Tension high in Monday's first game

Hoonah wins thriller over Yakutat behind Greg Garcia's 28 points

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The first game of the day between Yakutat and Hoonah in the M bracket set the stage for a full day of basketball as Hoonah escaped with a win in the final seconds in what was a competitive, spirited affair between the two sides.

It was evident both teams wanted this game as the two sides played a physical brand of basketball that created some friendly tension between the squads.

Louie White, Jr., hit two free throws for Hoonah with the game on the line and his team down by one point with four seconds remaining. Ethan Billings' last-second, deep three-pointer bounced off the back of the rim for Yakutat and Hoonah pulled it out in what was a thriller of a game.

Moments earlier, with just more than a minute to play, Hoonah's Ken Willard, Jr., hit a three-pointer with his team down by one. Willard, Jr., had come in as a substitute for leading scorer Greg Garcia who had fouled out.

Garcia finished the game with 28 points, including six three-pointers, but fouled out with more than five minutes to play. Klas Stolpe was the second-leading scorer with 18 points.

Hoonah had great outside shooting, which was the difference-maker in the game. Hoonah's nine three-pointers gave them a boost as Yakutat only managed two three-pointers on the day.

Hoonah was 17-24 from the free throw line while Yakutat shot themselves in the foot from the charity stripe going 17-32 from the line.

Hoonah took a five-point lead into halftime and opened the second half with a 6-0 run that gave them their largest lead of the game at 11 points. Yakutat fought back into the game behind 17 points from Jow Klushkan and 13 hard-earned points inside from big man Ken Kreitser.

Kreitser's putback at the mid-point of the second half gave Yakutat their first lead of the game, and the score was back-and-forth from that point on to the final buzzer.

With the win, Hoonah moved on to play in Thursday's nightcap against either Klukwan or Klawock, but their oppenent had yet to be determined by press time.

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