Carlos Boozer may be staring at Duke instead of Juneau, but the Crimson Bears boys basketball team still knows how to win without the former star.
On Friday, Juneau won its eighth straight Region V-Class 4A title by defeating Sitka 74-40 in Ketchikan.
The victory earned Juneau a trip to the state tournament in Anchorage March 23-25, where the Crimson Bears have won state championships two of the last three years.
Senior Evan Tromble led the Crimson Bears with 14 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists despite two taped ankles and a nagging groin injury.
``There's always the expectation at Juneau that we'll go to state,'' Tromble said. ``Right now we're all clicking. State is going to be a lot of fun. All the teams can win it. There's not one really dominate team like there's been in past years.''
Juniors James Severin and Jon Chapman scored 10 points each, while sophomores Ryan Monagle and Curtis Lane each had eight. Every player from Juneau scored at least a point.
Juneau controlled the game from the outset, jumping out to leads of 12-2, 14-4 and 22-7 before ending the first quarter with a 23-10 advantage. The Crimson Bears led 41-21 at halftime and 61-27 at the end of the third quarter before coasting in the fourth quarter.
``We came out to play,'' Severin said. ``And when we come out to play we're a pretty good team.''
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