Defending champs open with win

Kake Tlingit Heat hold off strong Yakutat squad in B Bracket

Posted: Monday, March 21, 2005

While most people were still cooking their eggs and hash browns Sunday morning, the Kake Tlingit Heat fired up their run at a second straight B Bracket championship at the 59th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Kake posted an 83-70 win over Yakutat in the tournament's opening round at Juneau-Douglas High School. The game was a close one; Kake took a narrow 39-37 lead at the half and extended the margin to 12 points with eight minutes gone in the second half, but pesky Yakutat refused to give in.

"I think it was our mix of experience and young legs," said Heat guard and team quarterback Rudy Bean. "Yakutat is one of the most talented teams in the bracket, and they're tall. They're just maybe one player away."

In Sunday's other B Bracket games, Hoonah ANB beat Metlakatla 86-74, Haines Merchants defeated Klawock 109-95, and the Hydaburg Haida beat Angoon ANB 108-107 in overtime on Sid Edenshaw's tip-in at the buzzer.

Today's winners bracket matchups are Kake vs. Hoonah at 4 p.m., and Haines vs. Angoon at 9 p.m.

In the Kake-Yakutat game, Bean canned 17 points, including 2-of-4 from three-point range in the second half; The Heat canned 9-of-23 overall from beyond the arc. Bean's play-calling and experience in dictating the flow of the game were invaluable in helping the heat fend off Yakutat's repeated runs.

Backcourt-mate and first-year Heat player Anthony Dolan was equally difficult for Yakutat to handle, scoring a team-high 26 points on a variety of mid-range jumpers and slashes to the hoop - he added a team-high six rebounds to boot.

"We knew they really had some big guys, we wanted to focus on blocking out and playing good defense," Dolon said. "And we really like to get up and run."

That they do, and they have the roster to accomodate such a plan. Kake comes at teams in waves. With a deep bench and lots of athleticism, their quick hands on defense lead to lots of fast-break points. At the free-throw line, the Heat converted 26 of 354, compared to Yakutat's 9-of-15 effort.

Yakutat is equally talented, if not quite as deep. Standout guard Jim Jensen got into foul trouble early and had to spend some time on the bench early in the second half. Not coincidentally, that's when the Heat opened up their biggest lead.

"This was our first game together," said Jensen, who finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. "Half of our guys live in Anchorage, some are down south ... that's the difference. Hopefully we can turn it around."

In a two-and-out tourney, that will need to happen fast.

"Oh, I think we can. We have the talent," said 6-foot-8 Yakutat center Nate Endicott.

Endicott was a thorn in the Heat's side all morning - and early into the afternoon. The rangy post scored a game-high 27 points on a variety of drives and low-post jumpers. And his 17 rebounds helped give Yakutat a decided 44-24 advantage on the glass.

"We missed some easy shots and some cuts and passes, but this was a good game for us," said Endicott, who played high school ball for Yakutat, then played a year of college ball at Brigham Young University-Hawaii and three more at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. "We needed to get a game under our belts. I'm confident in our ability."

The teams traded small leads in a back-and-forth first half. But with Jensen sitting early in the second half, Kake ran off 10 straight points - including a pair of long-range three-point hoops by Heat post Mike Smith (16 points, four rebounds) - to take control of the game.

Yakutat cut the lead to four, but another pair of back-to-back treys by Bean and Dolan upped the margin to 10 points again. A minute later, Dolan's steal-turned-basket gave Kate a 12-point lead with about eight minutes left in the game.

Back came Yakutat. Endicott scored eight points in a 10-2 run to cut the lead to four with 4:30 left. He hit another pair of free throws with 4:00 left in the game to cut the Kake lead to 70-66. It was still a four-point margin with 2:20 left, but the Heat ran off nine straight points in the homestretch to settle matters.

The Heat, which last year won their first B division championship in six years, gave their boisterous early-rising fans no reason to believe that a second straight title wasn't possible.

"There's three or four teams that could win it," Bean said. "It'll come down to who's playing their game, who has the rhythm."

Hydaburg 108, Angoon 107, OT

Sid Edenshaw scored on a tip-in at the buzzer to give Hydaburg a victory over Angoon ANB in overtime in a wild B Bracket finale Sunday.

Edenshaw's bucket kept Angoon's Clayton Edwin from being the hero, as Edwin scored on an off-balance leaner under the basket with 8.2 seconds left in overtime to give Angoon the lead. Edenshaw scored on his second try at a game-winning tip-in.

