Crimson Rolls

Posted: Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Juneau-Douglas harassed and pressured Haines into 29 turnovers Tuesday, and the Crimson Bears blitzed the defending 3A state champion Glacier Bears 66-41 in the second round of the 20th Annual Princess Cruises Capital City Classic.

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Juneau-Douglas (2-0) faces West Valley today at 7 p.m. for the championship trophy.

"We're getting better and that's the whole point. We'll have a true championship game against West Valley, and they've got some pretty exciting players and it will be a good test for us," JDHS coach Steve Potter said of tonight's matchup. "They've got a long, athletic guy (John Renfroe), and had four guys in the dunk contest. They have a really quick, left-handed point guard (William Vearly), and it will be a nice challenge for our guys."

The Crimson Bears held the quickness advantage in the backcourt, and Juneau-Douglas sophomore point guard Lance Ibesate took advantage, racking up nine steals.

"Coach always has something to say before games and the first thing he said was, 'Their guards won't be able to handle our pressure,'" Ibesate said. "We came out ready to defend and we got good pressure, and they turned it over."

Juneau-Douglas scored 17 points off turnovers to Haines' two.

The Glacier Bears' Logan Simpson went scoreless and had six turnovers, while Austin Badger had nine points but committed seven turnovers.

"That was our plan going in, to not back off," Potter said. "(Badger) made some nice plays but as the game wore on and we kept putting other guys on him, he wore down. That's the advantage of having more guys."

Juneau-Douglas scored the first 11 points of the game, all within a couple of feet of the basket. Senior forward De'Andre King, who finished with 11 points, scored six of the first 8 points of the game. Ibesate scored off a steal and then an old-fashioned 3-point play, followed by a steal and lay-up for senior guard Eddie Hurrte.

Haines answered with six straight, but junior Alec Calloway splashed a triple from the wing before scoring inside off a dish from sophomore guard Tony Yadao, who had five assists on the night. JDHS led 18-9 after the first quarter, and extended its lead to 12, 30-18, at the half.

The lead was 11 midway through the third period as Haines continued to hang around, but the Bears closed the frame with a 12-0 run to blow the game open.

Junior center Evan Gross hit a jump hook, Yadao and senior Travis Godfrey made back-to-back 3-pointers, followed by four straight points for Hurtte inside to close the quarter.

JDHS outscored Haines 18-16 over the fourth quarter.

The Crimson Bears held the Glacier Bears to 29.5 percent shooting for the game, and Potter was pleased with the overall defensive performance of his team.

"I thought Evan did a nice job on their big kid (Tyler Swinton)," Potter said. "He kept him in front of him and he scored some, but I think he got a lot of his points from the line."

Swinton scored 5 of his 14 points from the charity stripe.

King knotted a double-double, matching his 11 points with 11 boards. Ibesate just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine steals.Hurtte also scored 10, and Yadoa added nine.

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