As the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team prepared to kick off its 2002-03 season, one of coach George Houston's worries was how the Crimson Bears would replace some of their outside shooters who graduated in June.
One of the players Houston thought might be able to step into the role of shooting guard was junior Alex Heumann, who led the junior varsity in scoring last year but only scored 12 points in limited varsity time.
So far, Heumann has more than adequately filled in the role of designated sharp-shooter.
Heumann - who was a member of what teammate David Jones called "The 30-Point Margin Club" last year, the group of varsity players who only got in when games were well in hand - hit five 3-pointers, scored 16 points and dished out three assists Monday night to lead the Crimson Bears to a 79-58 victory over L.V. Rogers of Nelson, British Columbia, as Juneau won its 10th straight championship of the Capital City Classic.
In earning tourney MVP honors, Heumann scored at least 15 points and made at least four 3-pointers in each of Juneau's three games as the Crimson Bears posted a 3-0 record in the tournament. L.V. Rogers finished second in the tournament with a 2-1 record, while Alameda, Calif., was third at 1-2 and Prince Rupert, British Columbia, took fourth at 0-3.
Now that he's no longer a member of The 30-Point Margin Club, Heumann's become a charter member of Juneau's new "4-H Club" - the group of four Crimson Bears whose last names all start with the letter H that led Juneau in scoring on Monday. Senior forward Bryan Hamey scored 19 points, grabbed nine rebounds and passed out three assists to pace Juneau, while senior guards Sterling Henderson and Nik Hura added 12 points each with Henderson doling out four assists and Hura three. All four members of the 4-H Club made at least one 3-pointer in the game.
"I'm pretty happy," Heumann said as he tried to find hands to hold all of his tournament hardware (besides his MVP trophy, he also won the free-throw shooting contest). "I'm a little shocked, though."
"Alex has been doing that all year in open gyms," Hamey said. "We knew he could do it."
The Crimson Bears (3-0 overall) had their hands full in the first half with the Bombers (13-1), who are one of the favorites to win the Class AAA title in British Columbia.
Sean Denison, L.V. Rogers' 6-foot-10 center who will play for Santa Clara next year, scored 10 of his game-high 32 points in the first half as the Bombers swapped leads with Juneau until the break. L.V. Rogers led 23-22 with 2:11 left in the half, but Hura nailed two 3-pointers to close out the half with Juneau leading 28-23.
"We weren't comfortable at halftime," Henderson said. "We definitely didn't feel like we'd had the game won."
"We were kind of back on our heels," Hamey added. "We were more aggressive offensively in the second half."
L.V. Rogers, which also got eight points each from Jeremy Phelan and Josh Sampson, played the last four minutes of the half with Denison on the bench because Bombers coach Dale Dergousoff didn't want him to pick up his third foul.
"I was fine with us being down by five at halftime," Dergousoff said.
Juneau started to pull away a little bit in the third quarter, but it wasn't until the Crimson Bears hit six 3-pointers in the final minutes of the period that Juneau started to feel safe about its lead. In the fourth quarter, Juneau made three more 3-pointers as the Crimson Bears wore out the Bombers.
"It was like a domino effect for us," Heumann said. "Once Sterling hit a couple, or Nik or Bryan, we all started making them."
"I don't know what that is, but we usually try to keep it going," added Hura, who won the tournament's sportsmanship award.
"We feed off our teammates," Henderson said. "Coach (Houston) said one of the things about last year's team was its ability to step up to the challenge. We want to be able to step up, too."
While Denison led L.V. Rogers in scoring, Juneau was able to contain him on the boards. In L.V. Rogers' first two games, Denison finished in double-figure rebounds. On Monday, the Crimson Bears held Denison to just six boards and three blocks as Juneau's two 6-5 center-forwards Byron Wild and Adam Nelson double-teamed Denison. Wild had seven points and seven rebounds despite sitting much of the game with foul trouble, while Nelson added six points and four rebounds. As a team, Juneau outrebounded L.V. Rogers 35-23.
"If guys get into foul trouble, we've got guys who can pick it up," said Hamey, who thought his nine rebounds was a career high.
"As far as Byron goes, he got what he could have gotten against a pretty good (NCAA) Division I player," Henderson said.
Juneau also did a better job protecting the ball than L.V. Rogers, which had 20 turnovers to Juneau's 12. The Bombers had struggled with its ballhandling in its two early tournament games, but did better at protecting the ball in the first half against Juneau. But in the second half, Dergousoff said his players were wearing down and they started to make mistakes.
"Turnovers have been our Achilles' heel all season, but we'd been able to escape a dozen times and win," Dergousoff said. "We need it (a loss like Monday's). We needed to play a good, competitive team. We really missed our two guys who couldn't come on the trip. They (the Crimson Bears) just had so many more bodies. But this has been a total learning experience that we needed badly."
