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Bears boys basketball lose by three points to Wolverines

Larson scores 18, Ibesate nine, Gross 16 for JDHS

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2007

KODIAK - Juneau-Douglas High School boys varsity basketball lost 58-61 to South Anchorage High School on Thursday in Kodiak.

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"It wasn't a pretty game either way," said coach Steve Potter. "We graduated a lot of our experience, and we definitely looked unsure."

According to Potter, JDHS shot better from the three-point line, shooting 47 percent on three-pointers and 45 percent on two-pointers.

"That's good for our three-point shooting, but we need to make a higher percentage of our two-point baskets," Potter said.

"At the beginning of the game, we were clearly a little bit nervous, and we were able to play through that," Potter said. "But some of our inexperience, some of the detail work, cost us down the stretch."

JDHS was down 10-16 at the end of the first quarter. By halftime, they recovered, leading 30-27. South came back by the end of the third quarter, with a one-point lead, 46-45. But in the end, South prevailed.

"We had a couple of block-out problems," Potter said. "And we didn't read their defense correctly at a couple of key moments."

Potter said South Anchorage senior Anthony Cousin performed well, scoring 17 points.

"They had a really good point," Potter said. "He was really quick."

Aaron Stevens, senior for South Anchorage, also did well, scoring 18 points for South.

JDHS senior Ryan Larson shot 18 points with four three-pointers. Junior Eric Gross got 16 points, and senior Shawn Ibesate scored nine points on three three-pointers.

• Kim Andree can be reached at kimberly.andree@juneauempire.com.



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