The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team had more than doubled the score of the Sitka Wolves in Friday's game, but the four Crimson Bear seniors were still battling nerves for Saturday's Senior Night rematch.
The Crimson Bears battled through a ragged performance to win 67-53 on Saturday night at the JDHS main gym to complete the series sweep of their last home games of the season. On Friday night, Juneau won 67-33 to clinch the top seed and first-round bye in the Region V-Class 4A tournament two weeks from now in Sitka.
"I had three turnovers in the first quarter," senior guard Robb Carte said Saturday. "I was too excited to be starting and I realized this would be the last time I'd wear the white jersey at home. I only had one year playing on the varsity, but I'm going to miss it so much."
"I started off with two turnovers, but once I scored in the fourth quarter I settled down and played my game," senior forward David Jones added. "I think we were more nervous than we thought we'd be."
Despite the nerves, the Crimson Bears (12-8 overall, 6-0 region) jumped out to an 18-7 lead in the first quarter. But the Wolves (5-16 overall, 2-6 region) didn't buckle under. Sitka trailed the rest of the game, but it closed to within five points, 45-40, with 33 seconds left in the third quarter. Juneau closed out the game with a 22-13 run, but the Wolves played a much tougher game than they did on Friday.
"I didn't think we played that well at all," senior post Adam Nelson said. "It was everything. Offensively, we were careless with the ball and turned it over too much. Defensively, we weren't intense enough and in the second quarter they shot 66 percent."
"Our defense didn't come out as intense as it needed to be," senior guard Alex Heumann said. "And teams have a tradition of coming out a lot stronger on the second night against us."
Heumann scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead Juneau. Sophomore forward Josh Monagle added 11 points and eight rebounds, while Nelson had 10 points and five boards for the Crimson Bears.
The Wolves were led by junior Andrew Broschot, who scored 17 points and dished off three assists as he is slowly shaking off the effects of a month-long hiatus because of mononucleosis. Carrington Gorman added 11 points and five rebounds for Sitka.
In Friday's game, the Wolves hung tough through the first quarter, trailing just 16-14 at the end of the period. But Juneau went on a 21-5 run in the second quarter and just wore down Sitka, which was missing two starters (one to an ankle injury and one to the Arctic Winter Games) and had another starter kicked off the team last week.
Monagle scored 12 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had three assists to lead the Crimson Bears. Heumann and junior forward Tom Derbesy added 11 points each. Thirteen of the 15 Juneau players who got into the game scored points.
"We'll take it," Juneau coach George Houston said of Friday's victory. "It wasn't a game where either team really got into a flow. We'd make a couple of nice plays, then we'd make some bonehead ones. Tommy (Derbesy), in the first half, had some of the most efficient minutes all year. And Carte drew two charges."
"It's always good to be able to contribute," Derbesy said of his career-high scoring game. "I got a lay-up early, and when you get one you want more. We had some really great post passing today."
Broschot, who was playing in his first game since being sidelined, scored 10 points in limited playing time to lead Sitka, while Mitch Hawk had seven points and six rebounds.
"We were more patient today (Saturday) and we ran our offense better," Sitka coach Mike Blewett said of the weekend. "I think he (Broschot) is going to get better with each game. He really makes a difference in our team. We've still got two starters out and I think we'll compete by regions."
The Crimson Bears close out their regular season with a pair of games in Ketchikan this Friday and Saturday night. Then they go to the Region V-Class 3A/4A tournament March 10-13 at Mount Edgecumbe High School in Sitka.
Juneau boys JV, C teams sweep
Scott Lesh scored 15 points to lead the Juneau junior varsity team to a 69-38 victory over Sitka on Saturday as the Crimson Bear JV squad completed a sweep of its two-game series with the Wolves. On Friday, Juneau had a tougher time before blowing things out in the fourth quarter for a 67-52 victory.
Juneau's C team also swept Sitka, winning 66-20 on Saturday and 66-19 on Friday as every Crimson Bear who dressed scored points in Friday's game.
