Juneau JV boys topple Hoonah

Lesh, Zura lead Crimson Bears

Posted: Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Hoonah brought the most fans, but the Juneau junior varsity boys won the battle on the floor as the Class 4A Crimson Bears swept the Class 2A Braves Monday and Tuesday in a non-conference series at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Scott Lesh scored 17 points - including five 3-pointers - as Juneau won 67-50 on Monday, and Norman Zura scored 16 points to lead the Bears to a 74-68 victory on Tuesday.

With a large Hoonah contingent cheering them on, the Braves took a 16-9 lead after the first quarter on Monday. But Juneau rallied to take a 30-26 lead at the half, and Lesh hit four of his 3-pointers in the third quarter as the Crimson Bears built a 52-33 lead.

Luke Miller added 13 points for Juneau, while Zura and Tres Saldivar scored eight apiece. Dustin Bowen led Hoonah (9-8 overall, 6-4 Region V-Class 2A) with 17 points, while Brion Mills scored 10.

On Tuesday, the game was tied at 44 midway through the third quarter before Juneau went on a 7-0 run and took a 55-50 lead at the end of the period. The Crimson Bears led 67-60 with 3:20 left in the fourth, but the Braves rallied to close the gap to one point - 69-68 - on a Bowen basket with 1:33 to play. Juneau ended the game on a 6-0 run, highlighted by Saldivar scoring a layup off a steal with a minute to play.

Miller scored 13 points for Juneau, while Saldivar and Ryan Fagerstrom scored nine apiece for the Bears. Devin Moritz scored 16 points, D.J. Lindstrom netted 14 and Bowen and Mills scored 10 points each for Hoonah.

Metlakatla boys sweep Ketchikan

Chris Bryant scored 31 points, including six in overtime, as the Class 3A Metlakatla Chiefs went to an extra session to beat the visiting Class 4A Ketchikan Kings 63-59 on Saturday, completing a sweep of the home-and-home series.

Bryant scored 28 points, including four 3-pointers, on Friday night as the Chiefs routed the Kings 78-55 in Ketchikan. Metlakatla improved to 19-1 overall, 12-0 Region V-Class 3A, while Kayhi dropped to 11-11 overall, 2-4 Region V-Class 4A.

On Saturday, Ketchikan trailed 40-33 entering the fourth quarter but rallied to take a 51-47 lead. Bryant was fouled on a 3-point shot and hit all three free throws to tie the game at 51, and the game was tied 53-all at the end of regulation. Kayhi's Tyler Richardson scored eight of his team-high 22 points in the Kings' fourth-quarter run before Metlakatla pulled ahead in overtime.

Beau Hayward chipped in 11 points for the Chiefs, while Jesse LeBeau netted 19 points for the Kings.

Hayward scored 19 points and Shane Martinez added 13 as a balanced Metlakatla scoring attack overwhelmed Ketchikan on Friday. The Chiefs started the game on a 22-0 run, and led 22-2 after the first quarter and 36-10 at the half.

"I'd never seen anything like that," Hayward told the Ketchikan Daily News. "We came in at halftime and Chris (Bryant) said, 'Guys, we've never had a start like that.' It was awesome."

Ketchikan's offense got rolling in the second half, but it was too little, too late. Derek Clark led Kayhi with 14 points, while Nate Norton added 12 points and LeBeau and Richardson scored 11 apiece.

Mount Edgecumbe boys sweep Petersburg

The Mount Edgecumbe boys clinched the Region V-Class 3A Northern Division's top seed and a first-round bye at the region tournament with a two-game series sweep over the Petersburg Vikings at Petersburg this weekend. The Braves won 88-52 on Friday and 64-58 on Saturday.

In Friday's game, Josh Thomas, Matt Mercier and George Beans combined for 61 points and 13 3-pointers for Mount Edgecumbe (16-4 overall, 9-3 region). Thomas scored 23 points and hit three 3-pointers, Mercier had 20 points and six 3-pointers and Beans scored 18 points and hit four 3-pointers. The Vikings (12-7 overall, 9-7 region) were led by Jeb Phillips with 20 points and Chris McFadyen with 11.

On Saturday, five players reached double figures for the Braves, led by Scott Patkotak with 17 points. Mercier scored 16, Brandon Thomas added 14, Beans had 13 and Josh Thomas chipped in 12. Kyle Skinner scored 19 points to lead Petersburg, while Phillips and Jon Randrup added 12 apiece.

Wrangell boys sweep Craig

Dwight Yancey scored 21 points each night as an improving Wrangell boys squad beat visiting Craig twice last weekend for a sweep of their Region V-Class 3A series.

The Wolves beat the Panthers 64-62 on Friday and made a big comeback in a 71-63 win on Saturday. Wrangell started the season 2-15 but has since won three of its last four games.

Gregg Wilson chipped in 15 points, Gordon McCloskey added 12 points and Chris Haggard scored 11 on Friday for Wrangell (5-16 overall, 4-12 region), which led 53-41 entering the fourth quarter and held off a frantic Craig rally.

Eric Hamilton scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Panthers (8-12 overall, 5-7 region). Louis Isaacs netted 15 points for Craig, while Alexi Gamble and Brian Kanen scored 10 points apiece.

On Saturday, Wrangell trailed 31-16 at the half and 45-31 after three quarters before scoring 40 points to Craig's 18 in the final period.

Yancey scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, while Wilson scored nine of his 18 points in the final period. McCloskey chipped in 16 points and Nic Howell added 14 points for the Wolves.

