Juneau boys keep streak alive

Bears win twice to extend home domination of Kayhi

Posted: Sunday, February 22, 2004

It's been 24 years since the last time the Ketchikan High School boys basketball team won in Juneau.

This weekend, the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears extended that Region V-Class 4A homecourt winning streak another year - though the Kings nearly ended it.

On Saturday, sophomore forward Josh Monagle scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Crimson Bears to a 71-64 victory at the JDHS main gym. On Friday, Ketchikan senior Nate Norton drew a technical foul with the score tied and 1 minute, 27 seconds left in the game, and the Crimson Bears went on to claim a 57-52 decision.

That means the last time Ketchikan won a game in Juneau is still Feb. 8, 1980, when the Kings won 62-61 on a pair of free throws with 30 seconds left. Juneau has lost several times in Ketchikan over the years, but when the teams play in Juneau the Crimson Bears (10-8 overall, 4-0 region) have been able to find ways to win.

"Tommy (Derbesy) mentioned it, and it was in the backs of our minds," Monagle said of the streak.

The Kings (11-9 overall, 2-4 region) came closest to ending the streak in Friday's game, as Norton and Tyler Richardson dominated the boards. Norton and Richardson had eight rebounds each and Thomas Montgomery added six boards as Ketchikan outrebounded Juneau 33-23 for the game. None of the Juneau players grabbed more than four rebounds.

"Their bigs are pretty good," Juneau coach George Houston said of Norton and Richardson. "We played Bartlett and Lathrop, who are among the state's elite teams, and we haven't been dominated on the glass like that."

The game was close throughout, as the Crimson Bears led 12-10 at the end of the first quarter and 28-27 at halftime. But the Kings pulled ahead 40-39 at the end of the third quarter and still led 52-47 with 2:41 left in the final period.

Juneau tied the game on a three-point play by Monagle and a bucket by Kyle Huntsman, and then came the technical on Norton. Not only did the technical give Juneau senior guard Alex Heumann a chance to make two free throws to put the Crimson Bears in the lead, but it was Norton's fifth foul and ended his game.

"He said some not-so-nice things. He didn't swear, but he said some not-so-nice things," Ketchikan coach Doug Nausid said of Norton's technical. "I hate giving the game away like that."

Senior center Adam Nelson added a free throw with 35.6 seconds left to put Juneau up 55-52, then junior point guard Larry Cooper grabbed a rebound off a missed 3-pointer by Ketchikan's Jesse LeBeau and Cooper made both free throws to clinch the game. LeBeau took one more 3-point shot just before the buzzer, but Heumann grabbed the rebound.

"I did anything I could to get the ball," said Cooper, who wrestled his rebound away from LeBeau.

"Larry made a huge play," Heumann said.

Heumann led Juneau with 16 points, while Monagle added 13 and the duo of Huntsman and David Jones scored eight points each for the Crimson Bears on Friday. Richardson led Ketchikan with 23 points and Norton had 14 before fouling out.

In Saturday's rematch, Juneau's big men were much more effective as Monagle scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Nelson had 12 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. The Crimson Bears outrebounded the Kings 32-28, with Richardson and Norton combining for just 16 points and three boards.

Juneau trailed 8-4 early, but went on a 15-0 run keyed by a long 3-pointer by Heumann, a 3-pointer by Nelson, a steal and bucket by Heumann and Nelson scoring another bucket after teammate Rob Carte lost the ball and it bounced to Nelson.

"Overall it was a better game, and in the first half our big men played a lot better game," Nelson said. "Their guards outplayed us, their smaller guys."

"The first half, we came out and we picked up a lot of intensity," Monagle said. "I don't think they were expecting that from us."

The Crimson Bears had a 39-27 advantage at halftime and led the rest of the game, but Ketchikan made a couple of second-half runs to make things interesting. LeBeau scored 12 points in the third quarter as the Kings twice crept within four points, and a Montgomery 3-pointer made Juneau's lead just three points, 53-50, with 5:52 left to play.

Cooper came up big in the last 3:21 of the game, scoring all 11 of his points and nailing all nine of his free throws.

"I was kind of frustrated at the beginning of the game, because Jesse (LeBeau) was tearing me up," Cooper said.

"I had confidence we were going to win it," Monagle said.

Besides the 24 points from Monagle, 12 from Nelson and 11 from Cooper, Juneau picked up nine from Heumann and eight from Jones. LeBeau scored 17 points to lead Ketchikan, while Johnny Stewart had 13 points - nine in the fourth quarter - and Derek Clark scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

The Crimson Bears host the Sitka Wolves for a pair of region games this coming weekend in their final homestand of the season, then they head to Ketchikan the weekend after that to close out their schedule. Varsity game times are 8 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, with junior varsity games at 6:15 p.m. and C team games at 4:15 p.m. each night.

