Kake shoots its way to second Legendary C Bracket title

Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2007

The Kake Oldtimers shot over the top of Metlakatla's trees to capture the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Legendary C Bracket title on Saturday.

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Kake hit jumpers from seemingly every part of the floor to win a second-straight C Bracket title 110-82.

"Everyone was just on fire," Kake's Wayne Friday said. "We just wanted to show what kind of town there is in Kake."

Kake made 14 3-point shots in all as its long-distance shooting kept Metlakatla's towering forwards at bay.

Tournament MVP Rudy Bean scored 26 points in the win, leading an offensive barrage.

"We knew coming into the tournament we'd have a bull's eye on our backs," Bean said. "Run and gun is our style. We like to run. We have great 3-point shooters. Everybody knows their role."

Kake opened the game aggressively, shooting without conscience in the opening moments. The Oldtimers made five 3-pointers in the first 5:40 to take a 19-8 lead.

Metlakatla worked hard to get the ball inside to its physical forwards - Trevan Walker, Frank Hayward and Paul Bryant. But it seemed every time Metlakatla got a layup, Kake would respond with a 22-foot bomb.

Legendary C bracket

Tournament Awards

All Tournament team

Sean Joslyn, Juneau

Jim Carson, Juneau

Al Tagaban, Juneau

Frank Hayward, Metlakatla

Trevan Walker, Metlakatla

Showalter Martin, Hoonah

Guy Tompkins, Klukwan

Wayne Friday, Kake

Kip Howard, Kake

Lloyd Davis, Kake

Sportsmanship Award

Stu Mills, Southeast Warriors

Tournament MVP

Rudy Bean, Kake

"Everybody was just falling in everybody's footsteps," Friday said of the 3-point shooting. "It was contagious. Then Jay (Peterson) hit a couple 3s and Kip (Howard) with his rebounds. He had to battle those big guys. It was a lot of fun."

Kake made 10 3-point shots in the first half alone and seemingly couldn't miss. The team even connected on 9 of 10 first half free throws to take a 61-43 halftime advantage.

The second half proved more of the same as Peterson, Donald James and Nick Davis connected from beyond the arc in the win.

Kake also played well in transition, running its fast break offense with precision.

"I'm still not used to that Old Timers being on our uniforms," Bean said. "All our guys are still in good shape. We won with teamwork tonight, and that's how good teams win, with teamwork."

Peterson scored 21 points for Kake, while Lloyd Davis added 17 points. Friday scored 10 points, and James had 11 points in the victory.

Hayward scored a game-high 28 points with six 3-point shots. Walker scored 14 points, and Sean Enright and Gilbert Booth Jr. had eight points each in the win.

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