Clutch second-half shooting and a deep bench propelled the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team to a 63-55 win over Club Kilsyth of Victoria, Australia, on Wednesday.
The Crimson Bears (5-1) won their fifth straight game and improved to 2-0 in Capital City Classic play. JDHS will take on fellow unbeaten team Hidden Valley at 8 p.m. Friday.
"Overall I thought we had good production from our bench," JDHS coach George Houston said. "I'm not pleased with the way we finished the game. I think the team thought with about four and a half minutes left that we had the game in hand. It looked like to me that we relaxed."
Holding a 47-41 lead after the first half, JDHS immediately took control of the game.
The Crimson Bears went on a 12-5 run to take a 59-46 lead midway through the quarter.
Kilsyth fought back late in the fourth quarter, but the damage was already done.
"I think we kind of lost our way a bit in the third quarter," Kilsyth coach David Renton said. "They're well-coached and those boys were patient."
Both teams came out gunning as Kilsyth's David Moore scored the Cobras' first six points.
Cobras forward Daniel Allan's three-point play gave Kilsyth a 21-17 advantage after the first quarter.
After enduring a 30-hour flight from Australia on Monday, Kilsyth appeared ready to run and gun.
"We had a bit of sleep," Renton said. "The first game was rough. The second game the boys were ready to play. They're excited. I think they wanted to enjoy the excitement. Eight points isn't the result we were looking for but we kept going and that's all you can ask."
Juneau-Douglas started to claw back into the game in the second half as it sliced Kilsyth's lead to 31-29 at the half.
Junior center Will Egolf scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half by aggressively attacking the basket.
"I thought he did a better job of establishing himself inside and going strong," Houston said. "I told him I want him to go to the basket and not go for a turnaround shot."
Juneau started to pull away from a determined Kilsyth team in the third quarter.
Substitute guard Nico Saldivar scored two points in the second half while Faifo Levale added three points along with a handful of strong rebounds.
"The big guy, 55, takes up a lot of paint and sets good picks," Renton said of Levale. "He does a lot of things people don't notice but coaches surely love."
Luke Miller led the Crimson Bears with 19 points, 15 of which came in the decisive second half. Ryan Fagerstrom posted 16 points while Scott Lesh and Nico Saldivar scored four each.
For Kilsyth, Morore scored a team-high of 18 points while Scott Dixon contributed 12 points and Zach Moult had seven points.
Hidden Valley, Ore. 64, Wasilla 32
Jordan Hayter poured in 19 points as Hidden Valley, Ore., improved to 2-0 in the Capital City Classic with a win over Wasilla.
Alex Demith added 12 points, Jimmy Sager scored 10 points and Cody Crowe contributed six points for the Mustangs.
Also in the win, Jordan Van Cleave, Joe Guevara, Reyes Aguelara, Kyler Kirchner, Jordan Kasler and Jeramiah Richardson scored.
For Wasilla (0-2), Jesse Bean and Brad Hobbs scored 10 points each.
Jack Troshynski and David Kellner-Rhode had four each while Jimmy Sliwa and Jeremiah Collins added two points a piece for the Warriors.
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