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Palmer eliminates Ketchikan in Friday's consolation action

Posted: Sunday, March 21, 2004

ANCHORAGE - The Ketchikan High School boys left the Class 4A state basketball tournament a humbler, but educated team.

The Kings on Friday suffered their second straight state rout - a 70-52 loss to the Palmer Moose in the consolation bracket - but the two-and-out experience taught the returning Ketchikan players some important lessons.

"'Seniors, you made it this year. Underclassmen, you know what it takes to be competitive up here,'" Ketchikan coach Doug Nausid said he told his team after the game. "It's a commitment. They're going to have to work in the off-season, show some determination."

"Now we know what is expected of us when we come up here," junior Tyler Richardson said. "It was a learning experience to build on for next year."

Palmer jumped to a 24-12 lead after the first quarter, and the Moose led 43-27 at halftime as the Kings were unable to stop Palmer senior Stanley Ratcliff, who finished with 26 points and nine rebounds.

The Kings cut down on their turnovers - they committed just 13 against the Moose after losing the ball 33 times against Bartlett - but could not overcome the early deficit.

Richardson - battling a cold for several days - led Ketchikan (15-14) with 19 points and seven rebounds, while senior Nate Norton added 10 points and junior Charles Altman scored seven. Junior Jesse LeBeau, who won the tournament's 3-point shooting contest, had six assists for Ketchikan.

Nausid said the Kings - who this season had not played an in-state game outside of Southeast until the state tournament - will play a stronger schedule next year to get used to different styles of play.

"They play a little more physical up here, especially on the guards - a lot of pushing, slapping," Richardson said. "They weren't fully expecting that."

"Everything has to be faster (up north), at a quicker pace," junior Derek Clark said.

Ketchikan will return four of its five starters next season.

"We only had four seniors (this year)," Clark said. "Pretty much the whole team is coming back. ... It looks like we're going to have an awesome team. (We'll have) a post, a guard who can take it to anybody. We should be an all-around team."

This season's accomplishments - including winning the school's first Region V-Class 4A title in 15 years - will provide plenty of incentive to improve, Richardson said.

"A lot of guys worked hard last summer," he said. "Now they'll work twice as hard."

• Andrew Krueger can be reached at andrew.krueger@juneauempire.com.

CLASS 4A BOYS

MOOSE 70, KINGS 52

Friday's Class 4A boys state tournament consolation bracket game from Anchorage's Sullivan Arena

KETCHIKAN (52) - Thomas Montgomery 0-0 0-0 0, Jesse LeBeau 1-10 2-4 4, Derek Clark 2-4 0-2 5, Sean Maynard 0-0 0-0 0, Matt Boyd 0-0 0-0 0, Casey Bass 0-2 2-2 2, John Steward 1-1 0-0 3, Andrew Kolanko 1-3 0-0 2, Charles Altman 2-4 2-2 7, Nate Norton 4-12 2-2 10, Tyler Richardson 7-15 4-6 19. Totals: 18-51 12-16 52.

PALMER (70) - Robert Daly 1-1 0-0 3, Cole Jacobson 1-1 0-0 2, Julius Draughon 0-2 0-1 0, Charlie Bentii 2-5 4-6 8, Jesse Prins 5-11 2-4 14, Brandon Gaines 2-6 0-0 5, Jeremy Weber 0-1 0-0 0, Stanley Ratcliff 11-16 4-6 26, Junior Amuvae 0-0 1-2 1, David Doerr 0-2 0-0 0, Willie Ratcliff 0-1 0-0 0, Kurtis Devon 4-13 3-4 11. Totals: 26-59 14-23 70.

KETCHIKAN 12 15 5 20 - 52

PALMER 24 19 9 19 - 70

3-point goals - Ketchikan 4-10 (Steward 1-1, Altman 1-1, Richardson 1-1, Clark 1-2, Kolanko 0-1, Norton 0-1, LeBeau 0-3), Palmer 4-9 (Prins 2-3, Daly 1-1, Gaines 1-3, Draughon 0-1, Doerr 0-1). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Ketchikan 20, Palmer 14.



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