It might be a new year for the 65th Annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament, but there’s nothing new about the outcome when Kake hits the floor.
Rudy Bean pumped in 35 points for the Tlingit Heat as the team from Kake rolled a fill-in Juneau team 103-77 for an opening-round win in C-Bracket play on Sunday afternoon at Juneau-Douglas High School.
But Kake had to act late to put this one away after Hydaburg wasn’t able to make the tournament.
After seemingly cruising through the first 30 minutes of the game, the Tlingit Heat began to look like the five-time defending C-Bracket champion as they finsished the game on a 31-15 run to make sure Hydaburg never had a chance.
Bean said his team might have become a little too comfortable with the lead, even though Kake only led by 11 points, 53-42, at the half.
“It’s one of those times in the game where we decided to put it in cruise control, you might say,” he said. “We saw the game tighten up, and we tightened up all the way around.”
Kake led by just seven, 69-62, at the halfway point of the second half, but Bean and teammate Nick Davis led their team on the late, game-clinching charge down the stretch. Davis scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half to help supplement the usual offensive attack of Bean.
“We were ready for the challenge. Every year is a new year for us, we take that approach,” Bean said. “The last five years mean nothing. This is the first game of a long week, and if we play our game we expect good things to happen.”
As for what the Tlingit Heat must do to add yet another championship to the resume, Bean said it’s simple.
“Keep our tempo,” he said. “In most cases, it’s the other teams calling timeouts and getting winded. We’re a little short on the bigs, but we make up for it with short guys coming in and running.”
While Kake lacks interior size, Bean said if he team plays the way it is capable, everything else will work itself out.
“We just have to maintain our tempo, play good defense and rebound,” he said. “You have to focus on those different areas you want to win.
“But it’s no secret what our gameplan is.”
Jay Peterson and Lloyd Davis pitched in 16 and 13 points in the game for Kake, respectively.
Ron Hansen scored 30 points for Juneau as he helped keep his team in the game until Kake pulled away in the final 10 minutes. Art Chappell and Nathaniel Pettis scored 19 and 11 points, respectively.
Juneau Filcom pulls away from Chilkats
The 65th Annual Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament kicked off Sunday morning with a matchup event coordinators hope will be a sign of things to come as the week rolls on.
Juneau Filco and and Klukwan Chilkats battled to a 34-34 tie in the first half of the tournament’s opening game, but Juneau pulled away behind 12 second-half points from Toby Carandang in a 77-69 win. Franz Kugelmann scored 11 of his team-high 16 points in the second half as well. Carandang scored just one point in the first half on his way to 13 points in the game.
Jason Shull and David Buss did their best to keep Klukwan in the game, scoring 19 apiece in the contest.
Juneau Filcom had a well-balanced offensive attack with five players in double figures. Al Tagaban, Ruther Echiverri and Chris LaVallee accounted for 14, 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Hoonah outlasts Hydaburg
It’s clear Hoonah is ready to rebound in this year’s Gold Medal Tournament.
Hoonah ANB and Hydaburg set off B Bracket action with a bang on Sunday afternoon at Juneau-Douglas High School with a 104-98 Hoonah victory.
Travis Dybdahl, David Lindstrom and Mike Schneeburger combined to score 61 points, 48 after halftime, as Hoonah ANB overcame a 43-41 halftime deficit to score 63 second-half points in the win.
The Hoonah trio went off in the second half as Hydaburg was unable to stop the scoring.
Anthony Lindoff and James Wilson scored 14 and 10 points, respectively. Wilson scored all of his points in the first half while Lindoff hit three 3-pointers before the break for nine of his points. Devon Moritz also got in on the balanced attack with 15 points.
For Hydaburg, the offense flowed through its top three players.
The Edenshaws accounted for 81 of the team’s 98 points in the loss. Vinny Edenshaw led the way with 32 points, while Darren and Devin pitched in 26 points and 23 points, respectively.
Yakutat beats up on Shee Atika
Yakutat showed there was no rust on Sunday afternoon in opening-round play of the 65th Annual Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament.
Ralph Johnson and Jerry Ridlington led the way for Yakutat with 23 and 22 points, respectively, and Shee Atika was never able to make up a nine-point halftime deficit as Yakutat won convincingly, 77-58.
Mike Jensen and Vince Jacobsen both scored in double figures for Yakutat with 15 and 12 points, respectively.
Sean Joslyn, Ed Mercer and Michael Mills led the way for Shee Atika with 18, 16 and 15 points, respectively.
Haines handles Kake
Kake put on a show in the second half, but Haines’ 22-point lead at halftime was too much too overcome in the Merchants’ 85-69 win on Sunday in opening-round play.
Haines held on despite allowing 42 second-half points to Kake. But the Merchants’ well-rounded offensive output kept its opponents at bay.
Kyle Rush, Andrew Friske and Ben Egolf each scored 18 points for Haines, while teammate Tyler Healy accounted for 14 points.
Kake’s Lance Doake scored 28 points in the game to lead all scorers, but was the only player in double figures for the Tlingit Warriors.
Late games: Angoon title defense underway
B Bracket — Angoon 111, Klawock 70; Yakutat 72, Klukwan 56.
C Bracket — Hoonah 89, Angoon 86.