JDHS boys sweep Wolfpack to extend win streak to 10

Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2007

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team extended its winning streak to 10 games Saturday by securing a series sweep of West Valley.

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The top-ranked Crimson Bears topped the Wolfpack 79-44 on Saturday and won Friday 64-26.

On Saturday, Juneau-Douglas limited West Valley to just 16 points in the second half.

"We were laid back in the first half," JDHS guard Dominique Brinson said. "In the second half, we did the work and executed."

JDHS (15-3, 4-0 Southeast) utilized dominant defense in the second half to put away West Valley (1-13).

After leading 36-28 at halftime, the Crimson Bears roared out of the locker rooms in the third quarter. JDHS outscored its opposition 24-5 to secure its third victory over West Valley this season.

"We just got into their face and made sure they couldn't do anything off the dribble," Crimson Bears center Clae Baker said. "All they were looking for was dribble and shoot. They weren't looking to pass so we got into their face."

Will Egolf led the Crimson Bears with 18 points. He was one of four JDHS players to score in double figures Saturday.

Baker added 17 points, Brinson poured in 15 and Faifo Levale came off the bench to score 10 points.

West Valley (1-13) started Saturday's game by fearlessly bombing away with long jumpers.

Andy Musgrove knocked down four of his five 3-pointers in the first half. The Wolfpack led most of the first quarter before a 14-5 run by JDHS in the second quarter gave JDHS the lead.

"I just told them to go out and play," West Valley coach Devin Dawkins said. "We played OK in the first half. In the second half, they came out content and happy with their performance."

Musgrove led the Wolfpack with 17 points.

Friday's 64-26 win gave the Crimson Bears' reserves an opportunity to score.

Ten Juneau players found their way into the scorebook.

The win gave Juneau's bench valuable experience. The value of good reserves became even more crucial before Friday's game started, as the team was forced to play without forward Robert Beierly. The senior suffered an injury last week in practice.

"Guys have to be ready to play," JDHS coach Steve Potter said. "That's part of our strength."

After a sluggish first half, JDHS took over following halftime.

Egolf scored 15 of his game-high 19 points in the second half as Juneau-Douglas turned the game into a rout.

The Wolfpack stayed competitive in the first half by dictating the game's pace. By holding on to possession and methodically running their plays, West Valley trailed by just six after eight minutes and were down 14 after two quarters.

The second half, however, proved all Juneau-Douglas.

"West Valley played hard," Potter said. "It's not out of the realm that they'll be in the state tournament. ... When they control the tempo, like I thought they did for a lot of the first half, it gives them a chance to win. In the second half, I thought we were able to take over control of the tempo."

Reserve point guard Shawn Ibesate scored six points in extended action while Cameron Cook added 12 and Baker scored nine points.

Derek Lundgren led West Valley with nine points.

JDHS hosts Sitka next weekend in its home finale. Two wins against the Wolves would give the Crimson Bears the inside track toward a top-seed in the Southeast Conference tournament in March.

SATURDAY'S GAME

Juneau-Douglas 79, West Valley 44

JDHS - 14 22 24 19 - 79

WVHS - 11 17 5 11 - 44

JDHS (79) - Brinson 15, Saldivar 2, Larson 9, Gross 4, Cook 4, Baker 17, Egolf 18, Levale 10.

West Valley (44) - Lundgren 9, Sniegowski 2, Eastman 7, Aamot 3, Webb 2, Howe 2, Musgrove 17, McKenzie 2.

FRIDAY'S GAME

Juneau-Douglas 64, West Valley 26

JDHS - 10 14 20 21 - 64

WVHS - 4 6 6 10 - 26

JDHS (64) - Brinson 2, Saldivar 3, Ibesate 6, Sarandria 5, Larson 2, Gross 2, Cook 12, Baker 9, Egolf 19, Levale 4.

West Valley (26) - Lundgren 9, Eastman 5, Aamot 4, Webb 2, Howe 2, Musgrove 4.



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