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Upset dominates B Bracket

Posted: Monday, March 27, 2000

The first day of Gold Medal Tournament's Mighty B Bracket saw the defending B Bracket champions upset, a Juneau team playing in the hallowed tourney for the first time, and a barn-burning game between two old rivals finish near midnight.

First, the upset.

Led by five players who scored in double figures, Yakutat ANB nipped the defending B bracket champion Haines Merchants 110-109 Sunday.

Yakutat's Jimmi Jensen scored 40 points and was 13-of-17 from the free throw line to offset Josh Fannon's 44-point performance for Haines. Fannon was 7-of-8 from the charity stripe; as a team the Merchants were 18-of-24.

The Merchants hoisted up 82 shots, hitting 37 (45 percent), and canned 17 of their 38 shots from 3-point range. Fannon had seven bombs from downtown, including three in the finals minutes of a Haines' run.

Damien Long scored 20 points for Yakutat. Ralph Johnson followed with 19, Michael Johnson had 19, Michael Jenson 14 and Tony Johnson 12.

 

Link Fannon was 9-of-10 from the free throw line in his 27-point morning, while Stuart DeWitt swished four 3-pointers and finished with 19 points for Haines. Jesse McGraw added 10 points for the Merchants.

Yakutat hit 56 percent from the field (39-of-70) and was 5-of-10 from 3-point range.

Yakutat advanced to play Hoonah ANB - 97-78 winners over Petersburg - at 1 p.m. today. Haines falls into the losers' bracket and meets Petersburg at 8:30 tonight.

Hoonah ANB 97, Petersburg 78

Hoonah shrugged off the loss of three standout players from last year's runner-up team to pound Petersburg.

Elimination of the descendancy rule - which allowed players living outside a town to represent a team if he could prove lineage - kept Hoonah's Showalter and Garvin Martin from playing for Hoonah. Neither of the Martins grew up in Hoonah.

``We missed their toughness and experience,'' said Hoonah's Travis Dybdahl, who played high school ball with Juneau but established residency in Hoonah. ``But the younger players stepped up. For a lot of guys, this was their first Gold Medal.''

Hoonah looked tentative at times but put together decisive scoring streaks when it counted. Petersburg pulled to 65-61 midway in the second half, then Dybdahl lit fire, igniting a 13-2 run as Hoonah took charge the rest of the way.

Dybdahl scored 19 of his gamehigh 27 points in the second half. Andy Gray, a Gold Medal newcomer, added 17, while Albit Hinchman poured in 15 and Russell Dick 10.

Curt Birchell and Mike Payne each scored 22 points and Al Tagaban had 12 to lead Petersburg.

Hoonah was also missing Nate Strong, who's now starring for the Montana State University-Billings. Strong played a dominating game in Hoonah's loss to Haines in the B Bracket championship last year.

``We miss him a lot,'' Dybdahl said. ``We've yet to see if we'll need him during crunch time. We're kind of like the Bulls without Jordan.''

Angoon ANB 101, Filco 85

Due to the herring run, players for the Metlakatla Sons of Taquan pulled out of this year's Gold Medal tourney late Saturday, leaving Lions Club organizers scrambling at the last minute to find a replacement team.

That quirk of fate let Filco, a local Ordway league team, into the Gold Medal tourney for the first time. Normally the B bracket doesn't allow players or teams from larger towns like Juneau, Sitka or Ketchikan.

``We've been on the waiting list for a few years,'' said Filco's Russ Stevens. ``It didn't work out until this year. We got a call just this morning (Sunday). We just had a shoot-around at 5:00.''

Led by the 20-point performance of David Johnson, Angoon ANB welcomed Filco to the Gold Medal with a 101-85 thrashing. Guy Hunter added 13 points for Angoon, Frank Jack chipped in 11 and Ed Jack 10.

Jesse Woodland and former Juneau-Douglas high player Robert Ridgeway led Filco with 14 points each. Stevens finished with nine points.

Stevens said the team was actually a combination of players from Jovany's and Filco. Two players from Metlakatla were expected to fill in for the team but didn't arrive in time for Sunday's game.

``This is the first time we've actually been together,'' Stevens said.

Despite the loss, Stevens, a former Juneau player like Ridgeway, said it was a thrill to finally play in Gold Medal.

``I played here 10 years ago,'' Stevens said. ``I just wanted to play in front of a crowd again. That was exciting.''

Kake Tlingit Heat 105, Hydaburg ANB 97

The last game of the day may have been the most exciting.

Clutch free-throw shooting in the final minutes sealed a 105-97 B Bracket win for Kake late Sunday night. The Heat buried 15-of-16 free throws in the second half to hold off a dominating 31-point performance by Hydaburg's Syd Edenshaw.

Six players reached double figures for Kake, led by Rudy Bean's 26-point night. Kip Howard scored 19, Lloyd Davis 18, Scott Jackson and Nick Davis 14, and Mike Smith 10.

Harold Dilts scored 20 points for Hydaburg. Joe Young followed with 14 and Charlie Frisby added 13.

Hydaburg shot just 9-of-19 from the free throw line.

Kake plays Angoon at 5:30 this evening, while Hydaburg meets Filco in a loser's bracket game at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

YAKUTAT 110

HAINES 109

Sunday's B Bracket Games

YAKUTAT (110)

Ralph Johnson 7 5-6 19, Bob Lekanof 1 0-0 2, Tony Johnson 4 2-2 12, Devin James 0 0-0 0, Eric Anderstrom 1 1-2 3, Damien Long 8 4-4 20, Jimmi Jensen 12 13-17 40, Michael Jensen 6 2-5 14, Joe Jensen 0 0-0 0, James Lyndell 0 0-0 0. Totals: 39 27-36 110.

