Metlakatla broke open a 12-12 game at the midway point of the first half and the Merchants rolled to a bruising 102-61 B Bracket win over Kake on Tuesday in a game that saw the teams combine for 49 fouls.
The Merchants' athleticism and size was too much for Kake to overcome. With the game tied 12-12, Metlakatla went on a 12-3 run to break the game open. Willie Hayward started things off with a pull-up runner in the lane, followed by a 3-pointer from Julian Russell.
Brian Hayward then buried a pull-up jumper and a scored lay-up before Kake's Zac Mills made a circus-like scoop shot plus a foul for a 3-point play but Russell then banked in a triple for a 24-15 Metlakatla lead with about six and a half minutes to go in the first half.
Ahead 29-21, Willie Hayward splashed a baseline jumper before throwing down an alleyoop dunk off a dish from Bryan Hayward for a 33-21 lead, which the Merchants extended to 17, 39-22, by the break.
The game lead remained around 20 points until a 16-2 run put the Merchants well out of reach, 80-48.
Bryan Hayward dropped 30 points for Metlakatla, while Willie Hayward had 22, Jase Scudero 17 and Russell 13.
Shane Padgett led Kake with 16, and Brandon Jackson chipped in 11.
Yakutat wins thriller
The crowd at Juneau-Douglas High School gym was electric during B Bracket action Tuesday evening between Huna ANB and Yakutat.
With 1.3 seconds remaining in a tie game, Yakutat's Damien Long hit two free throws to defeat Huna ANB 88-86 in a classic Gold Medal Tournament matchup.
Only moments earlier, Yakutat drew a charge on Hoonah's James Wilson to get possession of the ball with a chance to win the game.
Long was fouled on the left baseline after he was surrounded by Hoonah defenders, with little room to create a play. After a quick spin toward the basket, he was hacked across the arms and calmly hit both free throws.
Wilson's half-court shot did not hit the target, and Hoonah was eliminated from the tournament after another defeat in the final seconds.
The game was a back-and-forth affair, with 20 lead changes, including 14 in the second half.
Long's free throws gave him 35 points for the game, none bigger than the final two.
With the raucous Hoonah crowd screaming in his ear, the Yakutat big man hit free throws 16 and 17, making him 17 of 19 from the line on the evening.
Jimmi Jensen was Yakutat's second-leading scorer with 21 points, and Martin Sensmeier was the third player in double figures for Yakutat with 10.
Yakutat overcame a late four-point deficit with less than two minutes remaining to advance to the next round.
Huna ANB's Travis Dybdahl led his team in scoring with 28 points, but fouled out late in the game, which proved costly. Without Dybdahl on the floor, Huna had difficulty scoring down the stetch.
With Huna ANB up 83-79 in the final minutes, Yakutat went on a 9-3 run to end the game and give Huna its second consecutive painful loss.
Huna had two other players in double figures, with Devin Moritz contributing 17 points and Wilson adding 14.
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