Craig seniors, coach go out winners

Panthers beat Vikings for their second straight Region V-Class 3A crown

Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2003

KETCHIKAN - Craig High School boys basketball coach James Carle has led this year's Panther seniors since they were in the sixth grade.

And thanks to a 71-54 win over Petersburg in Friday's Region V-Class 3A boys championship game that gave Craig its second straight region title, they're all going out on top.

"This is the best one, the sweetest one, for this group to be going out champions," said Carle, who is stepping down as coach at season's end.

Craig and Petersburg will participate in the Class 3A state tournament later this week in Anchorage.

Craig senior Ray Douville put on another great show - though he missed a dunk attempt - in scoring a game-high 23 points. Senior Jordan Savage added 22 points.

"I still wanted another one," Douville said of his thoughts after winning the region title last season. "And we're still looking for more this season."

Carle attributed his team's success to strong defense and to the guidance of senior Freddy Hamilton out on the floor.

"Freddy is such a floor general," he said. "He controls everything, he calms everyone down."

Craig led 29-24 at the half, but Petersburg drew within three points in the third quarter. The Panthers went on a 6-0 run late in the third, and as Petersburg found itself trailing in the fourth the Vikings started to try long passes - many of which were intercepted by Craig.

"Toward the end of the game they started making mistakes and we started capitalizing on them," Douville said.

Petersburg was led by 19 points from Danny Montgomery. The Vikings' 6-foot-8 center Aaron Severson added 10.

Petersburg coach Rick Brock said his team got a little anxious at times. It was the first time this group of Viking players had been in the championship game, while Craig had been there the previous two seasons.

"Their experience really showed in the ballgame," Brock said of Craig. "That whole group has been there three times in a row, and they were able to hold their composure most of the game."

Third-fourth place

Chiefs 68, Wolves 62

Metlakatla's Layte Hudson converted a three-point play with two minutes to go in the fourth quarter to break a 60-60 tie, and Beau Hayward went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe in the final 30 seconds to clinch the Chiefs' 68-62 victory over Wrangell on Friday in the region tourney's third-fourth place game.

Hayward led Metlakatla with 20 points, while Jarret Leask chipped in 15 and Chris Bryant added 11 points.

Tony Marriott scored 15 points to lead Wrangell before fouling out with three minutes to play in the fourth quarter. Woody Woodworth added 13 points for the Wolves.

Metlakatla earned its win at the free-throw line, converting on 28 of 42 chances. Wrangell went 8-for-14 from the line.

Fifth-sixth place

Glacier Bears 50, Braves 45

Matt Blood hit two free throws with 24 seconds left, then stole the ball and scored with 15 seconds to go Friday to clinch the first region tournament victory in three years for the Haines boys.

The Glacier Bears defeated the Mount Edgecumbe Braves, 50-45, in the tourney's fifth-sixth place game.

"The kids played with a lot of guts and a lot of heart, especially the seniors," Haines coach Greg Stigen said.

Blood's efforts gave the Glacier Bears a six-point edge after both teams struggled from the field during the game.

"It's what you always dream of," he said of being in the situation to put away the game.

Blood, Chad Stigen and Erick Stickler - a freshman - led Haines with 11 points each.

Matthew Mercier led Mount Edgecumbe with 14 points, while Alan Ticket added 11. Both players hit three 3-pointers apiece.

Andrew Krueger can be reached at akrueger@juneauempire.com.

REGION V-CLASS 3A BOYS

PANTHERS 71, VIKINGS 54

Friday's championship game from Ketchikan High School

CRAIG (71) - Eric Hamilton 5 1-2 11, Brian Kanen 0 0-0 0, Alexei Gamble 0 0-0 0, Jordan Savage 8 6-8 22, Louis Isaacs 0 1-2 1, Freddy Hamilton III 2 2-2 8, Scott Duncan 0 0-0 0, Gerry Gamble 1 0-2 2, Ryan Jones 2 0-0 4, Adam Johnson 0 0-0 0, Ray Douville 8 7-11 23, Nick Jones 0 0-0 0. Totals: 26 17-27 71.

