The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls basketball teams find themselves in a familiar situation.
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Both squads must beat Ketchikan for a fifth time today if they want to return to Anchorage.
The JDHS girls will face the Kings at 7:30 tonight at Mount Edgecumbe High School in Sitka for the Class 4A Southeast Region title. The Crimson Bears' boys will battle the Kings at 9:15 p.m. for the same stakes.
The winners of today's games move on to Saturday's 3A/4A crossover title games and then the state tournament, while the losers will play in consolation games Saturday before turning in their uniforms.
Ketchikan's boys and girls both beat Sitka on Thursday in the first round.
In the boys bracket, JDHS will tangle with Ketchikan just four days after completing a season sweep on Sunday.
Juneau-Douglas defeated Kayhi four times this season by using its depth. The Crimson Bears outscored the Kings by an average of 10 points in the second half this season.
Will Egolf, the Crimson Bears' 6-foot-9 senior forward, averaged 20 points per game against the Kings.
JDHS also brings a season-high 14-game winning streak into tonight's championship tilt.
In the girls contest, JDHS won all four regular-season meetings with the Kings. Coach Lesslie Knight's team defeated the Kings at Kayhi 41-37 and 58-52 on Jan. 19-20 and won at home 57-43 and 73-54 on Feb. 16-17.
A key in Juneau's success has been its ability to get to the free throw line.
JDHS knocked down 76.1 percent of its free throws (51 of 67) in the two wins at home. Free throws accounted for almost 40 percent off all their points in the Feb. 16-17 series.
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