Hornets 63, Rainmakers 37
Alex Fleming scored 16 points and Jeremee Timms added 14 points and five rebounds as Alameda, Calif., ended a six-game losing streak by beating Prince Rupert, British Columbia, to claim third place.
Khris Timms scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds for the Hornets (5-6), while Michael Murphy chipped in six points and six rebounds and Mark Gillman had six points and three steals.
"We did a better job in our transition game and on defense," Alameda coach Eddie Ruiz said, adding that it was nice to see Fleming end his recent struggles. "It's nice to have him back. He's a key player for us. I think winning the 3-point contest helped him get his confidence back."
Prince Rupert (6-7) finished fourth in the tournament, but the Rainmakers kept the game close until the second half, trailing 29-26 at the break. Ian Urbanski led Prince Rupert with 13 points and eight rebounds (all eight came in the first half), while Aaron Williams added 12 points and eight rebounds. The Rainmakers committed 34 turnovers, while Alameda only had 12.
"We've still got some learning to do," Ruiz said. "Hopefully this will put us somewhat back on track. Getting off the schneid will help us."
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The all-tournament team and other special awards presented at the end of the Capital City Classic.
Most Valuable Player - Alex Heumann, Juneau-Douglas.
Sportsmanship Award - Nik Hura, Juneau-Douglas.
All-Tournament Team - Aaron Williams, Prince Rupert; Joseph Park, Alameda; Sean Denison, L.V. Rogers; Josh Sampson, L.V. Rogers; Joe Ayers, Juneau-Douglas; Bryan Hamey, Juneau-Douglas; Jeremy Phelan, L.V. Rogers; Byron Wild, Juneau-Douglas.
CRIMSON BEARS 79, BOMBERS 58
L.V. ROGERS (58) - Matthew Fuhr 2 2-3 6, Jeremy Fuhr 2 2-3 8, Jesse McLaughlin 0 0-0 0, Andrew Galewitz 0 0-0 0, Michael Buss 0 0-0 0, Joshua Sampson 2 3-3 8, Nathaniel Moulson 2 0-0 4, Jordan McLaren 0 0-0 0, Sean Denison 12 8-13 32, Addison Rickaby 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 15-22 58.
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (79) - Larry Cooper 0 0-0 0, Thomas Derbesy 1 0-0 2, Luke Miller 0 0-0 0, Tres Saldivar 0 0-0 0, Sterling Henderson 4 1-2 12, Alex Heumann 5 1-2 16, Nik Hura 4 2-3 12, Bryan Hamey 8 2-2 19, Joe Ayers 1 0-0 2, Kyle Huntsman 0 0-0 0, David Jones 1 0-0 3, Byron Wild 2 3-4 7, Kolt Garvey 0 0-0 0, Josh Monagle 0 0-0 0, Adam Nelson 3 0-0 6. Totals: 29 9-13 79.
L.V. ROGERS 13 10 22 13 - 58
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 14 14 27 24 - 79
3-point goals - L.V. Rogers 3 (Phelan 2, Sampson 1), Juneau-Douglas 12 (Heumann 5, Henderson 3, Hura 2, Hamey 1, Jones 1). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - L.V. Rogers 1 (Phelan 1), Juneau-Douglas 0. Total fouls - L.V. Rogers 12, Juneau-Douglas 18.
HORNETS 63, RAINMAKERS 37
ALAMEDA (63) - Steven Lieu 0 0-0 0, Charles Brown 0 0-0 0, Mark Gillman 3 0-2 6, Michael Murphy 2 1-2 6, Alex Fleming 7 1-1 16, Mike Gillman 0 1-2 1, Khris Timms 3 2-2 8, Jeremee Timms 5 2-3 14, Christian Omproy 1 0-1 2, Kevin Nious 0 0-0 0, Marshawn Green 0 0-0 0, Joseph Park 2 1-1 5, Andy Olveira 2 1-2 5. Totals: 25 9-16 63.
PRINCE RUPERT (37) - Brian Proctor 0 0-0 0, Gerren Henry 0 0-0 0, Lindsay Smith 1 0-1 2, Nick Salyn 0 1-2 1, Miguel Goncalves 1 0-1 2, Sam Doolan 0 0-0 0, Aaron Williams 6 0-3 12, Daryn Lawson 0 0-0 0, Ian Urbanski 6 1-3 13, Billy Nelson 2 1-2 7, Mark Grossman 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 3-12 37.
ALAMEDA 18 11 18 16 - 63
PRINCE RUPERT 13 13 8 3 - 37
3-point goals - Alameda 4 (J. Timms 2, Fleming 1, Murphy 1), Prince Rupert 2 (Nelson 2). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Alameda 18, Prince Rupert 15.