"I tipped it once, then tried to control it on the second time," Edenshaw said. "I knew it (the shot) was up at the buzzer. It was a lot of heart. It was a lot of heart. It's always nice to win, and we'll be tougher next time out."

Angoon led 54-52 at halftime, but Hydaburg went on an early second-half run and led by about 10-13 points most of the period. Hydaburg still led by 11 points with less than two minutes to go, and it wasn't until Angoon's Jason Frank scored on a dunk with 1:09 left that it appeared Angoon might have a chance.

Frank then hit two free throws and Curtis Lane hit a 3-pointer from the left corner to make it a one-point game, 96-95 with 42.9 seconds to go in regulation. After Sid Edenshaw missed two free throws, Frank Jack hit a 3-pointer to give Angoon a 98-96 lead with 16.7 seconds left. Devin Edenshaw scored with 7.0 seconds left to force the overtime. Both teams had leads in the overtime, though Angoon led most of the extra period.

Matt Carle scored 30 points to lead Hydaburg, while Darren Edenshaw had 25 points and Devin Edenshaw and Sid Edenshaw scored 21 points apiece.

Lane scored 23 points and hit seven 3-pointers to lead Angoon, while Edwin had 21 points, Stan Johnson and Jack scored 16 each and Guy Hunter added 15 points.

Hoonah ANB 86, Metlakatla 74

Nate Strong scored 26 points and Travis Dybdahl added 21 as perennial B Bracket contender Hoonah ANB beat Metlakatla.

Hoonah won the bracket in 2002 and finished second the last two years. Lucas Johnson scored 15 points and Kamal Lindoff added 11 for Hoonah, which led 42-30 at the half. Dustin Booth scored 26 points an Chris Booth chipped in 13 for Metlakatla.

Haines Merchants 109, Klawock 95

Stuart Dewitt scored 25 points, and Ben Egolf and Jason Shull added 19 apiece as the Haines Merchants started their quest to regain the B Bracket title by beating Klawock in a high-scoring game.

The Merchants, who won the B title in 2003, also got 15 points from Andrew Friske. Klawock, which led 54-52 at halftime, was led by a game-high 37 points from Raymond Douville and 19 from Freddy Hamilton. Douville and Hamilton were teammates on the Craig High School basketball team that won a state title in 2003.

KAKE TLINGIT HEAT 83, YAKUTAT 70

Sunday's B Bracket game from JDHS

YAKUTAT (70) - Nate Endicott 11 5-7 27, Jim Jensen 5 2-4 12, Jake Endicott 0 0-0 0, Ralph Johnson 1 0-0 2, Wayne Gray 0 0-0 0, Mike Jensen 0 0-0 0, Dustin Endicott 2 0-0 4, Damien Long 5 2-2 12, Ahpa Porter 3 0-1 8, Anthony Schmidt 2 0-1 5, Martin Sensmeier 0 0-0 0. Totals: 29 9-15 70.

KAKE TLINGIT HEAT (83) - Rudy Bean 4 6-6 17, Nick Davis 0 0-0 0, Mike Smith 4 6-8 16, Anthony Dolan 10 5-6 26, Lloyd Davis 2 4-4 9, Brandon Jackson 2 3-8 7, David Watkins 0 0-0 0, Aaron Loges 1 2-2 5, Jay Peterson 1 0-1 3, Kyle Anderson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 26-35 83.

YAKUTAT 37 33 - 70

KAKE TLINGIT HEAT 39 44 - 83

3-point goals - Yakutat 3 (Porter 2, Schmidt 1), Kake Tlingit Heat 9 (Bean 3, Smith 2, Dolan 1, L. Davis 1, Loges 1, Peterson 1). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Yakutat 23, Kake Tlingit Heat 17.

HOONAH 86, METLAKATLA 74

Sunday's B Bracket game from JDHS

HOONAH (86) - Travis Dybdahl 8 3-3 21, Russell Dick 0 0-0 0, Nate Strong 11 2-2 26, Kamal Lindoff 2 6-6 11, James Wilson 3 1-2 8, Dave Lindoff 1 0-0 2, Andy Gray 0 0-0 0, Paul Johanson 0 0-0 0, Michael Mills 0 0-0 0, Albert Hinchman 0 0-0 0, Lucas Johnson 6 1-2 15, Anthony Lindoff 1 0-0 3. Totals: 32 13-15 86.

