Angoon defeats Kake in I-Bracket

Late surge lifts defending champions

Posted: Friday, March 30, 2007

Angoon stayed alive in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Intermediate Bracket on Thursday with a 79-58 victory over Kake.

Despite the 21-point margin of victory, Angoon didn't take the lead until there was 5:12 left in regulation.

Bailey Johnson, who returned from a nine-month stay in Kuwait with the Army National Guard on Wednesday, scored a game-high 30 points in the win.

"(I) just needed to warm up, that's all," Johnson said.

Kake came out firing and garnered its biggest lead of the game, 24-10, about nine minutes into the first half.

Johnson sparked Angoon's comeback with a strong drive to the basket where he would pick up the basket and the foul. Johnson's three-point play sparked an 11-0 Angoon run. Johnson made the last basketball of the first half to cut Kake's lead to 34-30 at halftime.

Angoon's Stewart Jack gave his side a 39-38 lead with a basket.

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Kake's Shane Pagett led his team with 22 points on the day and kept pressure on Angoon by hitting consecutive 3-pointers to give his team a 44-40 lead.

Kake hit another bucket to go up six with 14:17 left.

Following a time out, Angoon seized control.

With the score tied 54-54, Johnson grabbed a defensive rebounds and went coast-to-coast to give Angoon a lead it wouldn't relinquish with 5:12 left.

Kake never took the lead back as Angoon's high-tempo style produced steals and fast break layups.

Angoon played poised on offense as Johnson's presence helped open lanes for point guard Stephen Johnson, who scored 21 points, and Jack, who took advantage with 15 points.

Angoon will play Yakutat today to see who will play in Saturday's championship game.

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