Three straight for Kake

Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2008

Led by tournament MVP Rudy Bean, Kake captured its third-straight Legendary C Bracket title with a 91-77 win over Klukwan at the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament on Saturday at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

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Bean poured in a game-high 29 points in the win.

Down seven midway through the first half, Bean sparked a Kake 21-6 run to give his team momentum for good. Whether it was running shots in the lane or 3-point daggers, Bean could not be stopped.

Kake built a 20-point lead late in the game, but Klukwan fired back from beyond the 3-point line. Klukwan made seven 3-pointers down the stretch, but Kake held on for the win.

"I think we started to get a bit to fancy, but we knew that we wanted to come out tonight and match their game," Bean said. "Klukwan is a good team, but I think they were a little tired from the night before last."

Kake seamed a bit out of sync and started slow as Klukwan took an early 20-13 lead on a Frank Tompkins bucket. Following a timeout, Kake started to take over as Klukwan's defense lost a step.

"We were tired after a long week and our legs were pretty dead," Guy Tompkins said.

Also influential in Kake's championship run, forward Kip Howard scored 28 points in the contest.

"Tonight's win was a big win for our team and it feels real good," Howard said. "I came into the week with a slightly torn Achilles' tendon, but I wrapped it up today before the game and I felt I was young again."

Leading Klukwan's cavalry on the late charge, Guy Tompkins hit four 3-pointers and scored all 18 of his points in the second half while his brother, Frank, scored a team-high 25 points.

"We just weren't dropping them," Guy Tompkins said. "I thought I would give it a go as we had nothing to lose."

Kake settled down though and made the changes necessary to maintain the lead.

"Tonight we made the right adjustments," Howard said. "The last time we face them, we could not hit the side of a barn and we knew we were a better team then that and tonight we just had to come out and prove it."

Except for a few occasions, Kake's inside presence stifled Klukwan's attempts at working the ball down low for high percentage buckets. Kake center Mike Smith rebounded and propelled the running game with long outlet passes midway through the first half.

"We knew that we could run tonight and that it was just a matter of getting the rebounds by crashing the boards," Smith said.



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