Arctic Lights open strong in A

Marlintini's aiming for third bracket title in last four years

Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2005

The faces may change from year to year, but there's one constant for the Arctic Lights basketball team in the Gold Medal tourney - winning.

Juneau's Marlintini's Arctic Lights started their quest for their second straight A Bracket title - and third in four years - with a dominating 96-60 win over the Southeast All-Stars on Wednesday at the 59th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

This year's Arctic Lights squad is lacking high-scoring Jason Bavard, who was called away from Juneau for his job. But Joe Kemp rejoined the team after a one-year absence to provide yet another inside force on a team loaded with powerful post players.

The Arctic Lights practiced as a team for the first time on Tuesday night, but they had little trouble dispatching the hastily assembled All-Stars.

"When you have guys that know the game so well, you don't need a lot of preparation," said center Shaun O'Shea, who scored 19 points for the Arctic Lights. "It's just doing your job."

In Wednesday's other A Bracket game at Juneau-Douglas High School, Sitka ANS edged the Juneau Lakers 72-68. The Southeast All-Stars and Juneau Lakers will meet at in a losers' bracket game at 1 p.m. today, while the Arctic Lights and Sitka ANS will face off in a winners' bracket semifinal at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

On Wednesday, the Arctic Lights led the All-Stars 32-10 midway through the first half. Jesse Boudreau extended the lead to 38-12 when he tipped in a missed 3-point attempt with 7:55 to go in the first half; it was the Lights' third offensive rebound of that possession.

The Arctic Lights held a 53-30 edge over the All-Stars at halftime, and their lead was never less than 23 points the rest of the game. Back-to-back steals by the Arctic Lights led to baskets by Tim Wilson and Erik McCormick, and an 80-48 lead with 9:05 to play.

O'Shea shared the Arctic Lights' scoring lead - 19 points - with Jon Madison, his former University of Alaska Anchorage teammate. Josh Lockhart scored 11 points and Kemp had 10 points for the Arctic Lights.

Kemp and O'Shea are among the Arctic Lights post players who gave the team a huge advantage in rebounding.

"You've got a big target," said Robert Casperson, who celebrated his 27th birthday by scoring eight points for the Arctic Lights. "As a guard, they give you a lot of confidence. You know they're going to get (passes inside). ...

"These guys are a lot of fun to play with. They know how to play the game right, and it makes it a lot of fun to be out on the floor."

Scott Hotch scored 16 points - including four 3-pointers - to lead the All-Stars, while Will White scored 11 points and Franz Kugelman Jr. added 10. Mike Ganey and former JDHS player Mike Vanderjack chipped in eight points apiece for the All-Stars, who were quickly assembled to fill a tournament slot.

"Rebounds killed us," Hotch said. "It's the first time we've run together, the first time we've touched a ball this year together. It's hard to get any momentum going."

Sitka ANS 72, Juneau Lakers 68

Sitka ANS held off a second-half rally by the Juneau Lakers on Wednesday to advance into Friday's 2:30 p.m. winners' bracket semifinal game.

Sitka ANS led 34-18 at halftime, but the Juneau Lakers pulled within one possession late in the game. Rich Krupa and Steve Walker scored 19 points each to lead Sitka ANS, while Paul Carrington added 12 and Vaughn Kozeallkoff chipped in 11.

Alex Heumann scored 22 points to lead the Juneau Lakers, who will play a losers' bracket game at 1 p.m. today against the Southeast All-Stars. Vonnie Williams added 17 points and Adam Nelson scored 12.

• Andrew Krueger can be reached at andrew.krueger@juneauempire.com.

JUNEAU MARLINTINI'S ARCTIC LIGHTS 96, SOUTHEAST ALL-STARS 60

Wednesday's first-round boxscore from JDHS

JUNEAU MARLINTINI'S ARCTIC LIGHTS (96) - Josh Lockhart 5 1-2 11, Robert Casperson 2 4-4 8, Jon Madison 7 2-2 19, Frank Tompkins 2 0-0 6, Shaun O'Shea 8 3-4 19, Erik McCormick 3 0-0 7, Joe Kemp 5 0-2 10, Tim Wilson 4 0-0 8, James Johnson 0 3-4 3, Jason Bavard 0 0-0 0, Chuck Goron 0 0-0 0, Jesse Boudreau 2 1-1 5. Totals: 38 14-19 96.

SOUTHEAST ALL-STARS (60) - P.W. Anderssen 1 0-0 3, Keith Schroth 0 0-2 0, Will White 3 2-4 11, Allen Anderson 2 0-0 4, Frank Kugelman Jr. 2 6-16 10, Mike Vanderjack 4 0-0 8, Levi Hotch 0 0-0 0, Mike Ganey 3 2-2 8, Scott Hotch 6 0-0 16, Larry Sweet Jr. 0 0-2 0. Totals: 21 10-26 60.

ARCTIC LIGHTS 53 43 - 96

SOUTHEAST ALL-STARS 30 30 - 60

3-point goals - Juneau Marlintini's Arctic Lights 6 (Madison 3, Tompkins 2, McCormick 1), Southeast All-Stars 8 (S. Hotch 4, White 3, Andersen 1). Fouled out - Juneau Marlintini's Arctic Lights 0, Southeast All-Stars 1 (Kugelman). Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Juneau Marlintini's Arctic Lights 23, Southeast All-Stars 14.

SITKA ANS 72, JUNEAU LAKERS 68

Wednesday's first-round boxscore from JDHS

JUNEAU LAKERS (68) - Rob Ridgeway 1 1-3 3, Wil Ridgeway 1 0-0 3, Adam Nelson 4 0-0 12, Darnell Brinson 2 1-2 5, Keaton Gaines 1 1-2 3, Alex Heumann 7 4-4 22, Aaron Severson 0 0-0 0, Billy Ehlers 0 0-1 0, Vonnie Williams 7 3-8 17, Rob Carte 1 0-0 3, Mike Hinman 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 10-20 68.

SITKA ANS (72) - Steve Walker 7 5-8 19, Josh Branham 2 0-0 5, Syd Eubanks 0 1-4 1, Paul Carrington 5 2-5 12, Loren Sands 2 0-0 4, Rich Krupa 5 7-10 19, Daniel Smith 0 0-0 0, Vaughn Kozeallkoff 4 1-2 11, Byron Jack 0 1-2 1. Totals: 25 17-31 72.

JUNEAU LAKERS 18 50 - 68

SITKA ANS 34 38 - 72

3-point goals - Juneau Lakers 10 (Nelson 4, Heumann 4, W. Ridgeway 1, Carte 1), Sitka ANS 5 (Krupa 2, Kozeallkoff 2, Branham 1). Fouled out - Juneau Lakers 1 (Ehlers), Sitka ANS 1 (Eubanks). Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Juneau Lakers 21, Sitka ANS 17.



CONTACT US

  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-3028
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING