The Juneau Green Team won a spot in Saturday's Masters Bracket championship on Tuesday, beating Angoon 84-54 in Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament action at Juneau-Douglas High School.
The game looked promising for Angoon in the opening minutes of the first half. Angoon scored seven points in a row, to lead 7-4.
The game took a major turn as Juneau began to spread the ball around with crisp passes, creating good looks at the basket and capitalizing on the opportunities. Juneau went on a 10-0 run and the lead simply increased as the game progressed.
Juneau had 10 players score in the contest, with Greg Huebschen leading with 15 points. Ethan Billings had a stellar performance, scoring 13 points, while Steve Brandner and Eric Holst each chipped in nine.
At the end of the first half, William Hunter grabbed a loose ball and fired a jump shot that just barely beat the buzzer to give the Angoon squad hope. They entered the second half with the score set in Juneau's favor at 40-25.
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Juneau scored 11 unanswered points just minutes into the second half as its ball movement on offense seemed too much for the Angoon defense.
Juneau center Phil Paramore scored eight points in the game
"It's an honor to come to this tournament and play against such a great team with such great sportsmanship," Paramore said, who also praised the bracket.
"I think it gives the guys an opportunity to play at a level that's challenging....we played in the C bracket last year, and there's a lot of disparity between the ages that play," he said.
"It's such a great tournament, the more people that can play the better, and these little towns only have so many people to put on basketball teams," he added.
Willie Jack, who led Angoon in scoring with 15 points, said of the M bracket, "The age should probably be raised to 45...get some of the young legs out of it."
Despite the different opinions about the brackets, the games remain exciting and the tournament continues to serve as a community experience that all of Southeast Alaska can share.
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