Juneau, Ketchikan JV, C teams split

The Juneau junior varsity and C teams both rebounded from losses on Friday to post victories on Saturday against their respective Ketchikan opponents.

In Saturday's JV game, Mychal Hutcherson scored 21 points and Luke Miller added 18 as the Crimson Bears claimed a 66-53 victory. Beau Poppen scored 12 points and Mike Jepson added 10 to lead the Kings.

On Friday, Matt Boyd made all 10 of his free throws in overtime and finished with 16 points to lead the Kings to a 75-67 JV victory. Charles Altman scored 19 points and Poppen added 15 for the Kings. Norman Zura led Juneau with 15 points, while Ryan Fagerstrom had 10 and Tres Saldivar scored nine.

In Saturday's C team game, Ryan Beason scored 11 points and Clae Baker added nine to lead a balanced Juneau offense that had seven players with at least five points in a 60-41 victory. Trevor Norton led Ketchikan with nine points.

On Friday, Jarad Azure made the game-clinching free throw and Kenny Pearson made four in a row as the Kings' C team edged the Crimson Bears 47-46. Pearson scored 10 points to lead Ketchikan. Robert Beierly scored 16 points to lead Juneau and Daryl Lew added 11.

• Charles Bingham can be reached at charles.bingham@juneauempire.com.

CRIMSON BEARS 71, KINGS 64

Saturday's boys boxscore from JDHS

KETCHIKAN (64) - Thomas Montgomery 2 1-2 6, Jesse LeBeau 6 2-2 17, Derek Clark 2 6-7 10, Sean Maynard 0 0-0 0, Matt Boyd 0 0-0 0, Casey Bass 0 0-0 0, Beau Poppen 0 0-0 0, Johnny Stewart 3 6-7 13, Mike Meacock 0 0-0 0, Andrew Kolanko 1 0-0 2, Charles Altman 0 0-0 0, Nate Norton 3 1-1 7, Tyler Richardson 3 3-4 9, Mike Bruce 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 19-23 64.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (71) - Larry Cooper 1 9-9 11, Norman Zura 0 0-0 0, Scott Lesh 0 0-0 0, Tom Derbesy 1 1-2 3, Tres Saldivar 0 0-0 0, Luke Miller 0 0-0 0, Clae Baker 0 0-0 0, Alex Heumann 3 1-2 9, Rob Carte 0 2-2 2, Mychal Hutcherson 0 0-0 0, Josh Monagle 9 6-10 24, Kyle Huntsman 0 2-2 2, David Jones 3 2-2 8, Andrew Capacci 0 0-0 0, Adam Nelson 5 1-2 12. Totals: 22 24-31 71.

KETCHIKAN 15 12 16 21 - 64

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 23 16 9 23 - 71

3-point goals - Ketchikan 5 (LeBeau 3, Montgomery 1, Stewart 1), Juneau-Douglas 3 (Heumann 2, Nelson 1). Fouled out - Ketchikan 2 (LeBeau, Norton), Juneau-Douglas 0. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Ketchikan 24, Juneau-Douglas 19.

CRIMSON BEARS 57, KINGS 52

Friday's boys boxscore from JDHS

KETCHIKAN (52) - Thomas Montgomery 1 0-0 3, Beau Poppen 0 0-0 0, Jesse LeBeau 1 0-0 3, Derek Clark 1 0-1 2, Sean Maynard 0 0-0 0, Matt Boyd 0 0-0 0, Casey Bass 0 0-0 0, Jonny Stewart 0 0-0 0, Mike Meacock 0 0-0 0, Andrew Kolanko 1 4-4 6, Charles Altman 0 1-2 1, Nate Norton 4 6-6 14, Tyler Richardson 9 5-7 23, Mike Bruce 0 0-1 0. Totals: 17 16-21 52.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (57) - Larry Cooper 0 4-8 4, Norman Zura 0 0-0 0, Scott Lesh 0 0-0 0, Tom Derbesy 0 3-4 3, Tres Saldivar 0 0-0 0, Luke Miller 0 0-0 0, Clae Baker 0 0-0 0, Alex Heumann 3 7-8 16, Rob Carte 0 0-0 0, Mychal Hutcherson 1 0-0 2, Josh Monagle 4 5-9 13, Kyle Huntsman 2 4-6 8, David Jones 2 2-2 8, Andrew Capacci 0 0-0 0, Adam Nelson 0 3-6 3. Totals: 12 28-43 57.

KETCHIKAN 10 17 13 12 - 52

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 12 16 11 18 - 57

3-point goals - Ketchikan 2 (Montgomery 1, LeBeau 1), Juneau-Douglas 5 (Heumann 3, Jones 2). Fouled out - Ketchikan 1 (Norton), Juneau-Douglas 0. Technical fouls - Ketchikan 1 (Norton 1), Juneau-Douglas 0. Total fouls - Ketchikan 28, Juneau-Douglas 17.



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