METLAKATLA (74) - Dustin Booth 8 8-9 26, Chevy Cook 5 0-0 12, Shane Martinez 5 0-0 11, Chris Booth 5 1-1 13, Anthony Gogart 4 0-0 8, Marty Martinez 0 0-0 0, Frank Guthrie 2 0-0 4, Clayton Milton 0 0-0 0. Totals: 29 9-10 74.

HOONAH 42 44 - 86

METLAKATLA 30 44 - 74

3-point goals - Hoonah 9 (Dybdahl 2, Strong 2, Johnson 2, K. Lindoff 1, Wilson 1, A. Lindoff 1), Metlakatla 7 (D. Booth 2, Cook 2, C. Booth 2, S. Martinez 1). Fouled out - Hoonah 1 (Dick), Metlakatla 2 (S. Martinez, Guthrie). Technical fouls - Hoonah 1 (Dick 1), Metlakatla 0. Total fouls - Hoonah 14, Metlakatla 15.

HAINES MERCHANTS 109, KLAWOCK 95

Sunday's B Bracket game from JDHS

HAINES MERCHANTS (109) - Andrew Friske 5 3-4 15, Stuart DeWitt 8 5-6 25, Brian Friske 1 1-2 3, Luck Dunbar 4 1-1 9, Jesse McGraw 0 0-0 0, Ben Egolf 8 3-6 19, Brian Elliott 2 2-2 6, David Buss 1 0-0 2, Kevin Thompson 1 0-0 3, Tyler Healy 3 2-5 8, Jason Shull 5 8-8 19. Totals: 38 25-34 109.

KLAWOCK (95) - Kyle Ebbighausen 1 0-0 2, Raymond Douville 13 10-16 37, Freddy Hamilton 7 3-10 19, Shawn Kato-Yates 4 2-2 11, Jason Smith 1 0-0 2, Shawn Williams 4 1-3 9, George Huffine 3 2-2 9, Doug Edenshaw 2 1-2 6, Curtis Demmert 0 0-0 0, Ralph Wolf 0 0-0 0, Tom Mills 0 0-0 0, Rick Smith 0 0-0 0. Totals: 35 19-35 95.

HAINES MERCHANTS 52 57 - 109

KLAWOCK 54 41 - 95

3-point goals - Haines Merchants 8 (DeWitt 4, A. Friske 2, Thompson 1, Shull 1), Klawock 6 (Hamilton 2, Douville 1, Kato-Yates 1, Huffine 1, Edenshaw 1). Fouled out - Haines Merchants 0, Klawock 1 (Douville). Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Haines Merchants 24, Klawock 27.

HYDABURG 108, ANGOON ANB 107, OT

Sunday's B Bracket game from JDHS

HYDABURG (108) - Travis Young 2 0-0 5, Matt Carle 9 8-10 30, Darren Edenshaw 11 1-2 25, Devin Edenshaw 6 6-7 21, Sid Edenshaw 6 9-13 21, Joe Young 1 1-2 3, John Carle 1 0-0 3, Jamall Travis 0 0-0 0, Al Nix 0 0-0 0, Archie Young 0 0-0 0, Harold Dilts 0 0-0 0, Vinny Edenshaw 0 0-0 0. Totals: 36 25-34 108.

ANGOON ANB (107) - Clayton Edwin 9 2-6 21, Steve Jack 0 0-0 0, Edward Kookesh 0 0-0 0, Stan Johnson 5 5-7 16, Levi Johnson 2 1-2 6, Jason Frank 2 2-2 6, Guy Hunter 5 4-6 15, Travis Woodbury 2 0-1 4, Frank Lane 0 0-0 0, Frank Jack 6 0-0 16, Curtis Lane 8 0-0 23. Totals: 41 14-24 107.

HYDABURG 52 46 10 - 108

ANGOON ANB 54 44 9 - 107

3-point goals - Hydaburg 11 (M. Carle 4, De. Edenshaw 3, Da. Edenshaw 2, T. Young 1), Angoon ANB 15 (C. Lane 7, F. Jack 4, Hunter 1, L. Johnson 1, S. Johnson 1, Edwin 1). Fouled out - Hydaburg 1 (T. Young), Angoon ANB 0. Technical fouls - Hydaburg 1 (S. Edenshaw 1), Angoon ANB 0. Total fouls - Hydaburg 20, Angoon ANB 27.



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