The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team put on a shooting clinic during its second-round game of the Capital City Classic on Saturday night.
The Crimson Bears hit 11 3-pointers in the first half, some from well beyond NBA range, as they cruised to a 94-59 victory over the Alameda (Calif.) Hornets at the JDHS main gym.
Juneau will go for its 10th straight title and 11th in the 12 years of the Capital City Classic when it plays undefeated L.V. Rogers of Nelson, British Columbia, at 8 p.m. Monday night. In Monday's other game, Alameda will play Prince Rupert (British Columbia) at 10 a.m. in a game that was moved earlier in the day to accommodate travel arrangements.
Led by five 3-pointers from Alex Heumann and four more from Sterling Henderson, the Crimson Bears finished with 12 treys for the game. The game closed when freshman David "Tres" Saldivar III hit his namesake shot just before the buzzer.
"They can shoot," Alameda forward Mark Gillman said. "That was ridiculous. I've never seen a team shoot like that."
Heumann, who led Juneau to its season-opening and tournament-opening 82-40 victory over the Prince Rupert (British Columbia) Rainmakers on Friday, made a 3-pointer to open Saturday's game. That seemed to start the Crimson Bears' offensive explosion, as Henderson, Nik Hura and Bryan Hamey all hit 3-pointers in the first quarter as Juneau jumped out to a 19-5 lead.
The second quarter was more of the same, with Henderson going on a hot streak that saw him hit his first four 3-pointers and Heumann missing a couple, then answering with three more treys of his own.
Heumann tied center Byron Wild for the team scoring lead with 15 points, while Henderson had 12 points, Hura added 11 and Hamey scored eight. Juneau had 14 of its 15 players score at least two points in the game. Juneau's starters didn't play in the fourth quarter and most played only for a couple of minutes each after the Crimson Bears took a 48-19 halftime lead.
"We played a lot better tonight," said Juneau coach George Houston, who before Saturday's game said his team's plan was to work the ball inside more than it did on Friday. "We certainly shot the ball a lot better. It was nice to see Sterling bounce back after last night, because he struggled a bit with his shot. A couple of their selections weren't the greatest, but they made the shots. Alex has proven to me that he can shoot the ball."
"I'm not surprised," Juneau point guard Joe Ayers said of Heumann's shooting. "He shoots that way in practice all the time."
Even though the barrage of 3-pointers stole the show, Juneau did work the ball inside more to Wild (eight rebounds) and Adam Nelson (seven rebounds). But when Alameda collapsed inside on defense, the perimeter shots were too inviting and the Crimson Bears just had to take them.
"We had that mindset," Heumann said. "We were just going off our defense."
"After that last game, we tried to go inside more," Henderson said. "But we took what they gave us."
Juneau (2-0 overall) dominated the boards against the shorter Hornets (4-6), and the Crimson Bears were able to work the ball inside when Alameda defended the perimeter. Juneau also showed it could handle Alameda's speed.
"We came out a lot harder tonight," Nelson said. "We've still got a lot of work to do, like we didn't rotate on defense. They were more athletic, and at times we didn't block out and they leapt into the sky to grab the rebounds."
"They're a very quick team," Heumann said. "But it's all about fundamentals."
"Meat and potatoes," Nelson added.
Gillman scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Alameda, while Joseph Park had 11 points and Khris Timms scored eight.
As a sophomore last season, Heumann was a member of what teammate David Jones called "the 30-Point-Margin Club," the group of younger players who sat at the end of the bench and didn't get into the game until it was well in hand. Heumann led the junior varsity team in scoring, but in his rare varsity appearances he only scored 12 points all year.
In Friday night's opener, Heumann scored 15 points to lead the Crimson Bears.
"It's a good start, but there are still things we need to work on," said Heumann, who made four 3-pointers. "My shot felt good. I got a lot of open looks. That was more points than I scored all of last season."
CAPITAL CITY CLASSIC
Troy girls 71, Wasilla 62
L.V. Rogers boys 57, Alameda 44
Alameda girls 69, Juneau-Douglas 57
Juneau-Douglas boys 82, Prince Rupert 40
Troy girls 81, Alameda 57
L.V. Rogers boys 43, Prince Rupert 37
Wasilla 66, Juneau-Douglas girls 44
Juneau-Douglas boys 94, Alameda 59
10 a.m. Prince Rupert boys vs. Alameda (Note: This is a time change from the program)
1 p.m. Wasilla girls vs. Alameda
6 p.m. Juneau-Douglas girls vs. Troy
8 p.m. Juneau-Douglas boys vs. L.V. Rogers
Bryan Hamey added 14 points and five rebounds for Juneau. Wild scored 11 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and made four steals for the Crimson Bears, while Ayers scored nine points, grabbed five rebounds and made two steals.
Juneau had 12 of its 15 players score at least two points in Friday's game. All 15 Juneau players recorded at least a rebound, steal or assist, including the three freshmen who only saw about two minutes of playing time.
Prince Rupert was led by Aaron Williams, who scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds. Ian Urbanski added 10 points and six rebounds for the Rainmakers.
L.V. Rogers 43, Prince Rupert 37
University of Santa Clara-bound 6-foot-10 center Sean Denison scored 17 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked six shots as the Bombers knocked off their cross-province rivals in Saturday's early game.
Matt Fuhr added 10 points, three steals and three assists for L.V. Rogers (12-0), which is one of the top Class AAA (large school) teams in the province. Joshua Sampson added eight points for the Bombers, who led most of the game but struggled to close it out. In the third quarter, play was so sloppy that the L.V. Rogers starters were all pulled and the bench players saw action until deep into the fourth quarter.
Aaron Williams scored 12 points, grabbed six rebounds and made three steals to lead the Class AA (mid-size school) Rainmakers (6-6) in their upset bid. Lindsay Smith chipped in 10 points and six rebounds for Prince Rupert.
L.V. Rogers 57, Alameda 44
Joshua Sampson scored 23 points, grabbed seven rebounds, made three steals and dished out three assists as the L.V. Rogers Bombers of Nelson, British Columbia, claimed a first-round victory over the Alameda (Calif.) Hornets.
Sean Denison, L.V. Rogers' 6-foot-10 center, added 22 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots, while Matthew Fuhr scored nine points, grabbed four rebounds, made two steals and had two assists for the Bombers (12-0).
Mark Gillman, who only stands 6-0, scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Alameda (4-5) in both categories. Joseph Park added nine points and Jeremee Timms had eight points for the Hornets, who had no player taller than 6-3.
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