Juneau boys sweep Kayhi

Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2001

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team was able to exorcise some demons over the weekend as the Crimson Bears claimed a pair of victories in Ketchikan.

Juneau, which had already claimed the top seed and first-round bye in next weekend's Region V-Class 4A tournament, beat Ketchikan 56-48 on Friday and 54-43 on Saturday with both games played at Ketchikan High School's Clarke Cochrane Memorial Gymnasium. With the victories, Juneau was able to erase the bad memory of a 21-point loss to Sitka last weekend, the only region loss of the season for the Crimson Bears.

"I'm pretty pleased with what we were able to accomplish," Juneau coach George Houston said. "We did something we weren't able to do last year in Ketchikan, when we lost in overtime. We approached it like we wanted to get rid of the Sitka loss, and we wanted to build some momentum for the Southeast tournament."

Juneau (15-7 overall, 7-1 region) will get to sit on the sidelines Thursday while second-seeded Sitka and third-seeded Ketchikan play each other for the right to play the Crimson Bears in Friday's region championship game at Sitka's Mount Edgecumbe High School. The Crimson Bears are hoping they can win their ninth straight Region V-4A title this weekend, but a loss Friday means no trip to the Class 4A state tournament March 22-24 in Anchorage.

"We have possibly five games left, or just one," Houston said.

In Friday's game, Juneau led nearly the entire game until Ketchikan took a one-point lead, 46-45, on a three-point play by Brandon Nicholas with about three minutes left in the game. But on Juneau's next possession, Curtis Lane drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key to make it 48-46 and Juneau never trailed again.

"Curtis hit a huge three," Houston said. "That was a really big shot because it took the wind out of their sails. We were able to get a defensive stop on their next possession, and we kept the lead after that point."

James Severin scored 16 points, dished out five assists and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Crimson Bears on Friday, while Lane had 11 points and went 3-for-3 on his 3-pointers. Ryan Monagle added nine points and sophomore Byron Wild had what Houston called a breakout game with seven points, nine rebounds and one key block.

Brandon Nicholas scored 17 points to lead Ketchikan (8-14 overall, 1-7 region), while Calin Bjur scored 12 points off the bench.

On Saturday, Juneau fell behind early as the Crimson Bears were called for nine fouls (three offensive) in the first quarter. But the Crimson Bears took an 11-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and went on a 10-point run to take a 26-24 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, Juneau started to pull away as it led 45-36 entering the fourth quarter.

Lane scored 17 points off the bench to lead Juneau, while Joe Ayers scored 12. Ketchikan held Severin to just two points, but Houston said Severin played one of his best overall games as far as rebounding and defense. Juneau also picked up major contributions from Jake Miller (four points) and Wild (six) that went beyond their combined 10 points, Houston said.

Nicholas scored 16 points to lead Ketchikan and Jesse Richardson added eight for the Kings. Juneau also held Ketchikan's leading scorer Kenny Terpsma to just five points each night, and in Saturday's game that included a meaningless 3-pointer just before the buzzer.

CRIMSON BEARS 54, KINGS 43

Saturday's boys boxscore from Ketchikan High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (54) -- Joe Ayers 3 4-4 12, Jon Carlo Malacas 1 2-4 5, Ryan Monagle 1 2-2 4, Junior Cumlat 1 0-0 2, Curtis Lane 6 3-3 17, Craig Kitka 0 0-0 0, Sterling Henderson 0 0-0 0, Leon Bus 0 0-0 0, Clay Brown 1 0-0 2, Bryan Hamey 0 0-0 0, Jake Miller 2 0-2 4, James Severin 1 0-0 2, Byron Wild 2 2-3 6. Totals: 18 13-18 54.

KETCHIKAN (43) -- T.J. Milner 0 2-2 2, Braden Sharp 0 0-0 0, Russell Miller 1 2-2 4, Kenny Terpsma 1 2-2 5, William Montgomery 0 0-0 0, Shaun Phillips 0 0-0 0, Bob Boyd 0 0-0 0, Jesse Richardson 3 2-2 8, Josh Robinson 0 0-0 0, Matt Valentic 1 0-0 2, Brandon Nicholas 7 2-4 16, Derek Andrews 0 0-0 0, Brian Updike 0 0-0 0, Calin Bjur 2 2-2 6. Totals: 15 12-14 43.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 11 15 19 9 -- 54

KETCHIKAN 10 14 12 7 -- 43

3-point goals -- Juneau-Douglas 5 (Ayers 2, Lane 2, Malacas 1), Ketchikan 1 (Terpsma 1). Fouled out -- None. Technical fouls -- None. Total fouls -- Juneau-Douglas 18, Ketchikan 17.

CRIMSON BEARS 56, KINGS 48

Friday's boys boxscore from Ketchikan High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (56) -- Joe Ayers 2 1-2 5, Jon Carlo Malacas 0 0-0 0, Ryan Monagle 3 3-5 9, Junior Cumlat 0 0-0 0, Curtis Lane 3 2-2 11, Craig Kitka 0 0-0 0, Sterling Henderson 0 0-0 0, Leon Bus 0 0-0 0, Clay Brown 2 0-0 4, Bryan Hamey 1 0-0 2, Jake Miller 1 0-0 2, James Severin 7 2-2 16, Byron Wild 3 1-2 7. Totals: 22 9-13 56.

KETCHIKAN (48) -- T.J. Milner 0 0-0 0, Braden Sharp 1 0-0 3, Russell Miller 2 0-1 4, Kenny Terpsma 2 1-2 5, William Montgomery 0 0-0 0, Shaun Phillips 0 0-0 0, Jesse Richardson 2 1-2 5, Josh Robinson 0 0-0 0, Matt Valentic 1 0-0 2, Brandon Nicholas 7 3-3 16, Brian Updike 0 0-0 0, Calin Bjur 6 0-4 12. Totals: 21 5-12 48.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 12 15 16 13 -- 56

KETCHIKAN 8 15 15 10 -- 48

3-point goals -- Juneau-Douglas 3 (Lane 3), Ketchikan 1 (Sharp 1). Fouled out -- None. Technical fouls -- None. Total fouls -- Juneau-Douglas 17, Ketchikan 15.



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