Crowd-pleaser: Bears sweep Kings to win regular-season crown

Posted: Sunday, March 02, 2003

After the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team beat the Ketchikan Kings 79-53 on Friday night, Juneau senior Kolt Garvey was talking to his parents while wearing a bright red hard hat in honor of the renovations being completed at JDHS.

The hard hat was appropriate attire, as the Crimson Bears worked over the Kings in Friday's victory, then completed the sweep with a 78-65 Saturday senior night win. The sweep clinched the regular-season Region V-Class 4A title for Juneau, earning the Crimson Bears a first-round bye in the region tournament March 12-15 in Ketchikan.

"We definitely came to work," Garvey said. "We did our job. We played together and we were all looking for each other."

"They outplayed us big time," Ketchikan coach John Brown said after Friday's game, which Juneau led by 32 points, 52-20, at halftime. "There's not much to say. They came out and jumped us. They kicked us."

Juneau (13-7 overall, 5-1 region) played one of its most-dominating games of the season on Friday, as Ketchikan (8-11, 4-4 region) never threatened after the first couple of minutes.

The Crimson Bears led 28-6 at the end of the first quarter and 52-20 at halftime as junior Alex Heumann hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer. It was 68-33 entering the fourth quarter, when Juneau had its six seniors on the bench and the Kings made a small run to close the margin below 25 points.

Juneau was so dominant under the boards that at one point late in the third quarter senior forward Bryan Hamey had more rebounds (11) than the entire Ketchikan team (10). Juneau outrebounded the Kings 39-24 for the game, with nearly half of Ketchikan's rebounds coming in the fourth quarter when things were already decided.

The Crimson Bears had one of their best games as far as ball movement, as Juneau players earned assists on 18 of the team's 27 field goals. Juneau hit eight 3-pointers in the game, led by five from Heumann, plus Juneau recorded five blocks.

"We played a lot better as a team," said Heumann, who led the Crimson Bears with 19 points and five 3-pointers. "It's what we needed to do."

"Instead of looking for just one guy, we were spreading the ball around," added Hamey, who finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. "Every game is a statement. We boxed out and rebounded, and we turned up the pressure."

Senior center-forward Byron Wild added 15 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Crimson Bears, while freshman forward had nine points off the bench and senior guard Nik Hura scored eight points. Senior guard Sterling Henderson only scored four points, but he had six rebounds and four assists.

"It was a lot easier to play that way," Wild said of Juneau's passing. "Every good thing we did was a product of our playing together, that and Alex standing around unguarded."

Brendan Mix led Ketchikan with 13 points (10 in the fourth quarter) and five rebounds, while Calin Bjur had 12 points and Tyler Richardson added eight. Ketchikan only made one field goal in the first quarter and finished the game shooting 15-for-53 (28 percent) from the field compared to Juneau's 27-for-54 (50 percent).

The Crimson Bears had to work harder on Saturday, as Ketchikan came out with more energy on defense and under the boards than it had on Friday. Even though Juneau actually shot better on Saturday, finishing the game 27-for-48 (56 percent), the Kings kept things close until late in the fourth quarter. Ketchikan shot better, going 21-for-49 (43 percent), plus the Kings came close to matching Juneau in rebounding (a 28-26 advantage for the Crimson Bears).

Ketchikan led 16-13 at the end of the first quarter, but Henderson hit a pair of free throws with 2.4 seconds left in the half to give Juneau a 34-33 halftime lead. Juneau had a 10-point run midway through the third quarter to take a five-point lead, 50-45, into the fourth quarter. Ketchikan trailed by 13, 66-53, when it made an 8-0 run for its last gasp. But the Crimson Bears closed out the game with a 12-4 run.

"We put it to them yesterday and they came out a lot harder today," said senior guard Nik Hura, who made a couple of key 3-pointers in the third quarter and led Juneau with 16 points.

"We always expect them to play harder in the second game," junior forward Adam Nelson said. "I looked at their (the seniors') faces at halftime and you could tell nobody wanted to lose tonight."

Wild had 15 points and seven rebounds for Juneau, while Henderson added 13 points, senior guard Joe Ayers had nine points, five assists and four rebounds, Garvey scored six points and made two assists, and Nelson had four points and six rebounds.

Bjur scored 20 points, 16 in the first half, to lead Ketchikan, while Richardson had 15 points and Bob Boyd scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds.

The sweep means Juneau can lose both of its games in Sitka this coming weekend and still have the first-round bye at the region tournament, although the Crimson Bears don't want any part of losing.