HAINES (109)

Stuart Dewitt 6 3-5 19, Andrew Friske 0 0-0 0, Danny Pardee 0 0-0 0, Josh Fannon 15 7-8 44, Link Fannon 8 8-10 27, David Buss 0 0-0 0, Daniel Martin 1 0-0 2, Jesse McGraw 4 0-1 10, Dan Wackerman 0 0-0 0, Larry Sweet Jr. 2 0-0 5, Benny Geasy 0 0-0 0, Frank White 0 0-0 0. Totals: 37 18-24 109.

YAKUTAT60 50 - 110

HAINES 58 51 - 109

3-point goals - Yakutat 5 (Tony Johnson 2, Jimmi Jensen 3), Haines 17 (Dewitt 4, J. Fannon 7, L. Fannon 3, McGraw 2, Sweet 1). Fouled out - Yakutat (M. Jensen), Haines (Pardee).Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Yakutat 23, Haines 29.

HOONAH 97

PETERSBURG 78

Sunday's B Bracket Games

HOONAH (97)

Russel Dick 5 0-0 10, Travis Dybdahl 12 3-3 27, Kamal Lindoff 3 1-2 8, Andy Gray 5 7-8 17, Albert Hinchman 4 4-6 15, Paul Johanson 1 0-0 2, Gary Brown Jr. 3 0-0 6, Tom Jack 0 0-0 0, Adam Lee 2 0-0 4, Mike Mills 2 0-0 4, Trevor Hill 1 2-2 4, Dennis Gray Jr. 0 0-0 0. Totals: 38 17-21 97.

PETERSBURG (78)

Ken Kvernuik 2 0-2 4, Klas Stolpe 2 0-2 5, Curt Birchell 7 3-4 22, Mike Payne 10 2-7 22, Garrett Bell 3 0-0 7, Al Tagaban 5 2-5 12, Mike Garcia 0 0-0 0, Luis Tagaban 0 0-0 0, Chris Lavalle 0 0-0 0, Greg Birchell 0 0-0 0, Jeremy Jensen 0 0-0 0, Shawn Williams 2 0-0 6. Totals: 31 7-20 78.

HOONAH46 51 - 97

PETERSBURG 37 41 - 78

3-point goals - Hoonah 4 (Lindoff 1, Hinchman 3), Petersburg 9 (Stolpe 1, C. Birchell 5, Bell 1, Williams 2). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Hoonah 13, Petersburg 15.

ANGOON 91

FILCO 73

Sunday's B Bracket Games

ANGOON (91)

Phil Daetwiler 3 2-2 8, Levi Johnson 1 0-1 2, David Johnson 7 4-7 20, DeAndre King 4 0-0 8, Guy Hunter 4 4-6 13, Jeremy Martin 2 2-4 6, Frank Jack 4 0-2 11, Randy Gamble 2 0-0 4, Al Kookesh 0 0-0 0, Ed Jack 3 4-4 10, Buddy George 3 2-4 9. Totals: 33 18-30 91.

FILCO (73)

Doug Drazowski 5 0-0 10, Dave Elliott 2 2-2 6, Brent White 3 1-2 7, Jesse Woodland 5 2-2 14, Dave Saldivar 3 0-0 7, David Watkins 0 0-0 0, Russ Stevens 3 3-3 9, Rob Ridgeway 3 7-8 14, Fritz Erhardt 2 2-4 6, Jerry Scudero 0 0-0 0, Paul Bryant 0 0-0 0. Totals: 26 17-21 73.

ANGOON36 55 - 91

HAINES 31 42 - 73

3-point goals - Angoon 7 (D. Johnson 2, Hunter 1, F. Jack 3, George 1), Filco 4 (Woodland 2, Saldivar 1, Ridgeway 1). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Angoon 16, Filco 19.

KAKE 105

HYDABURG 97

Sunday's B Bracket Games

KAKE (105)

Billy Alsup 0 0-0 0, Rudy Bean 7 9-10 26, Mike Smith 2 6-6 10, Scott Jackson 5 3-4 14, Mike Martin 0 0-0 0, Lloyd Davis 7 4-4 18, Nick Davis 5 4-4 14, Kip Howard 5 9-12 19, Wayne Friday 1 0-0 2, Jay Peterson 0 0-0 0, Robert Jackson 1 0-0 2. Totals: 33 35-40 105.

HYDABURG (97)

Syd Edenshaw 12 5-7 31, Charlie Frisby 6 1-3 13, Harold Dilts 9 0-0 20, Joe Young 5 3-5 14, Jamie Edenshaw 3 0-0 7, Devin Edenshaw 2 0-2 4, David Nix 2 0-0 6, Doug Edenshaw 0 0-0 0, John Morris Jr. 0 0-2 0, Jerry Dilts 1 0-0 2, Matt Carle Jr. 0 0-0 0. Totals: 40 9-19 97.

KAKE52 53 - 105

HYDABURG 45 52 - 97

3-point goals - Kake 4 (Bean 3, S. Jackson 1), Hydaburg 8 (S. Edenshaw 2, H. Dilts 2, Young 1, J. Edenshaw 1, Nix 2). Fouled out - Hydaburg (S. Edenshaw, Frisby, Young, J. Edenshaw, Devin Edenshaw). Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Kake 21, Hydaburg 31.



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