Sitka in town for final home games

Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2000

Rick Carte and James Severin were hobbled by injuries the last time the Juneau-Douglas boys basketball team played Sitka, but the Crimson Bears still won by handy margins.

This weekend Juneau hosts the Wolves in the final regular-season games for both teams, and both Carte and Severin are back. Carte, a senior, came back from a sprained ankle last month and helped spur the Crimson Bears' to a nine-game winning streak.

Severin, a junior, broke his left thumb (non-shooting) Jan. 28 against Sitka. That's hardly slowed him; in fact, it may have made him better. Despite a heavy cast, Severin has kept on shooting and working one-on-one with assistant coach Rich Casperson to keep his skills fresh.

The result?

``It's made my form a lot better,'' Severin said. ``I think I've gotten a lot more arc in my shot. Coaches said it looks a lot better and it feels a lot better too.''

``The way he held the ball with his left hand would affect his shot,'' said Crimson Bears head coach George Houston. ``Now he's had to keep that left hand rigid, and actually his shot looks a lot better.''

Severin said he expects to get a soft cast today that would allow him to return to action.

``If he's cleared to play he'll get in,'' Houston said. ``It's like when Rick came back, he's so fired up to play. He's had March 9 marked down on his calendar for awhile.''

Juneau (5-1 in Region V, 13-7 overall) had its winning streak end last Saturday when the Crimson Bears lost their first Southeast game since 1997, 71-70 in overtime to Ketchikan. The Kings (3-5, 11-10) hit a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime, then guard Alexis Pahang hit a baseline lay-in with under five seconds to play to claim the upset.

Evan Tromble, the Crimson Bears' leading scorer with 16.6 points per game, said two factors cost Juneau the game - missed free throws late in the fourth quarter, and lazy play in the second half.

``We need to play with more intensity,'' Tromble said. ``In the second half, it seemed like it wasn't there.''

Ketchikan outscored Juneau 21-14 in the fourth quarter, and hit seven 3-pointers and 10 of 12 free throws in second half.

``We were trading one, sometimes two free throws for 3-pointers,'' Houston said.

Still, Juneau had a chance to win the game. After Pahang's bucket, the Crimson Bears moved downcourt by twice inbounding the ball and quickly calling time outs. Then, with about two seconds on the clock, guard Clay Brown got an open look but couldn't put the shot down.

``We had the opportunity to score and it just didn't go down,'' Houston said.

Senior guard John Blasco said that loss will be a motivating factor in this weekend's games and going into the Southeast Tournament next week in Ketchikan.

``To see (Ketchikan) celebrate like that, it didn't make us feel too good,'' Blasco said. ``We think about that every time we play.''

Sitka (2-4, 11-9) hasn't played since defeating Class 3A Mt. Edgecumbe last Tuesday. Before that, the Wolves split games with Ketchikan.

The Wolves like to rely on 6-foot-3 inch senior wing Dustin McLeod and 6-5 guard Casey Campbell inside.

``They're style is to get up and down the floor and get the ball to McLeod and Campbell,'' Houston said. ``They like to shoot quickly, they like to shoot the 3, and they full-court press McLeod and Campbell.''

This weekend marks the last home games for Juneau's three seniors - Tromble, Carte and Blasco.

``This is the last time we'll play in front of the fans here,'' Tromble said. ``It seems like it's gone by so fast.''


Here is the Alaska Media High School Basketball Poll for the week ending March 4, as compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and released March 9. Schools are listed with their records as of March 4 and total points in the poll. First-place votes are in parentheses.

Class 3A-4A boys

1. Lathrop (6) 18-4 80

2. East Anchorage (1) 17-5 71

3. Dimond 15-6 64

4. Wasilla 16-5 58

5. Bartlett 14-6 52

6. Chugiak (1) 14-7 46

7. Colony (1) 15-7 38

8. Valdez 18-3 29

9. Grace Christian 15-5 18

10. Wrangell 20-2 13

Also receiving votes: Kodiak, 15-5, 10; Juneau-Douglas, 13-7, 8; Barrow, 18-3, 1; Anchorage Christian Schools, 12-7, 1; Haines, 16-5, 1.

Class 1A-2A boys

1. Seldovia (8) 16-2 89

2. Noorvik (1) 18-2 63

3. Angoon 13-3 58

4. Tri-Valley 15-4 55

5. Kake 13-2 52

6. Cook Inlet Academy 12-7 41

7. Fort Yukon 14-2 35

8. Togiak 9-2 22

9. Shaktoolik 8-2 15

10. Skagway 11-7 14

Also receiving votes: Unalakleet-Degnan, 9-7, 11; Shishmaref, 10-5, 8; Koliganek, 10-3, 8; Sand Point, 8-4, 6; Tanana, 12-6, 5; Hooper Bay, 7-6, 3; Lumen Christi, 10-4, 2; Golovin, 6-4, 2; Point Hope-Tikigaq, 12-8, 2.

Class 3A-4A girls

1. Lathrop (7) 21-1 84

2. Wasilla (1) 19-3 74

3. East Anchorage 17-4 68

4. Palmer 16-4 54

5. Ketchikan 18-2 50

6. Chugiak 13-7 37

7. Kenai Central 17-3 28

8. Valdez 18-3 27

9. Colony 13-9 26

10. Nikiski (1) 16-4 17

Also receiving votes: Grace Christian School, 14-6, 14; Mount Edgecumbe, 17-3, 8; Juneau-Douglas, 12-8, 6; Monroe Catholic, 14-8, 2.

Class 1A-2A girls

1. Ninilchik (8) 18-2 89

2. Noorvik (1)19-0 72

3. Seldovia13-4 70

4. Yakutat16-2 48

5. Homer Community Christian14-5 46

6. tie, Point Hope-Tikigaq14-6 27

6. tie, Kake9-3 27

6. tie, New Stuyahok10-1 27

9. Klawock12-5 21

10. Hooper Bay13-1 20

Also receiving votes: Tri-Valley, 11-6, 16; Minto, 14-5, 13; Unalakleet-Degnan, 10-6, 10; Anderson, 11-6, 8; Angoon, 9-5, 1.

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