Senior sharpshooter Sean Bavard connected on a desperation three-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining, sending his Crimson Bears teammates streaming across the Ketchikan court Wednesday night and off to 64-62 victory.
The win gives the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three Southeast Conference Championship Series that resumes at KayHi tonight with game two at 8 p.m.
The Bears seemed destined to relive the fate of their female classmates after also being outscored by Ketchikan 15-6 over the third quarter following a 30-30 haltime tie. JDHS fell behind by as many as 11 in the fourth, as the Kings jumped out on an 8-4 run to open the stanza.
A long, slow climb back picked up traction in the final minute as Ketchikan faltered on free throws and junior Cody Grussendorf connected on his own three-pointer from the left sideline to pull his team within 62-61 with ten seconds remaining. Grussendorf fouled out seconds later as he fouled Ketchikan's Kevin Manabat, but the senior missed both free throws to give JDHS a chance for the win. A race downcourt left Bavard open on the perimeter, and the fourth-year player connected to silence the KayHi crowd.
Ketchikan coaches called for a technical foul as the Bears players stormed the court, but the officials huddled and elected to simply give the Kings the ball back with 1.4 seconds left on the clock. Senior Matt Carpenter's last-second heave fell short for KayHi.
JDHS appeared ready for victory early in the game when their shooters caught fire in the first half, combining for five three-pointers and hitting all seven of their free-throw attempts. A late run from Ketchikan, including a pair of three-pointers in the final minute, helped the Kings salvage a tie before half-time.
Senior guard Alex Fagerstrom led the Bears offense with 15 points. Grussendorf chipped in 14, including 11 in the second half. Senior Gross added 12 and Bavard finished with nine, all on three-pointers.
KayHi girls 52, JDHS girls 44
Ketchikan shook off foul trouble, suffocating defense on their perimeter shooters, and no field goals from their star point guard to hang on for a win over the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team Wednesday night at KayHi.
The win gives the Lady Kings a 1-0 advantage in the best-of-three 4A Southeast Conference Regional Championship Series that resumes tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Ketchikan.
Starters Kathleen Reno and Crystal Blair spurred a 15-6 third quarter run for KayHi while playing with three fouls apiece, as the Lady Kings broke open a 20-20 half-time tie.
JDHS outscored the hosts 18-17 in the fourth quarter, but only managed to pull within two possessions at 50-44 with ten seconds remaining before Ketchikan iced the win at the line. The Lady Kings hit 20 of their 33 attempts from the line in the game.
Reno finished with a game-high points, while Blair picked up a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds after a dominant performance on the offensive glass.
Olivia Henderson was the Bears' leading scorer off the bench with 12 points, while sophomore point guard Karli Brakes chipped in all 10 of her points on five second-half field goals.
Sophomore forward Sarah Tarver combined with Henderson for 11 of Juneau-Douglas' 20 points in the first half from the bench, finishing with seven. Tarver, who missed JDHS' first two games at KayHi, also provided the Bears with much-needed spark on the glass.
Star point guard Laci Effenberger finished with nine points from the free throw line for Ketchikan, but was held without a field goal in the game.
A tough defensive performance from JDHS extended around the perimeter, as normally hot-shooting Lady Kings were held without a single three-point field goal. Neither team hit from behind the arc in the game.