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Metlakatla boys claim their first Region V-Class 3A title since 1988

Posted: Sunday, March 14, 2004

SITKA - After his Metlakatla boys team beat Mount Edgecumbe for the Region V-Class 3A title Friday, coach Josh Muehlenkamp had to teach the talented Braves one more skill - how to cut down the net.

While they needed some practice in making the right snips to get the nylon off the rim, the Chiefs made the right shots down the stretch to beat the Braves 75-68 in a high-energy game that featured 21 3-pointers.

"They've never done that," Muehlenkamp said of his players cutting the net. "We have no experience doing that. It's the first title in I don't know how long."

The first since 1988, to be exact, and the team was thrilled long after the game was over.

"I'm still in bliss, overwhelmed," senior Chris Bryant said a half-hour after the final buzzer.

A large contingent of Metlakatla fans traveled to the tournament, and combined with dozens of students from host Mount Edgecumbe to create a wild atmosphere in B.J. McGillis Gymnasium.

"The gym was packed, and the intensity was awesome," senior Beau Hayward said.

But the intensity had a downside in keeping the teams unsteady.

"It was so intense we were getting a little jittery, but after we settled down we started hitting some jumpers and forcing some turnovers," Bryant said.

"At halftime we told ourselves the first team to calm down is going to win this game," Hayward said. "We did."

Metlakatla took the early edge as senior Shane Martinez drained two 3-pointers and Bryant sank another to give the Chiefs a 13-6 lead with 2:52 to play in the first quarter.

But Mount Edgecumbe battled back, and tied the game at 14 on a 3-pointer by senior Matt Mercier with 50 seconds left in the period.

Mercier hit another 3 to open the second quarter, and sophomore Max Shellabarger came off the bench to sink two 3-pointers in the quarter to give the Braves a 31-30 lead at halftime.

"Max came in a little bit apprehensive, but once he got in the game he played up to his ability," Mount Edgecumbe coach Archie Young said.

The Braves took a 47-42 lead with 2:33 to play in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by George Beans and a 2-point basket by Scott Patkotak. But Bryant hit two 3-pointers in a row and Hayward added a third to give Metlakatla a 51-47 lead entering the fourth quarter. The Chiefs never trailed again.

Bryant finished with five 3-pointers and a game-high 24 points, while Martinez (three 3-pointers) and Hayward (two 3-pointers) each added 19 points for Metlakatla (22-2 overall).

Shellabarger scored 17 points, including four 3-pointers, for Mount Edgecumbe (19-5 overall). Mercier added three 3-pointers and 14 total points, Patkotak scored 10.

"I'm proud of my boys, and we're not done yet," Young said.

With the Ketchikan boys winning the Class 4A title on Friday - the Kings' first in 15 years - and the state champion Craig Panthers last season, basketball in southern Southeast is on an upswing. But there's something extra special about a hoops title in Metlakatla.

"It gives them a lot of pride," Muehlenkamp said. "The community is so tightly knit, and is so dedicated to basketball."

The Chiefs - and the Braves - will head to the state tourney in Anchorage later this week.

"We're focused," Bryant said. "We're going to enjoy this one tonight, take care of business tomorrow night (in the crossover game against Ketchikan) and be confident going to state."

Petersburg 90, Craig 47

Five Vikings scored in double-figures on Friday as Petersburg claimed third place in the Region V-Class 3A tournament with a victory over the Craig Panthers.

Kyle Skinner scored 17 points, Sam Jensen netted 15, Jeb Phillips scored 14, Jon Randrup chipped in 13 points and Chris McFadyen scored 11 for the Vikings (14-8 overall), who took a 44-23 lead at halftime. Skinner hit three 3-pointers in the game, giving him 11 over three games in the region tourney.

Alexie Gamble scored 13 points and Louis Isaacs added eight for Craig (10-15 overall).

Wrangell boys 63, Haines boys 43

Wrangell's Gregg Wilson and Dwight Yancey scored 16 points apiece as the Wolves beat Haines in the fifth-sixth place game.

Chris Haggard added nine as Wrangell (6-17 overall) took a 29-22 lead at half and sealed the win with a 22-13 edge in the fourth quarter.

Junior Daniel Stickler scored 12 points - including three 3-pointers - and freshman Will Egolf added 10 for Haines (5-15 overall). The Glacier Bears will lose two seniors from this year's squad - Tyler Ferrin and Chad Stigen - but their region team included four juniors and six freshmen.

• Andrew Krueger can be reached at andrew.krueger@juneauempire.com.

