There were no early tournament jitters for the two-time defending champion Kake Oldtimers as they pounded Angoon ANS 105-59 on opening day during the 63rd Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.
Kake will play Filcom today at 7:30 p.m. in the C Bracket quarterfinals. Filcom routed Juneau NAPA 85-38 earlier on Sunday. Today's other C Bracket game will feature Sitka Shee Atika against Huna at 2 p.m. at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.
Led by perennial MVP Rudy Bean at the point, Kake established itself early and never looked back. Bean, who frequently scores 40 or more in a game, had a relatively low-scoring game with 28 points. He was able to spread the ball around to his teammates with pin-point passing.
"He pretty much has control most of the game," Wayne Friday said after the victory. "We have such a good team. The chemistry is so good. Rudy just opens it up for all of us."
Kip Howard, Jay Peterson, Nick Davis and Friday all benefited from Bean's crisp passing. Davis had 16 points including 12 in the second half. Friday and Peterson finished with 14 points and Howard added 12.
"These guys can hit the open shot and can make the pass," Bean said. "We've got to be careful and spread the minutes around."
Kake led 22-10 after five minutes of play and extended its lead to 45-21 on a pull-up three-pointer from Bean that forced Angoon to take a timeout. Bean, Howard and Peterson all took a breather, but Friday kept up the pressure with three-straight baskets including a three-pointer to give Kake a 52-21 lead en route to a 52-27 halftime lead.
Friday continued his hot shooting in the second half and teammate Mike Smith, who finished with 8 points, began to heat up. Smith's lay-up with 11:05 to go made it 84-44 and invoked the mercy rule. Once a team leads by 40 points in a game, the clock only stops during time-outs. Two other C Bracket games invoked the mercy rule on Sunday.
Angoon was led by Charlie Frisby with 12 points and Jay Booth scored 10. Phil Daetwiler scored nine, Frank Jack had eight and Jeff Duncan added 7 points to round out Angoon high scorers.
After the game, Bean praised the play of his team and emphasized a team approach for Kake.
"We've been through this 50 times," Bean said. "Everybody knows everybody. It's like we never skip a beat."
Winning the first two games of the tournament gives the benefit of a two-day, mid-week rest. However Bean said his team doesn't necessarily look at it that way.
"We just go out and play," Bean said. "If we lose, we lose and it means we just get more games."
"We just take it one game at a time," Friday said.
In other C Bracket games on Sunday, Sitka Shee Atika trounced Juneau Taku Oil 91-33. Sitka was led by 29 points from James Mercer and 26 from Sean Joslyn. Roger Calloway had led Juneau with 16 points.
In the most competitive C Bracket match of the day, Huna defeated Klukwan 80-67. Showalter Martin led Huna in scoring with 19 while Garvin Martin added 18. Guy Tompkins led Klukwan in scoring with 18.
Filcom routed Juneau NAPA 85-38 behind 20 points from Jim Carson, 15 from John Costello and 14 points from Greg Lockwood. Chris Lavalle led Juneau with 12 points.
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