The Rudy Bean show was the evening flick at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym on Monday as Kake outlasted a scrappy Filipino Community team 81-72 in Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Legendary C Bracket action.
Bean was essentially unstoppable, scoring a game-high 48 points to lead the Oldtimers into the Legendary C Bracket semifinals.
At first, it looked as though Filipino Community may have solved the Kake juggernaut with in-your-face defense and denying the outside shot. But the Oldtimers responded with nifty passing combined with Bean's short jumpers and slashing drives, opening up a 41-30 halftime lead.
"We tried to be aggressive right from the start," Bean said. "That team is good - they always play us tough. They are taller and longer, making it harder to get our shots off. It took a while to get going."
Bean's hot shooting put Kake ahead by as many as 21 points in the second half, but Filco showed poise and closed the score to 65-57 with 7:22 to go. That would be as close as they would get as Filipino Community never found an answer to Bean.
"Rudy - that's it, really," Filipino Community coach Mike Lim said. "He's MVP. We tried five different guys on him, but nothing worked."
Bean credited his team after the hard-fought win. Kip Howard finished with 11 points, Wayne Friday score seven and Nick Davis added six for the Oldtimers.
"I have to give the credit to my teammates," Bean said. "Sometimes the shots go in, sometimes they don't."
Ongo Tupou was the leading scorer for Filipino Community with 18 points. Jim Carson scored 17, Al Tagaban had 11, while Doug Drazkowski and Bill Hill each contributed eight points to round out Filco's high scorers.
Filipino Community plays the winner of today's Metlakatla-Hoonah matchup at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Kake gets two days' rest before playing the Klukwan Chilkats on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
"Klukwan will be the same type of game," Bean said. "It will be a battle - a game of attrition."
Jeff Kasper is a freelance writer and former Empire sportswriter. He can be reached at
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