Gamble scored 22 points to lead Craig, while Isaacs added 17 points and Hamilton netted 13.

Angoon boys sweep Hoonah

Angoon's Stephen Johnson scored 28 points each night as the Eagle boys posted a Region V-Class 2A sweep of the Hoonah Braves last week in Angoon.

Johnson sank five 3-pointers as Angoon beat Hoonah 67-52 on Feb. 24, and the Eagles followed up with a 60-55 overtime win on Feb. 25.

On Feb. 24, Angoon led 33-31 at halftime before pulling away with a 14-4 edge in the third quarter. Bailey Johnson chipped in 22 points and Loren Sands added 14 points for the Eagles (8-7 overall, 5-5 region). D.J. Lindstrom scored 13 points and Devin Moritz added 11 for the Braves.

Angoon and Hoonah were tied at 24-all at halftime and 51-all at the end of regulation on Feb. 25. Bailey Johnson scored four of his nine points in overtime for the Eagles, while Sands added 23 points. Moritz scored 17 points to lead the Braves, and Brion Mills chipped in 13 points.

Skagway boys go 0-3 in Tok tourney

The Skagway boys basketball team came close, but couldn't pull out a victory in its three games at the Tok Round-Robin Tournament last weekend at Tok High School.

The Panthers came closest to victory on Friday, but dropped a 57-54 decision to Minto. On Saturday, Skagway lost 55-43 to Wainwright-Alak. And on Thursday, the Panthers opened the tournament with a 55-33 loss to Sand Point.

In Thursday's game, Andrew Foster scored 31 points to lead the Class 1A Sand Point Eagles. Thomas Knorr scored 12 points to lead Skagway (3-12 overall, 3-7 Region V-Class 2A).

On Friday, the Panthers led by three points entering the fourth quarter but the Lakers outscored them 19-13 to pull out the victory. Craig Titus scored 25 points to lead Minto. Trevor Cochran scored 15 points to lead Skagway, while Knorr added 13 and Garrett Henry scored 11.

In Saturday's finale, Austin Aguvluk scored 18 points to lead the Class 1A Wainwright Huskies. Henry scored 16 points to lead Skagway and Michael Twitchell added 14.

Yakutat, Klawock boys split

Kyle Dierick scored eight of his game-high 31 points in overtime as the visiting Yakutat boys beat Klawock 48-42 on Feb. 24 to salvage a split of their Region V-Class 2A series.

On Feb. 23, Klawock's Travis Macasaet scored 20 points to lead the Chieftains to a 53-47 win over the Eagles.

In Yakutat's win, the Eagles trailed 20-14 at halftime before taking a 31-30 lead entering the fourth quarter. The game was tied at 38-all at the end of regulation.

Ben Dunbar added eight points for Yakutat (11-10 overall, 5-7 region), while Macasaet and Jared Williams scored 12 points apiece to lead Klawock (5-7 overall and region).

In Klawock's win on Feb. 23, Macasaet scored 11 points in the fourth quarter as the Chieftains broke open a game they had led by just a point - 31-30 - entering the final period.

Bradley Kato added 17 points and Williams scored 13 for Klawock. Dierick scored a game-high 22 points to lead Yakutat.

Hydaburg boys sweep Yakutat

George Peratrovich, last season's Alaska Class 2A Player of the Year, scored 56 points over the series to lead the defending Class 2A state champion Hydaburg boys to a midweek Region V-Class 2A series sweep over the Yakutat Eagles in Hydaburg. Peratrovich scored 32 points on Thursday as the Warriors claimed a 60-34 victory and he had 24 points on Wednesday as Hydaburg won 76-45.

In Thursday's game, Ben Young and David Edenshaw added seven points each for the Warriors (11-3 overall, 10-0 region). Ben Dunbar led Yakutat (10-11 overall, 5-7 region) with 12 points and Jack Klushkan added eight.

Last Wednesday, Edenshaw scored 25 points to lead Hydaburg, while Young had 11 and James Washington scored nine points. Kyle Dierick led the Eagles with 14 points and Dunbar added eight.

Yakutat boys sweep Thorne Bay

Ben Dunbar scored 34 points, including five 3-pointers, as the Yakutat boys beat Thorne Bay 74-42 on Sunday for a sweep of the Region V-Class 2A series.

Dunbar added 12 points in the Eagles' 69-45 win on Saturday to open the series.

In the opener, Sam Ferguson led Yakutat with 16 points, Kyle Dierick chipped in 15 and Alin Vale added 12 points. Josh Christy scored 15 points to lead Thorne Bay, and Donny Gray chipped in 13 for the Wolverines.

On Sunday, Dunbar hit four 3-pointers and 20 total points in the first quarter as Yakutat jumped out to a 29-13 lead. Dierick added 22 points for the Eagles.

Ryan Gray scored 12 points and Donny Gray added nine for Thorne Bay (5-11 overall, 1-7 region).

Kayhi JV beats Yakutat

Beau Poppen scored 28 points as the Class 4A Ketchikan junior varsity beat Class 2A Yakutat 67-51 on Sunday.

Ben Dunbar scored 15 points - all on 3-pointers - for Yakutat.

• The Juneau Empire's weekly Southeast Hoops Roundup feature is compiled by Charles Bingham and Andrew Krueger from results sent to the Empire by school athletic directors and team coaches. Scoresheets and/or game highlights should be faxed to 1-907-586-3028 (attention sports) or e-mailed to sports@juneauempire.com by noon on Monday so this feature and region standings can be compiled.

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