Freshmen led the way for the Mount Edgecumbe boys basketball team last week as the Braves posted a pair of commanding wins over visiting Haines.
Damen Bell-Holter scored 20 points as the Braves beat the Glacier Bears 89-36 on Feb. 15, while Caleb McGraw poured in 23 points for Mount Edgecumbe in a 123-42 victory on Feb. 16.
Five Mount Edgecumbe players reached double-scoring on Feb. 15, while six reached that mark on Feb. 16 as the Braves improved to a perfect 10-0 in Southeast Conference-Class 3A play.
"I think right now we're playing a lot better as a team than we were in January," Braves coach Archie Young told the Daily Sitka Sentinel after the first game. "Each week I'm seeing improvements. I think every weekend we're doing something a little better."
Bell-Holter, who is from Hydaburg, added 18 rebounds and several blocked shots for Mount Edgecumbe (11-2 overall) on Feb. 15, as the Braves took a 36-15 lead at halftime. The freshman got to start the game when another Braves player sat out with an injury.
"That's a monster game," Young said of Bell-Holter's performance. "If he'll continue to be coachable, hopefully he'll continue to do these kinds of things for us.
Josh Thomas added 18 points for Mount Edgecumbe, while McGraw added 15, Earl Alstrom had 12 and Erik Stickler added 11.
Nathan Narum scored 13 points to lead Haines (4-9 overall, 3-9 SE), while Bryan Combs added 11.
On Feb. 16, freshman McGraw, from Sitka, led the way as Mount Edgecumbe led 35-2 after the first quarter and 60-15 at halftime. Brandon Thomas scored 20 points, Josh Thomas added 16 and Stickler scored 15, while Bell-Holter and David Guy chipped in 10 points apiece for the Braves.
Combs scored 16 points for the Glacier Bears, while James Blilie added 14 - including a 3-pointer at the final buzzer.
Hoonah boys sweep Yakutat
Dustin Bowen scored 23 points - including six 3-pointers - as the Hoonah boys beat visiting Yakutat 64-61 on Feb. 17 to complete a sweep of their Southeast-Class 2A series.
On Feb. 16, Bowen scored 26 points as the Braves beat the Eagles 80-63.
D.J. Lindstrom added 12 points and Austin Lindoff scored 10 on Feb. 17 for Hoonah (13-2 overall, 6-2 SE), as the Braves and Eagles stayed close throughout. Yakutat led 42-41 after three quarters, but Bowen hit three of his 3-pointers and Lindstrom went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the final period.
Kyle Dierick scored 22 points to lead Yakutat (13-7 overall, 9-3 SE), while Ben Dunbar added 18 points - including four 3-pointers - and Jay Sin scored 10.
On Feb. 16, Lindoff scored 16 points and Lindstrom and Duain White added 10 points apiece as Hoonah took a 55-42 lead at halftime.
The Braves overcame a 30-point effort by Dierick, while Jack Klushkan added 10 points for Yakutat.
Petersburg boys sweep Wrangell
Sam Jensen scored 14 points as the Petersburg boys beat visiting Wrangell 54-33 on Saturday for a sweep of their Southeast-Class 3A series.
Matt Short had 12 points and Jensen added 10 as the Vikings beat the Wolves 53-40 on Friday.
Petersburg (11-5 overall, 6-4 SE) led 19-8 at halftime on Saturday, then kept its edge in a higher-scoring second half. Short added nine points for the Vikings. Dwight Yancey scored 16 points to lead Wrangell (6-7 overall, 5-7 SE).
On Friday, Petersburg was ahead 28-11 at the half, but Wrangell managed to cut its deficit to 10 points entering the fourth quarter. Stuart Meeks chipped in seven points for the Vikings, while Yancey scored 20 points for the Wolves.
Craig boys sweep Metlakatla
Eric Hamilton scored 47 points over two games as the Craig boys swept their Southeast-Class 3A series against host Metlakatla.
Hamilton scored 22 points - including three 3-pointers - on Friday in Craig's 76-53 win, then poured in 25 points on Saturday as the Panthers beat the Chiefs 65-56.
On Friday, Craig led 44-32 at halftime, and sealed the win with a 17-5 run in the third quarter. Nick Jones and Phillip Pierce added 12 points apiece for the Panthers (9-7 overall, 6-4 SE), while Mike Demmert chipped in 11. Layte Hudson scored 19 points for Metlakatla (5-13 overall, 2-8 SE), while Chris Nathan added 11 for the Chiefs.
Jones scored 20 points, including three 3s, for Craig on Saturday in a game the Panthers led by just five points - 50-45 - entering the fourth quarter. Hudson scored 20 points for the Chiefs, while Clifton Guthrie scored 13 points - including three 3-pointers - and Donald Tompkins added 11.
Thorne Bay boys sweep Klawock
Jesse Grant scored 21 points to lead Thorne Bay to a 42-40 win over visiting Klawock on Friday in the opening game of their Southeast-Class 2A series. The Wolverines completed the sweep with a wider-margin win over the Chieftains on Saturday in Klawock, but no specific scoring information was available.
On Friday, Thorne Bay (5-8 overall, 5-5 SE) led 30-23 after three quarters, but had to hold off a rally by Klawock (0-12 overall, 0-10 SE). Ryan Gray and Gerald Carl added six points apiece for the Wolverines. Roberto Medina scored 10 points and Rock Mackinnon added nine for the Chieftains.
Skagway boys claim forfeit wins
Skagway (4-11 overall, 4-6 SE) picked up a pair of wins when host Angoon (5-7 overall, 3-7 SE) had to forfeit last weekend's games due to eligibility issues.