Ketchikan, while Richardson added 10.

"It was probably the best three-quarters of a game that we've played all season," Nausid said.

Broschat scored 21 points to lead Sitka, while Bekeris added seven points and Jayson Asnin scored six.

Kake boys sweep Hoonah

Derek Knudsen scored 73 points over two games as the Kake boys handed visiting Hoonah its first losses of the season last week in a Southeast Conference-Class 2A series.

Knudsen poured in 47 points as the Thunderbirds beat the Braves 80-75 in overtime on Feb. 8, and he scored 26 points in Kake's 41-34 win on Feb. 9.

Kake coach Scott Jackson said his team was most excited about their defensive effort against the powerful Hoonah offense, particularly on Feb. 9.

"They handled the pressure really well," he said. "The first night they fell apart (toward the end), but the second night they got it together."

On Feb. 8, Hoonah trailed 39-28 at halftime and 53-46 after three quarters before rallying to send the game to overtime with the score tied 65-all. But Knudsen scored eight points and Timothy Demmert went 7-of-8 from the free-throw line in the extra period to lift Kake.

Demmert finished with 21 points for the Thunderbirds (10-6 overall, 7-1 SE). Knudsen scored his 47 points on 20 2-point baskets and 7-of-9 free-throw shooting.

"He gets in good position on offense, and when we give him the ball he usually scores," Jackson said.

Dustin Bowen scored 25 points - including four 3-pointers - while David Lindstrom scored 24 points and Michael Koenig added 14 for Hoonah (11-2 overall, 4-2 SE).

On Feb. 9, Kake led throughout - despite being held to just two points in the fourth quarter. Demmert added nine points for the Thunderbirds. Bowen scored 10 points and Lindstrom added nine for the Braves.

Yakutat boys sweep Skagway

Five Yakutat boys players reached double-figure scoring Monday as the Eagles beat host Skagway 93-14 to complete a sweep of their Southeast-Class 2A series. Yakutat defeated Skagway 76-19 in Saturday's series opener.

Yakutat's Alin Vale led all scorers with 23 points on Monday, while Kyle Dierick scored 17 points and Jack Klushkan added 16. Ben Dunbar scored 14 points - including four 3-pointers - and Sam Ferguson chipped in 12 for the conference-leading Eagles (13-5 overall, 9-1 SE). Tom Littlefield scored five points to lead Skagway (2-11 overall, 2-6 SE).

On Saturday, Ferguson scored 18 points for Yakutat, while Klushkan added 15 and Vale and Dierick added 11 apiece. Khaled Jezini scored five points to lead Skagway.

Petersburg boys go 2-1 at Valdez tourney

Stuart Meeks hit what proved to be the game-winning free throw as the Class 3A Petersburg boys edged Class 4A Palmer 40-39 on Saturday at the 28th annual Valdez Elks Basketball Tournament.

The Vikings also beat Class 4A North Pole 68-53 on Friday, but lost to Class 4A Dimond 71-61 in Thursday's opener to give them a 2-1 mark at the tourney.

Trevor McCay and Sam Jensen scored 10 points apiece to lead Petersburg (9-5 overall) against Palmer on Saturday. The Vikings trailed the Moose 21-19 at halftime before rallying. Meeks and Matthew Short each scored six points for Petersburg, all in the second half. Aaron Kohring and David Doerr scored 13 points apiece for Palmer.

On Friday, every Petersburg player scored against North Pole. Aaron Phillips led the Vikings with 12 points, and Kalen Williams added 10. Dee Johnson led the Patriots with 12 points.

Dimond stormed to an early lead over Petersburg on Thursday, backed by 23 points from Warren Lewis. Williams scored 14 points to lead Petersburg, and David Mazzella added nine.

Anchorage Christian Schools won the eight-team tournament over host Valdez.

Metlakatla boys go 2-1 at Barrow tourney

All-tourney selections Clifton Guthrie, Chris Nathan and Layte Hudson reached double-figure scoring, but the Metlakatla boys fell to host Barrow 70-55 on Saturday in the final game of the Barrow Invitational.

It was the first loss of the tournament for the Chiefs, who beat Hutchison 58-17 on Friday and defeated Houston 39-31 on Thursday.

Guthrie scored 14 points, while Nathan and Hudson added 12 apiece on Saturday for Metlakatla (5-11 overall). Barrow, which led throughout, is ranked among the state's top Class 3A teams.

On Friday, Hudson scored 17 points to lead Metlakatla over Hutchison. The Chiefs led 31-10 at halftime.

Metlakatla trailed 23-22 entering the fourth quarter of Thursday's game against Houston, but rallied with a 15-8 run in the final period. Guthrie scored 12 points for the Chiefs - including two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter - while Nathan scored 11 points and Hudson added 10.

• The Juneau Empire's weekly Southeast Hoops Roundup feature is compiled from results sent to the Empire by school athletic directors and team coaches, along with regional media reports. Scoresheets and/or game highlights should be faxed to 1-907-586-3028 (attention sports) or e-mailed to by noon on Monday so this feature and region standings can be compiled. For more information, call the Empire sports desk at 1-907-586-3740.

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