Seniors carried the day for the Sitka boys Saturday, as Zach Carlson hit a clutch 3-pointer at the end of regulation and Andrew Broschat scored 38 points in an 81-77 triple-overtime win over visiting Barrow.
The victory gave Class 4A Sitka a split of the non-conference series against Class 3A Barrow, which won 54-38 in Friday's opener.
With 17 seconds left in regulation Saturday and Sitka trailing 58-55, a Barrow player missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw. Sitka grabbed the rebound, and Carlson - who had just entered the game - took the game-extending shot.
"He came off the bench - Keith Stedman had fouled out the play before," Sitka coach Mike Blewett said. "We brought Carlson in, he got free in the corner and hit the shot."
In the overtime periods, Sitka - and Broschat in particular - made free throws as Barrow went cold from beyond the 3-point arc.
Broschat finished 10-for-14 from the free-throw line in the overtime periods, and 14-for-18 in the game. He also hit four 3-pointers, all in the first half.
Blewett said Broschat was at the heart of Sitka's offense in the game, either taking the ball inside or passing off to fellow senior Manfred Bekeris, who had 23 points for the Wolves (8-9 overall).
Broschat and Bekeris outdueled Barrow's Matt Gueco, who scored 34 points in the game - including seven 3-pointers. Bobby Pico added 12 points and John Miller had 10 for Barrow (16-5 overall).
Blewett said he was pleased with his team's performance, especially after a tough game on Friday.
"The improvement from the first night to the second night was great," Blewett said.
In Friday's opener, Bobby Pico scored 20 points - including four 3-pointers - as the Whalers led 22-18 at halftime, then broke away with a 22-9 run in the third quarter. Gueco added 10 points for Barrow. Broschat scored 15 points and Bekeris had 10 for Sitka.
The Wolves will host the Juneau-Douglas High School boys Friday and Saturday for a pair of Southeast Conference-Class 4A games. They will be Juneau's last regular-season games, and will be critical as the Crimson Bears are tied with Ketchikan for the top seed at next month's region tournament. Ketchikan hosts Sitka on March 11-12.
Mount Edgecumbe boys sweep Petersburg, beat Barrow
Freshman Damen Bell-Holter scored 15 points each night as the Mount Edgecumbe boys swept host Petersburg last weekend in their Southeast-Class 3A series.
The conference-leading Braves beat the Vikings 62-37 on Friday and 56-45 on Saturday. Mount Edgecumbe (14-2 overall) is now 12-0 in conference play.
Brandon Thomas, Tommy Stasenko and Earl Alstrom added 10 points apiece for Mount Edgecumbe on Friday as the Braves took a 30-15 halftime lead. Sam Jensen scored 13 points to lead Petersburg (11-7 overall, 6-6 SE).
Saturday's game was much closer, with Mount Edgecumbe ahead by just one point - 36-35 - entering the fourth quarter. Bell-Holter scored eight points in the final period, and Josh Thomas went 7-for-8 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter en route to a game-high 16 points for the Braves. Cam Severson scored 10 points and Matthew Short added seven for the Vikings.
Mount Edgecumbe hosted Barrow for a non-conference game on Thursday, and the Braves beat the Whalers 88-76. Mount Edgecumbe led 41-29 at halftime, but Barrow went on several runs and closed to within two points - 74-72 - in the fourth quarter. Stasenko hit a key 3-pointer with 40 seconds left to keep the Braves ahead.
Josh Thomas - who is from Barrow - scored 32 points to lead Mount Edgecumbe, including five 3-pointers. Brandon Thomas added 23 points, Caleb McGraw scored 13 and Stasenko finished with 12 for the Braves. Matt Gueco scored 32 points and Bobby Pico added 17 for Barrow.
Wrangell boys sweep Metlakatla
Gordon McCloskey scored 16 points and Dwight Yancey added 15 on Saturday as the Wrangell boys beat visiting Metlakatla 68-53 to complete a sweep of their Southeast-Class 3A series.
On Friday, Chris Haggard scored 18 points as the Wolves beat the Chiefs 70-51.
Wrangell (8-7 overall, 7-7 SE) built a 51-28 lead entering the fourth quarter Saturday - a lead that held up as Metlakatla (5-15 overall, 2-10 SE) started to find its shooting touch. Clifton Guthrie scored 21 points and Layte Hudson had 20 for the Chiefs, and they combined for seven 3-pointers, all in the second half.
Nic Howell scored 16 points, McCloskey added 14 and Yancey chipped in 13 points for the Wolves on Friday as Wrangell took a 38-15 lead at the half. Hudson scored 18 points for the Chiefs.
Kake boys sweep Angoon
Tim Demmert scored 27 points and Derek Knudsen added 22 on Friday as the Kake boys beat host Angoon 70-37 on Saturday for a sweep of their Southeast-Class 2A series.
Demmert had 24 points and Knudsen 19 as the Thunderbirds beat the Eagles 71-61 in Thursday's opener.
Kake (12-6 overall, 9-1 SE) led 31-21 at halftime Friday as Demmert hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter. Adam Johnson scored 18 points and John Croasmun had 10 for Angoon (5-9 overall, 3-9 SE).
Thursday's game was closer, but Kake still led 33-26 after two quarters. Trevor Morris scored 14 points and Shawn Jackson added 10 points for the Thunderbirds. Croasmun scored 20 points, Johnson added 18 and Chris Kookesh chipped in 12 for the Eagles.
Skagway boys go 0-3 in Tok
The Skagway boys led Anderson entering the final quarter of their opening game last Thursday at the Tok Round Robin Tournament, but the Panthers couldn't hold on and lost to the Grizzlies 41-36.
Skagway lost 86-40 to Tanana on Friday, and 67-23 to Galena on Saturday to close out the tournament.
On Thursday, Skagway (4-14 overall) led Anderson 28-27 after three quarters but could not hold off the Grizzlies' rally. Trevor Cochran scored 14 points to lead the Panthers.
Tanana's Tyler Hyslop caused havoc for Skagway on Friday, as he poured in 36 points for the Wolves. Tom Littlefield scored 16 points for the Panthers, while John McCluskey added 13.
Galena rebounded from a Friday-night loss to Fort Yukon by routing Skagway to close out the tournament. Cochran scored 11 points to lead Skagway.
Hoonah boys go 4-1 on Prince of Wales trip
The Hoonah boys swept pairs of Southeast-Class 2A games at Klawock and at Thorne Bay last week, and nearly beat Class 3A Craig in a non-conference matchup.
Dustin Bowen scored 27 points - including four 3-pointers - as Hoonah beat Klawock 101-34 on Saturday, and Bowen had 22 points as the Braves beat the Chieftains in Friday's opener 71-35.
D.J. Lindstrom scored 18 points, and Devin Moritz and Lloyd Lewin added 17 apiece for Hoonah on Saturday, while Roberto Medina scored 13 points to lead Klawock (0-14 overall, 0-12 SE).
On Friday, Lindstrom scored 12 points and Lewin added 10 for the Braves. Chris Stockton scored nine points to lead the Chieftains.
No scoring information was available for Hoonah's games at Thorne Bay (5-10 overall, 5-7 SE), while the Braves (17-3 overall, 10-2 SE) lost to Craig 84-81. Bowen led Hoonah with 36 points, including nine 3-pointers, while Eric Hamilton scored 30 points for Craig (10-7 overall, 6-4 SE).
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