PETERSBURG (54) - Danny Montgomery 5 5-6 19, Jon Randrup 2 2-5 7, Cody Bell 2 2-3 7, Jeb Phillips 2 1-2 5, Casey Knight 0 0-0 0, Kyle Skinner 0 0-0 0, Bryce Covington 0 0-0 0, Chris McFadyen 0 0-0 0, Sam Jensen 0 0-0 0, Aaron Severson 5 0-0 10, Zac Carter 3 0-0 6. Totals: 19 11-16 54.

CRAIG 9 22 13 5 - 59

PETERSBURG 8 16 10 20 - 54

3-point goals - Craig 2 (F. Hamilton 2), Petersburg 5 (Montgomery 4, Randrup 1). Fouled out - Craig 0, Petersburg 2 (Phillips, Skinner). Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Craig 16, Petersburg 23.

CHIEFS 68, WOLVES 62

Friday's third-fourth place game from Ketchikan High School

WRANGELL (62) - Jeremy Stolley 3 1-1 7, Gordon McClosky 4 1-2 10, Mike Villarma 4 0-0 9, Jared Gross 0 0-0 0, Mark Peterman 0 0-0 0, Greg Wilson 1 0-0 2, Tony Marriott 5 5-8 15, Mitch Michener 0 0-0 0, David Wilson 2 0-1 4, Dwight Yancy 1 0-0 2, Woody Woodworth 6 1-2 13. Totals: 26 8-14 62.

METLAKATLA (68) - Beau Hayward 5 9-10 20, Blaz Horne 0 0-0 0, Shane Martinez 0 0-0 0, Ronald Brendible 2 1-2 5, Bryan Hayward 2 3-4 8, Jarret Leask 4 6-13 15, Layte Hudson 2 1-2 5, Jared Johnson 1 1-2 4, Chris Bryant 2 7-9 11, Roy Nathan 0 0-0 0, Clifton Guthrie 0 0-0 0, Chris Nathan 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 27-37 74.

WRANGELL 14 23 11 14 - 62

METLAKATLA 19 19 12 18 - 68

3-point goals - Wrangell 2 (McClosky 1, Villarma 1), Metlakatla 4 (Beau Hayward 1, Bryan Hayward 1, Leask 1, Johnson 1). Fouled out - Wrangell 4 (McClosky, Villarma, G. Wilson, Marriott), Metlakatla 0. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Wrangell 32, Metlakatla 17.

GLACIER BEARS 50, BRAVES 45

Friday's fifth-sixth place game from Ketchikan High School

MOUNT EDGECUMBE (45) - Matthew Mercier 4 3-5 14, Arthur Agayar 1 0-0 2, Oscar Active 2 0-0 5, Arnie Nelson 0 0-0 0, Darin Olanna 1 0-0 2, Alan Ticket 3 2-4 11, Scott Patkotak 2 1-1 5, Peter Golia 1 1-1 4. Totals: 15 7-11 45.

HAINES (50) - David Berry 0 2-2 2, Chad Stigen 5 0-0 11, Tim Kaloostian 3 0-0 7, Chris Stigen 0 0-0 0, Fred Chambers-Piper 0 0-0 0, Matt Blood 4 2-2 11, Erick Stickler 3 4-5 11, Tyrell Horton 3 1-1 8. Totals: 18 9-10 52.

MOUNT EDGECUMBE 4 17 15 9 - 45

HAINES 8 11 16 15 - 50

3-point goals - Mount Edgecumbe 8 (Mercier 3, Ticket 3, Active 1, Golia 1), Haines 5 (Chad Stigen 1, Kaloostian 1, Stickler 1, Blood 1, Horton 1). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Mount Edgecumbe 10, Haines 12.



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