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Juneau boys silence Sitka's victory bell

Crimson Bears jump out to early leads, fend off the Wolves' rallies both nights

Posted: Sunday, March 09, 2003

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team closed out its regular season with a sweep of the Sitka Wolves this weekend, silencing Sitka's victory bell and spoiling the Wolves' senior night party.

The Crimson Bears won 53-41 on Friday and 52-46 on Saturday, as Juneau got early double-digit leads but had problems sustaining the margins in both games.

"We accomplished our goal of not hearing the bell," Juneau coach George Houston said. "Tonight was their senior night and both teams played hard.

"Both games we got into the 50s, and that was with us having to work hard on defense against their spread offense," Houston added. "It was a tempo dictated by them."

In Friday's game, Juneau jumped out to an 18-6 lead at the end of the first quarter but the Wolves closed the gap to 29-22 at halftime. The Crimson Bears outscored Sitka 8-4 in a low-scoring third quarter and maintained an 11- or 12-point margin through the end of the game.

On Saturday, Sitka scored the game's first five points before Juneau went on an 11-0 run to take the lead for good. Juneau led 15-7 at the end of the first quarter and 30-15 at halftime. The Wolves closed the gap to 39-30 in the third quarter and made it 49-42 midway through the fourth quarter. Sitka's Karel Uddipa hit a 3-pointer in the game's last minute to bring the Wolves within six points, but time ran out.

"We had the lead, but we weren't able to sustain it," Houston said. "Friday was similar to tonight's game, we couldn't sustain it when they made a run. We couldn't maintain it (the double-digit lead)."

The Crimson Bears (15-7 overall, 7-1 region) used their superior size to win Friday's game as senior center Byron Wild scored 19 points to lead all scorers. Junior guard Alex Heumann scored 10 points and senior guard Nik Hura added nine for Juneau, which won its fourth straight game.

Junior forward Mitch Hawk led the Wolves (10-13 overall, 1-7 region) with 12 points, all scored in the second quarter before foul trouble relegated him to the bench. Karl Stedman added 10 points and Uddipa scored eight for Sitka.

On Saturday, Bryan Hamey scored 12 points to lead Juneau, with Joe Ayers adding 10 points. Wild scored eight points, despite sitting much of the first half with foul trouble, and Hura added seven points for the Crimson Bears.

Uddipa led Sitka with 16 points, and he had 10 of the team's 15 points at halftime. Hawk added eight points, while Stedman and Andrew Broschat scored seven apiece for the Wolves.

"Byron basically played well both nights," Houston said. "He got into foul trouble and didn't get as many touches tonight. ... Byron's early fouls held him in check, but we played through Byron's fouls and actually increased our lead with him on the bench. Hamey didn't shoot the ball very well tonight, he missed a couple of shots in the paint, but he was aggressive and attacking the basket."

Juneau JV sweeps, C team splits

In junior varsity action, Juneau swept both games with a 47-36 victory on Friday and a 54-50 victory on Saturday. The C teams split their series, with Sitka winning 35-32 on Friday and Juneau winning 45-41 on Saturday.

Kyle Huntsman scored 18 points to lead the Juneau JV team on Friday, with Josh Monagle adding 10 points and Thomas Derbesy eight. Manfred Bekeris scored 15 points to lead Sitka.

In Saturday's JV game, Monagle scored 22 points to lead the Crimson Bears, with Derbesy adding 13 points and Huntsman 12. Bekeris and George Howard both scored 10 points for Sitka.

The Juneau C team made a late run but fell short in Friday's game as E.B. Crow scored 10 points to lead the Wolves and Luke Miller had 16 points to lead the Crimson Bears, who trailed by eight points entering the fourth quarter.

In Saturday's rematch, Ryan Fagerstrom scored 10 points, Pat Kohan had eight and Jamaal Bailey scored seven for Juneau's C team. Chris Behrens led Sitka with 16 points and Crow added 12.

Charles Bingham can be reached at cbingham@juneauempire.com.

CRIMSON BEARS 52, WOLVES 46

Saturday's boys boxscore from Sitka High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (52) - Larry Cooper 0 0-0 0, Joe Ayers 3 3-4 10, Tom Derbesy 0 0-0 0, Tres Saldivar 0 0-0 0, Luke Miller 0 0-0 0, Sterling Henderson 2 0-2 4, Nik Hura 3 0-0 7, Bryan Hamey 3 6-9 12, Kyle Huntsman 0 0-0 0, David Jones 0 0-0 0, Byron Wild 3 2-4 8, Kolt Garvey 0 0-0 0, Josh Monagle 0 0-0 0, Adam Nelson 3 0-0 6, Alex Heumann 2 0-0 5. Totals: 19 11-19 52.

SITKA (46) - Karel Uddipa 4 5-5 16, George Howard 0 0-0 0, Tyler McCarty 0 0-0 0, Mark Manuel 0 0-0 0, Karl Stedman 3 1-1 7, Matt Burrows 0 0-0 0, Antwan Wilmont 1 1-2 3, Mitch Hawk 2 4-8 8, Andrew Broschat 2 3-4 7, Carrington Gorman 0 0-0 0, Manfred Bekeris 0 0-0 0, Cody Campbell 2 1-2 5. Totals: 14 15-22 46.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 15 15 9 13 - 52

SITKA 7 8 15 16 - 46

3-point goals - Juneau-Douglas 3 (Ayers 1, Hura 1, Heumann 1), Sitka 3 (Uddipa 3). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - Juneau-Douglas 1 (Hura 1), Sitka 0. Total fouls - Juneau-Douglas 16, Sitka 16.

CRIMSON BEARS 53, WOLVES 41

Friday's boys boxscore from Sitka High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (53) - Larry Cooper 0 0-0 0, Joe Ayers 1 0-0 2, Tom Derbesy 0 0-0 0, Tres Saldivar 0 0-0 0, Luke Miller 0 0-0 0, Sterling Henderson 1 2-2 5, Alex Heumann 3 2-3 10, Nik Hura 4 0-0 9, Bryan Hamey 1 1-2 3, Kyle Huntsman 0 0-0 0, David Jones 0 0-0 0, Byron Wild 6 7-9 19, Kolt Garvey 0 0-0 0, Josh Monagle 0 0-0 0, Adam Nelson 2 0-0 5. Totals: 17 12-16 53.

SITKA (41) - Karel Uddipa 3 1-1 8, George Howard 0 0-2 0, Tyler McCarty 0 0-0 0, Mark Manuel 0 0-0 0, Karl Stedman 5 0-0 10, Matt Burrows 0 0-0 0, Antwan Wilmont 0 1-2 1, Mitch Hawk 5 1-1 12, Andrew Broschat 2 0-0 5, Carrington Gorman 0 1-2 1, Manfred Bekeris 0 0-0 0, Cody Campbell 2 0-1 4. Totals: 17 4-9 41.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 18 11 8 16 - 53

SITKA 6 16 4 15 - 41

3-point goals - Juneau-Douglas 5 (Heumann 2, Henderson 1, Hura 1, Nelson 1), Sitka 3 (Uddipa 1, Hawk 1, Broschat 1). Fouled out - Juneau-Douglas 0, Sitka 1 (Hawk). Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Juneau-Douglas 11, Sitka 18.



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