Tres Saldivar and Ryan Fagerstrom both scored 10 points for the Crimson Bears JV team on Saturday, while Luke Miller added eight. Bryn Calhoun scored 16 points to lead Sitka.
Norman Zura and Clae Baker led the Juneau JV team on Friday with 11 points each, while Miller and Mychal Hutcherson both added nine points. Stonebreaker scored 18 of his game-high 20 points in the first half as the Wolves led 31-28 at the break and trailed just 43-39 entering the fourth quarter. Van Hanson added 13 points for Sitka.
In Saturday's C team game, David Wrightson scored 11 points and Clinton Wales added nine for the Crimson Bears. Eric Buggins led Sitka with five points. On Friday, Robert Beierly scored 14 points and Baker added 10 to lead Juneau's C team. Calhoun scored eight points to lead the Wolves.
The Juneau boys and girls JV teams will host the Hoonah varsity in a pair of early week games on Monday and Tuesday. The girls games start at 5:30 p.m. and the boys games begin at 7 p.m.
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CRIMSON BEARS 67, WOLVES 53
Saturday's boys game from JDHS
SITKA (53) - Mark Manuel 3 0-0 7, Tyler McCarty 4 0-1 8, Sean Wathen 0 0-0 0, Van Hanson 0 0-0 0, Matt Burrows 2 0-0 6, Jaysin Asnin 1 2-4 4, Andrew Broschot 4 8-10 17, Carrington Gorman 4 3-6 11, Greg Hunter 0 0-0 0, Tom Stonebreaker 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 13-21 53.
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (67) - Larry Cooper 1 4-6 7, Norman Zura 0 0-0 0, Scott Lesh 0 0-0 0, Tom Derbesy 2 4-4 8, Tres Saldivar 0 0-0 0, Luke Miller 0 0-0 0, Clae Baker 0 0-0 0, Alex Heumann 6 2-2 17, Robb Carte 0 2-2 2, Mychal Hutcherson 2 0-0 4, Josh Monagle 5 1-2 11, Kyle Huntsman 1 0-0 2, David Jones 3 0-1 6, Andrew Capacci 0 0-0 0, Adam Nelson 4 2-2 10. Totals: 24 15-19 67.
SITKA 7 16 17 13 - 53
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 18 16 13 20 - 67
3-point goals - Sitka 4 (Burrows 2, Manuel 1, Broschot 1), Juneau-Douglas 4 (Heumann 3, Cooper 1). Fouled out - Sitka 1 (Manuel), Juneau-Douglas 0. Technical fouls - Sitka 1 (head coach Blewett 1), Juneau-Douglas 0. Total fouls - Sitka 17, Juneau-Douglas 18.
CRIMSON BEARS 67, WOLVES 33
Friday's boys game from JDHS
SITKA (33) - Mark Manuel 0 0-0 0, Tyler McCarty 2 0-0 4, Sean Wathen 0 0-0 0, Van Hanson 0 0-0 0, Matt Burrows 3 0-0 6, Jaysin Asnin 0 0-0 0, Mitch Hawk 3 1-3 7, Andrew Broschot 4 1-3 10, Greg Hunter 0 0-0 0, Tom Stonebreaker 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 2-6 33.
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (67) - Larry Cooper 0 0-0 0, Norman Zura 1 0-0 2, Scott Lesh 0 0-0 0, Tom Derbesy 5 0-0 11, Tres Saldivar 1 0-0 3, Luke Miller 1 0-0 2, Clae Baker 0 1-2 1, Alex Heumann 4 1-1 11, Robb Carte 0 2-2 2, Mychal Hutcherson 2 0-0 4, Josh Monagle 4 4-6 12, Kyle Huntsman 0 2-2 2, David Jones 2 1-2 5, Andrew Capacci 2 0-0 4, Adam Nelson 4 0-0 8. Totals: 26 11-15 67.
SITKA 14 5 6 8 - 33
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 16 21 9 21 - 67
3-point goals - Sitka 1 (Broschot 1), Juneau-Douglas 4 (Heumann 2, Derbesy 1, Saldivar 1). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Sitka 14, Juneau-Douglas 9.