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Will Egolf's basket, with 2.3 seconds left in overtime, lifted the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team to a 62-60 win over Wasilla on Tuesday at the Capital City Classic.
With the score tied at 60 and seconds left, the Crimson Bears' Scott Lesh launched a 22-foot bomb. The rebounds went directly to the 6-foot-7 Egolf about five feet away from the hoop. Egolf volleyed the shot into the hoop for the go-ahead score.
Juneau-Douglas' defense held in the final 2.3 seconds as the Bears won their fourth-straight game.
"It was probably the luckiest offensive rebound I've ever had," said Egolf, who ended the game with 12 points. "I don't really like winning that way, but whatever happens, happens."
Egolf's unlikely game-winner punctuated a hotly contested affair in which neither team could build a lead of more than eight points.
The game went into overtime with the score tied 56-56.
Juneau-Douglas (4-1) opened the scoring with 3:15 left as Ryan Fagerstrom stole the ball and alertly found Tres Saldivar streaking down the floor.
Fagerstrom hit Saldivar with the pass and the senior point guard's lay-up put JDHS ahead by two.
Fagerstrom's second steal of overtime turned into two points for himself as he went coast-to-coast with 55 seconds left.
Wasilla's Jesse Bean hit a free throw with 47.6 seconds left and then Brad Hobbs quieted the home crowd with a game-tying 3-pointer with 21.4 seconds remaining in overtime.
"He's a senior and last year he hit so many shots like that to pull us back in games," Wasilla coach Jason Marvel said. "He's notorious for doing that."
The two squads battled back and forth and played physically from the outset.
Wasilla surged to a 9-3 lead in the first quarter as Dean scored the Warriors' first six points.
JDHS responded with a 6-0 run to close the quarter ahead 11-9.
The Bears leapt to a 17-11 lead early in the second but Wasilla answered with six straight points to knot at 17.
Typical of the back-and-forth nature of Tuesday's contest, Juneau surged to a six-point lead and Wasilla responded with six points of its own to finish the first half tied at 23.
"We certainly didn't play our best but I think that's a tribute to Wasilla," JDHS coach George Houston said. "They played really hard, strong and aggressive. We're not to the point where we respond the way we need to all the time to that physical play. We've got to get better than that."
The two teams started the second half exchanging buckets before Dean's transition jumper gave Wasilla a 35-29 lead midway through the third.
Juneau-Douglas rebounded to take a 37-35 lead but a technical foul called on Faifo Levale led to a seven-point run by Wasilla as they ended up taking a 44-39 lead after three quarters.
JDHS fought back in the fourth quarter as Levale's lay-up gave the Crimson Bears a 56-54 advantage with less than two minutes remaining in regulation.
Dean responded, however, with a floater in the lane to knot the game at 56-56 and force overtime.
Dean led all scorers with 31 points as Ian Johannes contributed 10 points for the Warriors (0-1).
Hobbs had nine points while Jack Troshynsk, Matthew Stearman and Zach Orr all scored for Wasilla.
Ten different players scored for JDHS in a balanced attack.
Clae Baker had 12 points while Luke Miller and Fagerstrom had nine points each in the win. Levale scored eight points, Saldivar had four points while Nico Saldivar, Sam Clark, Ryan Larson and Scott Lesh had two points each for the Crimson Bears.
Hidden Valley, Ore. 52, Kilsyth, Aus. 40
Jimmy Sager poured in 25 points as Hidden Valley, Ore., opened the Capital City Classic with a win over Kilsyth, Australia.
Cody Crowe and Jordan Hayter scored four points each, Reyes Aguelara and Alex DeMith had five points a piece, Kyle Kirchner hit a 3-pointer and Jordan Kasler chipped in with two points for the Mustangs.
David Moore led the Cobras with 14 points.
Cameron Johnson and Scott Dixon posted five points each for Kilsyth while Shaun Dixon, Daniel Pernet, James Preto, Hamish Guidice, Ben Robinson, Lachlan Barnes and Tyson Bartley-Raynor scored in the loss.
Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org