REGION V TOURNAMENT

CLASS 3A BOYS

CHIEFS 76, BRAVES 68

Friday's Region V-Class 3A tournament boys championship game from Mount Edgecumbe High School

METLAKATLA (76) - Beau Hayward 6 5-6 19, Chris Bryant 6 7-9 24, Shane Martinez 6 4-7 19, Bryan Hayward 2 4-8 8, Gilmore White 1 0-0 2, Layte Hudson 1 2-2 4. Totals: 22 22-32 76.

MOUNT EDGECUMBE (68) - Tommy Stasenko 0 0-0 0, Matt Mercier 4 3-6 14, Cliff Shellabarger 0 0-0 0, Warren Kushin 1 0-0 2, Jory Peterson 0 0-0 0, Teddy Cruise 1 1-3 3, Josh Thomas 2 2-2 7, Brandon Thomas 3 0-0 6, Scott Patkotak 4 2-2 10, George Beans 3 0-0 9, Max Shellabarger 6 1-1 17. Totals: 24 9-14 68.

METLAKATLA 14 16 21 25 - 76

MOUNT EDGECUMBE 14 17 16 21 - 68

3-point goals - Metlakatla 10 (Bryant 5, Martinez 3, Beau Hayward 2), Mount Edgecumbe 11 (M. Shellabarger 4, Mercier 3, Beans 3, J. Thomas 1). Fouled out - Metlakatla 0, Mount Edgecumbe 1 (J. Thomas). Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Metlakatla 17, Mount Edgecumbe 23.

VIKINGS 90, PANTHERS 47

Friday's Region V-Class 3A tournament third-fourth place boys game from Mount Edgecumbe High School

CRAIG (47) - Brenden Harding 2 0-0 6, Louis Isaacs 2 4-7 8, Brian Kanen 0 1-2 1, Troy Sharp 1 0-1 2, Eric Hamilton 3 0-0 7, Nick Jones 2 0-0 6, Kelvin Vaughan 2 0-1 4, Alexie Gamble 5 1-2 13, Phillip Pierce 0 0-0 0, Miike Demmert 0 0-0 0, Charles Deffenbaugh 0 0-0 0, Corby Weyhmiller 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 6-14 47.

PETERSBURG (90) - Jon Randrup 4 5-7 13, Blake Buotte 0 0-0 0, Cody Bell 3 0-0 6, Stuart Meeks 1 0-0 3, Cody Peterson 0 0-1 0, Jeb Phillips 6 1-2 14, Matthew Short 0 3-4 3, Kyle Skinner 5 4-5 17, Bryce Covington 0 0-0 0, Chris McFadyen 5 1-4 11, Sam Jensen 5 5-6 15, Kalen Williams 4 0-0 8. Totals: 33 19-29 90.

CRAIG 5 18 15 11 - 47

PETERSBURG 22 20 22 26 - 90

3-point goals - Craig 7 (Jones 2, Gamble 2, Harding 2, Hamilton 1), Petersburg 5 (Skinner 3, Meeks 1, Phillips 1). Fouled out - Craig 1 (Gamble), Petersburg 0. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Craig 18, Petersburg 14.

WOLVES 63, GLACIER BEARS 43

Friday's Region V-Class 3A tournament fifth-sixth place boys game from Mount Edgecumbe High School

HAINES (43) - Tyler Ferrin 1 0-0 2, Chad Stigen 2 0-0 5, David Berry 1 0-2 2, Nathan Narum 2 0-0 4, Daniel Stickler 4 1-2 12, Erik Stickler 1 0-0 5, Bryan Combs 0 0-0 0, Will Egolf 3 4-6 10, Chauncey Stigen 0 0-0 0, Wayne Stickler 0 3-4 3, Tom Ward 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 8-14 43.

WRANGELL (63) - Jordan Buness 0 0-0 0, Gordon McCloskey 3 2-5 9, Colin Buness 0 0-0 0, Chris Haggard 3 2-2 9, Harry Churchill 2 0-0 6, Joe Rugo 0 1-2 1, Gregg Wilson 6 3-6 16, Mike Howell 1 0-0 2, Spencer Stavee 1 0-0 2, Dwight Yancey 6 4-8 16, Rory Prunella 1 0-0 2. Totals: 23 12-23 63.

HAINES 12 10 8 13 - 43

WRANGELL 15 14 12 22 - 63

3-point goals - Haines 5 (D. Stickler 3, Chad Stigen 1, Erik Stickler 1), Wrangell 5 (Churchill 2, Wilson 1, McCloskey 1, Haggard 1). Fouled out - Haines 1 (E. Stickler), Wrangell 0. Technical fouls - Haines 1 (Egolf), Wrangell 0. Total fouls - Haines 14, Wrangell 17.



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