The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team finished the regular season on a 14-game winning streak after defeating host Ketchikan 78-70 in a rare Sunday matinee.
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Will Egolf poured in 28 points and knocked down four 3-pointers as the Crimson Bears beat Kayhi for a fourth time this season.
"He was more active, and he didn't just stand and allow the contact to get to him," JDHS coach Steve Potter said. "He was moving, so he was harder for them to put a body on him."
Juneau-Douglas once again used its depth to overcome a strong Ketchikan team.
Clae Baker scored 10 points, Ryan Larson had nine points, Nico Saldivar chipped in eight points, Cameron Cook tallied six, and Robert Beierly added five points in the win. Dominique Brinson also scored five points for JDHS (19-3, 8-0 Conference).
"I think that was definitely a factor," Potter said. "We're deeper, and we played all the guys we had in there."
For Ketchikan (16-6, 4-4), center Damen Bell-Holter led his team with 27 points.
The 6-foot-9 junior converted 10 of 13 free throws but had just four field goals in the second half.
"He was effective inside early on, and we made our adjustments," Potter said.
Down 34-32 at halftime, the Crimson Bears outscored the Kings 56-36 in the second half to put away their rivals.
Egolf scored 15 of his 28 points in the third quarter.
"I think a big part of it is depth, but we refocused on things we were doing well and stopped the things we weren't doing well," Potter said of the second half. "We fouled a lot in the first half, and they were fouls. We weren't doing things we are capable of doing. By tightening that up, it created some separation."
Playing his final home game, Ketchikan senior point guard Matt Boyd poured in 20 points. Trevor Norton added 11 points, Eric Bezenek scored six points, and Jace Scudero had five points to keep Kayhi within striking distance.
With the regular season now complete, both teams will focus on the upcoming Southeast Conference tournament at Mount Edgecumbe High School in Sitka.
Ketchikan will take on Sitka at 8:45 p.m. Thursday. Juneau-Douglas will play the winner of that game at 9:15 p.m. Friday for the right to compete in the state tournament in Anchorage.
The Crimson Bears defeated Ketchikan in last year's regional final, while the Kings captured the crown in 2004 and 2005.
In the junior varsity contest, Ketchikan had three players score in double figures in a 65-54 win over JDHS.
Gunnar Farstad had 12 points, while Cory White and Kevin Manabat tallied 11 points each in the win.
For the Crimson Bears, Eric Gross scored 18 points, and Billy Sarandria chipped in 11 points. Alex Fagerstrom contributed nine points, Geoff Craig had six, Reese Saviers scored three, while Sean Bavard, Corey Mahar and Cody Grussendorf scored two points each in defeat.
Kayhi defeated Juneau-Douglas 72-69 in Sunday's C division contest as Brian Lindgren poured in 20 points for the Kings.
David Klien had 19 points, Kevin Craig scored 13 points, and Trent Headley tallied 10 points in the victory.
Grussendorf led JDHS with 21 points and Saviers racked up 20 points in defeat.
Alex DeRocher scored 13 points, Victory Wilson had seven points, Dylan Baker tallied three points, while Dominic Holloway and Torey Franzen had two points each to round out Juneau's scoring.
JDHS 78, Ketchikan 70
JDHS - 17 15 19 27 - 78
Kayhi - 18 16 13 23 - 70
JDHS (78) - Brinson 5, Saldivar 8, Larson 9, Beierly 5, Egolf 28, Cook 6, Baker 10, Levale 7.
Ketchikan (70) - Yonker 2, Boyd 20, Scudero 5, Bezenek 6, Norton 10, Bell-Holter 27.
Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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