"We want to keep building on this," senior point guard Joe Ayers said of clinching the title. "We're not going to let up. I think we could have played a lot better. We were glad to end senior night with a win."

"It was nice to get a couple of wins," Henderson said. "But that (the region tournament championship game) is the game that matters."

Juneau JV/C teams sweep

The Crimson Bears also swept the junior varsity and C team games against the Kings. Juneau's JV team held off a late rally on Friday to win 73-72, then had an easier time on Saturday in a 53-45 victory. The Juneau C team won 61-55 on Friday and 66-38 on Saturday.

In Friday's JV game, Thomas Derbesy scored 26 points and Kyle Huntsman added 13 to lead Juneau. Andrew Kolanko had 21 points, Derek Clark scored 19, Thomas Montgomery added 17 and Corey Howe scored 12 for Ketchikan. On Saturday, Josh Monagle scored 19 points and Derbesy added 14 to lead the Crimson Bears. Kolanko scored 14 and Howe added 11 for the Kings.

In Friday's C team game, Pat Kohan scored 14 points, Luke Miller added 12 and Ryan Fagerstrom scored 10 for Juneau. Ketchikan was led by 20 from Howe and 13 from Mike Jepsen. On Saturday, Fagerstrom scored 12 points and Dani Cherian added 11 to lead the Crimson Bears. Jordan Brinkman led the Kings with eight points.

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Saturday's boys game from Juneau-Douglas High School

KETCHIKAN (65) - Brendan Mix 1 0-0 3, Anders Farstad 0 0-0 0, Derek Clark 0 2-2 2, Casey Bass 2 3-3 7, Bob Boyd 5 2-4 12, Will Montgomery 0 2-5 2, Calin Bjur 4 11-12 20, Andrew Kolanko 0 0-0 0, Nate Norton 2 0-0 4, Thomas Montgomery 0 0-0 0, Tyler Richardson 7 1-2 15. Totals: 21 21-28 65.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (78) - Larry Cooper 0 0-0 0, Joe Ayers 2 3-4 9, Tom Derbesy 0 0-0 0, tres Saldivar 0 0-0 0, Luke Miller 0 0-0 0, Sterling Henderson 5 2-2 13, Alex Heumann 1 2-2 5, Nik Hura 6 1-2 16, Bryan Hamey 1 1-2 4, Kyle Huntsman 0 0-0 0, David Jones 0 0-0 0, Byron Wild 6 3-3 15, Kolt Garvey 3 0-0 6, Josh Monagle 2 2-2 6, Adam Nelson 1 2-2 4. Totals: 27 16-19 78.

KETCHIKAN 16 17 12 20 - 65

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 13 21 16 28 - 78

3-point goals - Ketchikan 2 (Mix 1, Bjur 1), Juneau-Douglas 8 (Hura 3, Ayers 2, Henderson 1, Heumann 1, Hamey 1). Fouled out - Ketchikan 2 (Boyd, Richardson), Juneau-Douglas 0. Technical fouls - Ketchikan 1 (Richardson 1), Juneau-Douglas 0. Total fouls - Ketchikan 20, Juneau-Douglas 21.


Friday's boys game from Juneau-Douglas High School

KETCHIKAN (53) - Brendan Mix 5 0-0 13, Anders Farstad 1 2-2 4, Derek Clark 1 3-3 5, Casey Bass 1 2-2 4, Bob Boyd 2 0-0 4, Will Montgomery 0 0-0 0, Calin Bjur 2 7-8 12, Andrew Kolanko 0 0-0 0, Nate Norton 0 0-0 0, Thomas Montgomery 1 0-0 3, Tyler Richardson 2 4-5 8. Totals: 15 18-20 53.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (79) - Larry Cooper 0 0-0 0, Joe Ayers 1 3-4 5, Tom Derbesy 0 1-2 1, Tres Saldivar 0 0-2 0, Luke Miller 0 0-0 0, Sterling Henderson 1 2-2 4, Alex Heumann 7 0-1 19, Nik Hura 3 0-0 8, Bryan Hamey 3 5-6 12, Kyle Huntsman 0 2-2 2, David Jones 0 0-1 0, Byron Wild 6 3-3 15, Kolt Garvey 1 0-0 2, Josh Monagle 4 1-2 9, Adam Nelson 1 0-0 2. Totals: 27 17-25 79.

KETCHIKAN 6 14 13 20 - 53

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 28 24 16 11 - 79

3-point goals - Ketchikan 5 (Mix 3, Bjur 1, T. Montgomery 1), Juneau-Douglas 8 (Heumann 5, Hura 2, Hamey 1). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Ketchikan 20, Juneau-Douglas 14.

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