Speedy Angoon runs to Mighty B opening win

Posted: Monday, March 17, 2008

In the second half, about the only thing that could slow down Angoon in its 89-69 win over Metlakatla was Stan Johnson Jr. losing a contact lens on the court.

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Angoon outscored Metlakatla 50-26 in the second half to win a Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Mighty B Bracket game on Sunday.

"We just had to calm down," Angoon's Curtis Lane said. "If we play hard we can be all right."

Angoon overcame a slow start against Metlakatla's bigger, taller players to win the game going away.

Metlakatla used its inside power and long-distance shooting to take a 17-5 lead in the first five minutes of the game. Richie Hayward, Mike Henderson and Tre' Ilasa all hit 3-pointers during the run while Bryan Hayward scored inside.

Following a timeout, though, Angoon started to find its groove.

With a mix of youth and experience, Angoon started to attack by driving inside against Metlakatla's taller players. Angoon went on a 10-2 run to cut the lead to 19-17 after the timeout.

"We started slow," Lane said. "We still had to adjust."

With Metlakatla leading 43-39 at halftime, Angoon took over in the second half.

Guy Hunter and Stephen Johnson found room inside to score and dish while Lane and Johnson Jr. heated up from outside.

Lane and Johnson Jr. hit consecutive 3-pointers while Hunter and Stephen Johnson recorded assists during a 14-2 run to open the second half, giving Angoon a 53-45 lead.

The lead continued to swell as Alper Johnson hit two 3-pointers and Angoon made its final six free throws to ice the win.

"We had to get inside and work inside," Hunter said. "It was hard because they had some big guys."

Angoon's team features a mix of young and old. The team includes the majority of last year's Intermediate Bracket championship team. Angoon won the Intermediate Bracket title in 2006 and 2007. That team featured players such as Bailey Johnson, Stephen Johnson and Alper Johnson.

"They bring a lot," Lane said of the Intermediate Bracket players. "Winning two years in a row is saying something. They got to step up like everyone else."

The team also tapped Kevin Mitchell from its Legendary C Bracket team. Mitchell contributed nine points in the win.

For Metlakatla, the team received solid efforts from its two Haywards. Bryan Hayward had a game-high 21 points while Richie Hayward scored 13 points. Henderson added 15 points and Ilasa had 11 points in the loss.

Angoon's Hunter and Lane scored 18 points each to pace their team. Johnson Jr. had 12 points, Alper Johnson scored 10 points, Stephen Johnson and Frank Lane had seven points each, Bailey Johnson scored six points and Levi Johnson Jr. had two points in the win.

Angoon will play Yakutat at 3:30 p.m. today while Metlakatla will take on Klukwan at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in an elimination game.

• Contact sports editor Tim Nichols at 523-2228 or sports@juneauempire.com.



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