JDHS boys run past Sitka

Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team started fast and refused to yield in Saturday's 87-63 rout of host Sitka.

The win secured a series sweep of the Wolves as the Crimson Bears (9-9, 3-1 Southeast) won 65-37 on Friday.

"We shared the ball and nobody tried to make the great moves," JDHS coach Steve Potter said of Saturday's win. "Everyone was looking for each other."

Juneau-Douglas led 42-28 at halftime and put the game away with a mammoth third quarter. The Crimson Bears rolled up 29 points in the third to extend their lead to 71-44.

"We had a shot to be up 20 at halftime and then we took some quick shots and got away from what we were doing and they cut it to 15," Potter said. "I thought the guys were a little fired up and thought they could do better."

Potter said his team extended their defense to the full court and employed a mix of traps against the Wolves.

JDHS employed both man-to-man and zone traps against the Wolves, Potter said.

"Our staple was our man (defense)," he said. "(Friday) our man wasn't very good. (Saturday) our man was a lot better. We still gave up a lot of points but if were going to play up and down and push it like that, that's going to happen."

Senior Dominique Brinson led JDHS with 23 points while Ryan Larson added 12 in the win.

The team also went 23 of 30 from the free throw line.

"What happens is when Dom is scoring, it creates opportunities for the other guys," Potter said. "Of his 23 points, he only scored in the first and third quarters. The full court is best suited for Dom because he's at his best when he gets to the bucket. In the half court, he's difficult to guard because he has that mid-range shot."

Eric Gross added eight points while point guard Shawn Ibesate scored seven in the win. Also for JDHS, Geoff Craig had six points and Reese Saviers scored five points.

Potter praised his point guard's ability to not only push the ball in the open court, but to quickly transition into the Bears' half-court offense on Saturday.

"I thought (Saturday) in particular Shawn Ibesate did a good job of pushing the ball up the floor and when we didn't have something, he got in the half court offense," Potter said. "We were into things quicker so we got better looks."

Sitka's Ulysses Diaz and Ryan Peters scored 10 points each in the loss while Ross Venneberg chipped in eight points.

On Friday, Juneau-Douglas received 18 points from Brinson in an eight-point win.

The Crimson Bears led 39-30 at halftime as Sitka hung around in the second half.

Larson scored seven points while Craig added six in the win. Corey Mahar and Ibesate had five points each while Faifo Levale added four in the win.

Logan Lee led the Wolves with 12 points.

Juneau-Douglas returns home next weekend to take on Ketchikan (16-2, 5-1) in a crucial Southeast Conference series. The two teams split in Ketchikan on Feb. 1-2.

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