After a slow start, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team steamrolled their final two opponents at the Joe Floyd Tournament in Kodiak on Friday and Saturday.
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The Crimson Bears fell to South Anchorage on Thursday, but rallied to rout West Valley 74-31 on Friday and host Kodiak 73-42 on Saturday. JDHS took second overall in the tournament.
"We had a little trouble in our first game with South in figuring out how hard we have to play," JDHS coach Steve Potter said. "We seem to have made an adjustment."
Juneau-Douglas trailed the host Bears 5-0 early in the first quarter. The lead proved extremely short lived for Kodiak.
The Crimson Bears closed the first quarter on an 18-2 run to lead 20-7 after eight minutes. Dominique Brinson and Ryan "Bubba" Larson helped keep the pressure on in the second quarter with 3-pointers.
Jacob Hotch came off the bench to close the first half with a 40-foot heave, according to Potter, to give JDHS a 41-15 halftime lead. Juneau outscored Kodiak 21-8 in the second quarter.
"The main thing was we picked up full-court man defense and everyone was buying into it," he said. "We didn't let their guard get a nice run at us and we threw in a couple traps in there and just had them off-balance. They didn't know if we were in trap or man which led to indecision on their part, which led to steals. We had a lot of layups."
Crimson Bears junior forward Eric Gross led all scorers in the game with 20 points.
"He got (his points) in a lot of different ways - some offensive rebounds, some post-up some off hard cuts," Potter said. "We're not the type of team where we can do one thing over and over again. We have to have a variety of looks. Eric was doing what he was supposed to do and it was paying off for him."
Brinson scored 17 points and Larson had 15 points for JDHS. Faifo Levale added seven points, Hotch had six points, Cody Grussendorf tallied four points while Shawn Ibesate and Geoff Craig chipped in two points each for the win.
Levale, Gross, Brinson and Larson were also named to the all-tournament team.
On Friday, Juneau-Douglas (2-1) pounded West Valley 74-31 as Brinson scored 27 points.
JDHS led 29-18 at the half, but outscored the Wolfpack 45-13 in the second half to win the game.
Larson had 17 points, including three 3-pointers, and Gross tallied 10 points in the win.
Craig had six points, Grussendorf and Levale had five points each while Hotch, Ibesate and Erick Waters scored three points each for Juneau-Douglas.
The Crimson Bears will make their home debut Friday against defending Class 3A state champions Petersburg. On Saturday, JDHS will host Fullerton, Calif.
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Juneau-Douglas 73, Kodiak 42
JDHS 18 23 19 13 - 73
Kodiak 7 8 10 17 - 42
JDHS (73) - Gross 20, Larson 15, Levale 7, Hotch 6, Grussendorf 4, Ibesate 2, Craig 2, Waters 0.
Kodiak (42) - N/A.
Juneau-Douglas 74, West Valley 31
JDHS 17 12 28 17 - 74
WVHS 10 8 7 6 - 31
JDHS (74) - Brinson 27, Hotch 3, Waters 3, Grussendorf 5, Craig 6, Ibesate 3, Larson 17, Gross 10, Levale 5.
WVHS (31) - Sniegowski 2, Taniolo 2, Sample 2, Webb 2, Howe 6, Wisel 13, McKenzie 4.