The defending champion Kake Oldtimers proved it will again be the team to beat in the Legendary C Bracket with a dominating 104-85 win over Angoon Sunday at the 62nd annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament.
The Oldtimers wasted little time after the tip as Rudy Bean and Wayne Friday each hit a pair of 3-pointers, racing to a 12-0 run to start the game. Kake increased its lead to 51-36 at halftime. Bean finished the game with a team-high 23 points, including four 3-pointers while Friday scored 21 with five 3s.
"Everybody knows our style," Bean said. "We have a lot of outside shooters who can shoot the 3. We're always looking for the shooter on the arc."
Angoon came out in the second half inspired and closed the gap to 53-42 two minutes into the period. But a 25-6 run capped off by two quick Kip Howard layups put Kake up 78-48, sealing Angoon's fate.
The Oldtimers led by as much as 91-54 before coasting in the final five minutes of the contest. Mike Martin finished with 12 points, Howard and Jay Peterson scored 10 each and Rick Austin added nine points to round out Kake's leading scorers.
Angoon was led by Frank Jack III with a game-high 36 points and seven 3-pointers while Ed Jack, DeAndre King and Jay Booth each contributed 12 points for Angoon, who played just seven players.
Even with a strong first game, Kake knows it will be a tough journey to another championship.
"All we worry about is our game," Bean said. "A lot of teams really can't match with our style, but it just takes one good game from the other team and one bad game from us and we're in the loser bracket. We just got to stay focused."
Kake will face Filipino Community in the quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. today. Angoon plays Juneau ANB at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the loser's bracket.
Jeff Kasper is a freelance writer and former Empire sportswriter. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.