Inconsistency continues to plague the Juneau-Douglas boys' basketball team as the Crimson Bears fell to 0-3 on the year Wednesday, dropping a 63-52 decision to Chugiak on the final day of the Don Larson Roundball Classic in Wasilla.
The Bears played the Mustangs to a 30-30 tie at the break, and even jumped ahead by six points in the third quarter after a Paul Tupou lay-up inside.
"We got some stuff in transition, and our press was able to turn them over," coach Steve Potter said of the Bears' run to the lead. "But if we didn't turn them over, we were having a pretty difficult time (scoring). They had a pretty good post player who was really crafty, and he did a good job of drawing fouls."
Senior forward Lawrence Fenumiai fouled out in the first half, and Tupou fouled out later in the game.
Chugiak then went on a run of its own, forcing a 12-point swing and taking a six-point lead.
"We missed shots, and they made shots," Potter said matter-of-factly. "It didn't happen quickly. It was a grind-it-out (run); lots of contact, lots of free throws.
"It was physical, and we just didn't adjust to the play."
Chugiak shot 25 free throws to JDHS's 17.
Potter said the tournament was a good experience overall for his team, which is working several players into new roles.
"The whole thing was another step in our development," he said. "We played three completely different teams. The first game, we got beat by one guy, basically. Enumclaw was very polished, and they do things that we do when we're good. Today, it was one of those 'we'll-try-to-out-physical-you games,' and for us, I figured that would be good. But Lawrence fouled out in the first half and then Paul. Our bigs kept getting called for fouls. They weren't very subtle, I guess."
The Bears return to action beginning at 3 p.m. on Dec. 27 with the start of the Capital City Classic boys' and girls' basketball tournament at JDHS.