Angoon and Klawock made a little history on Monday, playing the inaugural Masters Bracket game of the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament.
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Angoon fought back from a 12-point halftime deficit to upend five-man Klawock 65-56.
Midway through the first half, Angoon led 20-12. But Klawock went on a 22-2 run, making the score 34-22 in favor of Klawock to end the half.
Angoon chipped away at Klawock's lead in the beginning of the second half with solid outside shooting. With less than 10 minutes to play in regulation, Angoon's Joey George hit consecutive 3-pointers to give his team a 48-47 lead. It was Angoon's first lead since early in the first half.
Remond Henderson answered with a deep 3-point shot as Klawock regained a 50-48 lead. This would be the last time Klawock would have the lead.
On Angoon's next possession, Willie Jack drove to the rim and picked up the basket and the foul, then scoring with a free throw.
Klawock turned the ball over in the ensuing possession, and George hit a 3-pointer to seal the victory.
George proved deadly from behind the arc, hitting five 3-pointers en route to scoring 24 points. Angoon also had solid scoring performances from Willie Jack, who put up 18 points, and Glenn Miller, who scored 11 points.
"It's the first one we deserve," George said of his team's performance. "We've always been benchwarmers. A lot of the other guys had to back away because of injuries."
Klawock shared the scoring load, with four of its five players reaching double figures. John Garvey played strong in the paint, putting up 17 points. Henderson added 15 points, while David Edenshaw and Dewey Skan chipped in 10 points each.
The Masters Bracket is for players 41 years old and older. George gave it favorable reviews.
"It's fun," he said. "It's something to show a few of us still have it in us. ... If we give up, we're going to freeze up.
Skan said he'd like to see the Masters Bracket age requirement increased.
"I think the age should start at 45 instead of 41," Skan said. "They'll take a look at it. Teams are getting thin because of the age brackets."
Skan enjoyed himself nevertheless.
"It's fun, you get to see old friends," he said.
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