Kake earned a spot in Saturday’s C Bracket championship game for the sixth straight year with an 81-61 winner’s bracket victory over Juneau Filcom in the 65th Annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.
The final score was in no way indicative of the entire game, which was tight until the final 10 minutes. There a total eight ties and nine lead changes throughout.
“Well, we’ve already been five times and that just goes to show how hard it is to get back there,” Nick Davis said after the win. “And it shows how good of a team we have. We play team ball and we hang in there until the end.”
The first half was back-and-forth affair that saw seven ties and six lead changes. Kake took its biggest lead of the first half after back-to-back layups by Rudy Bean and Lloyd Davis for a 22-17 advantage. An 8-2 run by Juneau put Filcom back in the lead, 27-26, after a baseline jumper by Toby Carandang.
The game was tied again at 27, 29, 31 and 33, and Kake took a 36-33 lead into the break after an old-fashioned 3-point play Davis.
Juneau came out and tied the game once again out of the break after a 3-pointer by Al Tagaban.
There were three more lead changes on consecutive possessions in the next couple of minutes, with neither team gaining control until a 10-2 run put Kake in the lead for good.
David Watkins scored, Nick Davis made a free throw and Bean found Davis inside for a bucket. Juneau got a score inside, but Bean hit a pull-up banker and David Watkins buried a triple as Kake got rolling for a 50-43 advantage, the biggest lead of the game to that point.
Kake went up 9, 55-46, but Juneau got scored four straight to get back into it. A 6-2 spurt pushed Kake back up 9, 61-52, after bucket inside by Lloyd Davis forced a Filcom timeout.
An and-1 inside by Nick Davis followed by a steal and layup for Bean pushed Kake ahead by 11, 68-59, forcing another Filcom timeout, and Kake stretched its lead over the final minutes.
“We just kept our cool,” Nick Davis said of how Kake was able to turn a tight game into a blowout over the final five minutes. “We knew if we did, eventually we could pull away because they don’t have as deep a bench as we do. But we just kept our heads and tried to make our shots down the stretch.”
Bean led a balanced Kake offensive attack with 22 points. David Watkins added 18, points Nick Davis 16, Lloyd Davis 14 and Jay Peterson 11.
Tagaban scored 21 to lead Juneau, and Rob Carpenter added 10.
Kake, the five-time consecutive C Bracket champion, will face the winner of today’s Juneau-Hoonah winner at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Hoonah moves on, will face Juneau
Hoonah marched on today with an 81-68 C Bracket loser-out victory over Yakutat in during the 65th Annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.
Hoonah held a slim 39-36 lead at the half, but pulled away in the second with a balanced scoring attack that saw six players score at least nine points, led by Albert Henchman’s 16 points.
Hoonah scored just one more field goal than Yakutat as the difference came at the free throw line, where Hoonah made 11 more freebies on 19 of 25 shooting from the stripe.
Tierny Bible scored 15 points, Showalter Martin 13, Lucas Johnson 11 and Kamal Lindoff 10 for Hoonah.
Mike Jensen and Gary Klushkan led all scorers with 18 points for Yakutat, while Jerry Ridington added 11 and Ralph Johnson 10.
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