Hoonah wins at state tourney

Braves are the only Southeast team to advance

Posted: Friday, March 18, 2005

Dustin Bowen hit a jumper with eight seconds left to lift the Hoonah boys to a 76-74 win over Bristol Bay on Thursday in the opening round of the Class 2A state basketball tournament at Service High School in Anchorage.

The Braves were the only one of the four Southeast teams at the tourney to win Thursday. The Kake boys lost to Unalakleet, the Yakutat girls were edged by Point Hope-Tikigaq in overtime and the Skagway girls fell to five-time defending state champion Ninilchik.

Hoonah will face Point Hope-Tikigaq at 3:30 p.m. today in a boys semifinal. The winner of that game advances to the Class 2A boys state championship game at 9:15 p.m. Saturday.

The Braves led 39-27 at halftime Thursday, and were ahead by 13 points in the second half before the Angels rallied to tie the game three different times in the fourth quarter. The teams went back-and-forth in the final minute before Bowen sank the game-winner.

Bowen led Hoonah with 25 points, while D.J. Lindstrom added 21 and Devin Moritz had 19 for Hoonah (23-2 overall).

For complete tournament details, look on the Web at www.asaa.org.

In other games:

• The Kake boys fell 71-59 to Unalakleet. Kake led 5-0 to start Thursday's game, but fell behind 17-10 after the first quarter and 39-24 at halftime and could not recover. Derek Knudsen scored a game-high 27 points and Tim Demmert added 16 for Kake (15-8 overall). The Thunderbirds will face Tok in the consolation bracket at 11:20 a.m. today.

"I've seen us play a lot better," Kake coach Scott Jackson said. "We gave them a good run at the end of the game. It's a young team. We'll build on this."

• The Yakutat girls rallied from a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime, where Point Hope-Tikigaq hung on for the 47-46 win.

Yakutat trailed by as many as 12 points in the game before using their press defense to get back in the game. The Eagles suffered from poor free-throw shooting; they were 9-for-26 from the line.

Jacquoi James scored 18 points and Heidi Esbenshade added 16 for Yakutat (16-7 overall), which will play Tri-Valley in the consolation round at 8 a.m. today.

"I felt like we were the better team but we just didn't show it today," Yakutat coach Joe Klushkan said. "We will finish out strong the rest of the way."

• The Skagway girls beat Ninilchik during the regular season, but Ninilchik dominated Skagway for a 42-21 win.

The Wolverines led 17-10 at halftime. After Skagway scored the first basket of the second half, Ninilchik went on a 15-4 run to put the game away.

Tiffanie Potter scored eight points and Savannah Ames added seven for Skagway (21-2 overall), which will play Unalakleet at 9:40 a.m. today in the consolation bracket.

• Jeff Brady of the Skagway News contributed to this report. The Juneau Empire sports desk can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.

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