Capital City sweep

Posted: Thursday, December 30, 2010

Juneau-Douglas made it a boys-girls sweep of the Princess Cruises Capital City Classic on Wednesday with a 47-42 win over West Valley.

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Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

The Crimson Bears were on fire early, especially guard Tony Yadao. After struggling to shoot the ball through the first two games, Yadao scored 11 first-quarter points off three 3-pointers and a nifty up-and-under move, and then added five more in the second quarter for 16 in the first half on 5 of 11 shooting.

The junior finished with 18 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Yadao said he had feeling it was going to be a good night when the first 3-pointer dropped through the net.

"I'm just glad that I was able to get my teammates involved and they were able to find me, too," he added.

The JDHS press wreaked havoc in the early going, and the Bears had 11 points off turnovers in the first half.

A Yadao triple broke a 4-all tie, igniting a 12-0 run. Another Yadao 3-ball made it 16-4, and Kade Campbell broke the Wolfpack dry spell with two free throws, but Yadao sank another triple to make it 19-6, and JDHS led 21-9 after the first eight minutes.

"Tony got some better looks," JDHS coach Steve Potter said of Yadao, who struggled shooting the ball in the tournament's first two games. "I think he was pressing a little bit and taking high-degree-of-difficulty shots. He's capable of making those, but he was entering with those shots instead of letting the easy ones come, and then working his way up."

The Bears cooled off in the second quarter as West Valley began to heat up. Yadao made three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point shot to make it 24-11, JDHS, but Kent Ariola answered with a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 10. Down 26-14, the Wolfpack went on an 8-0 run to further cut into the Bears' lead.

Campbell broke free for a lay-up to start things off. Anthony Vealy scored inside, Will Vealy drove the lane for a tough bucket and John Renfroe scored underneath the basket.

An Evan Gross free throw broke the dry spell for JDHS, and then the 6-foot-7 center swatted the final shot attempt of the first half with the Bears ahead 27-22, igniting the crowd.

"I think in the first half, we got that first lead and started relaxing a little bit and taking it slow," Yadao said. "At halftime, Coach gave us a good speech on what we weren't doing and what we needed to do. We started playing more as a team after that."

"I thought we started off playing at our tempo and either we relaxed, or we got into the individual part," Potter added. "We lost our rhythm and we didn't respond very well. Their zone gave us trouble that it probably shouldn't have and when we finally got patient, we got looks inside for Jazz (De'Andre King)."

Juneau-Douglas went inside to King for four straight points to start the second half.

King, later named the tournament MVP on the boys' side, then scored three the old-fashioned way, Hurtte drained a 15-footer and sophomore Jeffrey Pusich came off the bench to splash a long jumper as JDHS took a 38-30 lead into the fourth quarter.

"Our guards started being patient, and believing in Jazz gave him the opportunity to be the deserved MVP of the tournament," Potter said. "In the beginning of the game, we went inside to him four times in a row and they fouled him every time. They were fouling him because they couldn't guard him, and we went away from it."

A six-point spurt by West Valley cut the deficit to 3, 39-36, at the 5-minute mark.

JDHS answered with its own 6-0 run, including another 15-footer by Hurtte and another bucket inside for King to push the lead back to nine, 45-38.

West Valley again closed within three after a lay-up by Anthony Vealy with just 24.7 seconds remaining, but Hurtte sank two free throws and the Wolfpack turned it over on the ensuing possession on a five-second violation.

Joining King on the All-Tournament team was Hurtte, Ibesate and Yadao, as well as West Valley's Renfroe, Anthony Vealy and William Vealy, Hoonah's Cameron Smith and Haines' Tyler Swinton.

JDHS (3-0) is at Kodiak on Jan. 6.

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