Hoonah advances to semis

Sitka pushes the pace in C Bracket rout of Angoon, 78-60

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Juneau's size was no match for Hoonah's hot shooting as the Huna Totem made eight 3-pointers en route to a 72-57 win over Filcom to earn a spot in Thursday's C semifinal round of the 64th Annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament.

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Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire

"We didn't really know what kind of defense they were going to play," Hoonah's Albert Hinchman said. "I think it was just calming the guys down and balancing the floor and making shots.

"We have some good shooters, and it was a great team effort today."

Juneau pulled ahead 5-0 at the 16:50 mark as neither team could make a shot in the opening minutes. Hoonah scored six straight to take its first lead at 10-9 after a jumper and a couple of free throws by Kamal Lindoff, and then a bucket for Hinchman at the 12:05 mark.

A 3-pointer by Martin Showalter pushed the lead to four as Juneau's drought continued until Rob Carpenter made a free throw.

Juneau retook the lead, 19-16, with a 6-0 spurt after making four free throws and getting a bucket inside from Carpenter.

But Huna Totem's Showalter knocked down a triple and Hinchman got a steal and made two free throws to tie the game at 25-all. Juneau took a 28-25 lead at the break after Toby Carondong put up a baseline runner while being fouled for a 3-point play with 21.4 seconds to go, and Showalter's attempt to tie came up short before the buzzer.

Hoonah tied the game again at 28 in the opening minute of the second half and pulled ahead after a lay-up by Lindoff. The teams traded scores before Hoonah slowly began to inch away. Al Tagobon splashed a triple, and Lindoff made another for a 41-33 lead.

A 3-pointer by Erick McCormick made it a six-point game, but Lindoff answered from behind the arc at the other end to push the lead back to nine, 49-40, with just less than six minutes to go.

Juneau pulled within five, 57-52, after a Tupou steal led to a triple for McCormick, but Huna Totem took care of business from the free throw line down the stretch, making 10 of 12 before John Martin Jr. nailed a 3-pointer before the buzzer to set the final score.

Hinchman led all scorers with 30 points, while Tagobon added nine for Hoonah.

McCormick led Juneau with 13 points, while Ongo Tupou had 11 and Toby Carondong 10.

Hinchman said he was happy to be back on the court after recovering from a broken ankle.

"To even be in this type of situation is great - being back with the guys," he said after the win. "A couple of us went to school together and it's great to be back running again. I feel like we have a great chance on Thursday.

"It's a long time to wait, but I'm excited right now."

Sitka routes Angoon

Sitka's transition offense proved to be too much for Angoon in C Bracket action Tuesday evening in the 64th Annual Gold Medal Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Angoon could not keep up with the Sitka's frenetic pace. Sitka took command early and never looked back during their 78-60 victory.

At the 11:40 mark of the first half, Sitka held a one-point lead at 11-10, but quickly blew the game open with a 16-1 run that virtually ended Angoon's chances.

Sitka kept the momentum through halftime and did not allow Angoon to get back to within 12 points during the entire second half, at one point building a 30-point lead late in the game. They also took every opportunity to get out and run the floor after turnovers and missed shots, and were able to outrun Angoon defenders all game long.

Angoon was not able to match Sitka's production from the line, making just 2 of 10 free throws to their Sitka's 16 of 23 attempts.

Angoon slowed the pace down late in the game and was able to chip away at Sitka's big lead, but time would not allow the comeback to continue.

Rich Krupa was the leading scorer for Sitka with 17 points, while Jim Carson pitched in 16 for the game. Sean Joslyn was the team's third leading scorer with 12 points, and James Mercer was the fourth Sitka player to score in double digits in the big win.

Angoon was not as well balanced offensively with three players combining for 42 of the team's 60 points. Frank Jack lead the team in scoring with 17 points and two three-pointers, while Ed Jack contributed 15 points with three 3-pointers. Angoon's DeAndre King scored 10 points inside.

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