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Juneau boys make it the state finals

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2002

ANCHORAGE -- Shooters keep shooting.

Juneau's Curtis Lane went into the locker room at halftime with no points. He was a big donut -- 0-for-5 shooting from the field and 0-for-4 from 3-point range in the Crimson Bears' semifinal game against Wasilla on Friday night.

But Juneau head coach George Houston never lost confidence in his prized shooter.

Lane didn't let his coach down as he sparked Juneau's late-game rally with a pair of 3-pointers to lead the Bears to a absolutely amazing 59-56 win over the Warriors. Lane hit another trey in the overtime period and Bryan Hamey added a pair of 3-pointers of his own as the Juneau shooters stunned the crowd at Sullivan Arena.

"If he starts hitting I'm a great coach," Houston said. "If not, then I'm playing in the early game. But he started hitting and Bryan Hamey hit some big shots again."

Juneau moves into its third state championship game in the past six years. The Crimson Bears will play the top-ranked Bartlett Golden Bears, who defeated Dimond 51-33, in Saturday's 9 p.m. championship game.

Friday's game was a rubber match between the two teams. Juneau won the first meeting, a 66-59 decision at the East Anchorage T-Bird Classic on Jan. 24. Wasilla won the second game, 50-47, in an Alaska School Activities Association endowment fund game that didn't count towards the teams' official records.

The Warriors had a giant height advantage, mainly due to their starting center Ray Schafer, who stands 6-foot-11. They also had one of the state's best all-around players in 6-foot-4 Adam Fitt-Chappell. But Juneau's constant pressure took its toll on Wasilla late in the game.

In the end, it was the Bears' 3-point shooting and some fortunate offensive rebounds off free throws that kept Wasilla coach Chuck Martin winless against Juneau and coach Houston in the state tournament. Fitt-Chappell had one last shot for a tie at the buzzer, but it fell short.

"I don't know what it is," Martin said. "We win the regular-season games and he wins the big ones at the state tournament."

Hamey led the Bears in scoring with 14 points and Junior Cumlat scored 11 to go along with four steals. Lane finished with 10 points. Wasilla was led by Schafer's 19 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots, while Fitt-Chappell scored 12 points and Clayton McCaul scored nine points off the bench.

"It was just a hell of a ballgame," Houston said. "Chuck (Martin) gets his team to play really hard and we've been just fortunate. I can't explain it any other way. It's just one of those things."

Jeff Kasper can be reached at jkasper@juneauempire.com.

Editor's note: A full-length version of Juneau's win over Wasilla and Saturday's state title game will run in the Sunday's edition of the Juneau Empire.

CRIMSON BEARS 59, WARRIORS 56, OT

Friday's boys Class 4A semifinal game

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (59) -- Julius Cumlat 4-6 1-2 11, Joseph 1-1 0-2 2, Ryan Monagle 3-6 1-2 7, Sterling Henderson 0-0 0-0 0, Alex Heumann 0-0 0-0 0, Nikolas Hura 0-0 0-0 0, Bryan Hamey 4-8 2-2 14, Craig Kitka 0-1 0-0 0, Curtis Lane 3-13 1-3 10, Byron Wild 4-9 1-4 9, Jacob Miller 2-4 2-2 6, Ray Zimmer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-48 8-17 59.

WASILLA (56) -- Cody Scheirman 1-2 1-2 4, Clayton McCaul 3-7 0-0 9, Aaron Roth 0-0 0-0 0, Kent Shorey 0-0 0-0 0, Scott Faeo 0-3 4-4 4, Travis Webb 3-7 2-4 8, Adam Fitt-Chappell 5-11 1-2 12, Adrian Furman 0-0 0-0 0, Jake Collins 0-1 0-0 0, Luke Shafer 0-0 0-0 0, Mason Heibel 0-1 0-0 0, Ray Shafer 6-10 7-8 19. Totals: 18-42 15-20 56.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 14 12 7 15 11 -- 59

WASILLA 13 16 9 10 8 -- 56

3-point goals -- Juneau-Douglas 9-20 (Hamey 4-7, Lane 3-11, Cumlat 2-2), Wasilla 5-9 (McCaul 3-5, Scheirman 1-1, Fitt-Chappell 1-3). Rebounds -- Juneau-Douglas 29 (Miller 5), Wasilla 30 (R. Shafer 11, Webb 6). Assists -- Juneau-Douglas 7 (Miller 2, Lane 2, Monagle 2), Wasilla 9 (Fitt-Chappell 3, Scheirman 2). Turnovers -- Juneau-Douglas 11 (Ayers 2, Lane 2), Wasilla 16 (Faeo 4, Collins 3). Blocked shots -- Juneau-Douglas 1 (Wild 1), Wasilla 6 (R. Shafer 5, Fitt-Chappell 1). Steals -- Juneau-Douglas 9 (Cumlat 4, Hamey 2, Lane 2), Wasilla 6 (Faeo 3, R. Shafer 2). Fouled out -- Juneau-Douglas 0, Wasilla 1 (Collins). Technical fouls -- None. Total fouls -- Juneau-Douglas 16, Wasilla 22.



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