A 12-point Klukwan lead at halftime was quickly erased in the second half as Thursday's opener went down to the wire in the M bracket.
Two Joe Klushkan free throws with .8 seconds remaining cemented the 55-52 victory for Yakutat.
After Frank Coronell hit a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left in the game to put Klukwan up by one point, Yakutat's John Jensen took a pass in transition on the right wing and drove the lane for a quick two to put Yakutat back up by one.
After their final timeout, Klukwan's Joe LaRose missed a fall-away jumper from the right wing, ending their chances to get the win.
After the Klushkan free throws, an attempted pass to half-court by Klukwan was knocked away as time expired to give Yakutat the comeback win.
Trailing at halftime, Yakutat came out and chipped away at the lead until a Joe Klushkan 3-pointer put them on top by one point, 38-37, with 11 minutes remaining. From that point on, there were seven lead-changes and neither team went ahead by more than three points.
Klushkan led all scorers for Yakutat with 28 points, including five 3-pointers. Jensen, 11 points, was the only other Yakutat player who scored in double figures. Normally a force in the paint, Ken Kreitzer scored only 4 points while missing all six of his free throw attempts, but Yakutat was able to get timely scoring from the outside to win the game late.
Joe Parnell was one of the Klukwan players in double figures. He led the way with 22 points. Rob LaRose and Roger Calloway pitched in the 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Yakutat rebounded nicely after a victory over Angoon late Wednesday night. Thursday's matchup was their second game in less than 15 hours.
Yakutat cruises past Angoon
In a must-win game late Wednesday evening in the M Bracket, Yakutat found the going easy in their 98-51 victory over Angoon in Gold Medal Tournament action.
The game was over early as Yakutat's scoring and offensive balance was too much for Angoon to handle. By halftime, the score was 44-17, and Angoon was all but out of it.
Five players scored in double figures for Yakutat as they easily advanced to play Klukwan in Thursday's opener.
John Jensen and Jimmy Bremner led the way for Yakutat with 19 points apiece, and Joe Klushkan was not far behind with 17. Big man Ken Kretizer finished with 12 points, and Greg Indreland pitched in 10.
Yakutat did most of its scoring from the floor, especially outside, as it connected on nine 3-pointers and only went to the line six times, connecting on five.
The outmatched team from Angoon managed only 17 points in the first half, but was able to pick it up in the second after putting up 34 points after the break, doubling its output.
Joey George and Ron Hanson were leading scorers for Angoon with 13 points each, and Al Jack finished with ten. Frank Joseph threw in eight points, but nobody else scored more than three points for Angoon.
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