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Juneau boys fall to North Kitsap in finale

Bear boys, girls finish second

Posted: Friday, December 31, 2004

The streak is over.

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team's run of 11 straight Capital City Classic titles and 35 consecutive tourney wins ended Thursday in a 74-58 loss to North Kitsap at the JDHS main gym.

The Vikings, of Poulsbo, Wash., dominated the paint against the host Crimson Bears at the JDHS main gym, ending Juneau's winning streak that dated back to a 1992 loss to Bartlett.

"It was a good old-fashioned (butt)-kicking," Juneau coach George Houston said as he watched the Vikings accept their trophies and medals. "They really out-played us, and I was really impressed with them before."

The Vikings became just the second non-Juneau team to win the boys half of the tournament since the Capital City Classic started in 1991, and they handed Juneau just their second loss in 42 tournament games over the 14 years of the event.

CAPITAL CITY CLASSIC CHAMPS

Past winners of the Capital City Classic, which started in 1991:

BOYS

2004 North Kitsap (Poulsbo, Wash.)

2003 Juneau-Douglas

2002 Juneau-Douglas

2001 Juneau-Douglas

2000 Juneau-Douglas

1999 Juneau-Douglas

1998 Juneau-Douglas

1997 Juneau-Douglas

1996 Juneau-Douglas

1995 Juneau-Douglas

1994 Juneau-Douglas

1993 Juneau-Douglas

1992 Bartlett

1991 Juneau-Douglas

North Kitsap used a 13-0 run at the end of the first quarter to take a 23-9 lead, and the Vikings were never threatened after that. The Vikings led 44-21 at halftime and, after Juneau closed to within 16 points, 56-40, entering the fourth quarter, North Kitsap used another 8-0 run to blow the game back open.

Leading the way for the Vikings (5-2 overall, 3-0 in the tournament) was senior center Ryan Young, who scored 25 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked three shots to earn tournament MVP honors. Young, a Washington state javelin champion who has accepted a track scholarship offer at California-Berkeley, teamed up with forward Jared Prince (nine points, eight rebounds) to dominate Juneau's young post players. Senior guard Jacob Gonzales also scored 25 points for the Vikings. Prince and Gonzales made the all-tournament team for North Kitsap.

"We talked about this before we came up here," said North Kitsap coach Aaron Nations, who is in his second year with the team. "This is our first chance since I've been here to get first (at a tournament), not in the summer and not at camp. ... We were 2-17 the season before I took over, and 6-14 last year and we're 5-2 now."

"It's big. We came up here looking to win three games so we could build our confidence for the season," said Young, who broke his leg as a sophomore and didn't find his stride until the middle of his junior season. "We played how we're capable of playing, and for a full 32 minutes."

Young, who also won the tournament's slam dunk contest, dominated the paint against Juneau's two sophomore posts, Will Egolf and Clae Baker, who matched up in height but not in bulk. Senior Mychal Hutcherson and junior Bryan Ryder also saw action against Young, but foul trouble sent Hutcherson back to the bench early. Teaming up with Prince, the two Vikings outrebounded the four Juneau big men 17-5.

"Ryan stepped up, and Prince, he just cleaned it up," Nations said. "Prince is the quarterback on the football team and he plays baseball, but on the basketball team he just does the grunt work."

"We've been struggling the last couple of years," Prince said. "For a lot of our younger guys who went through that, it's nice to see us get going."

When Juneau collapsed its defense into the paint, Gonzales was able to step up and hit a jumper to pull the defense back out again. Gonzales hit three 3-pointers, and all three came to end Juneau runs.

"I remember thinking as a sophomore how much I wanted us to turn the program around by the time I was a senior," Gonzales said. "This is really big for us. We had one road win all last year, and we've already got four this year."

Losing the battle in the paint was a hard lesson for the Crimson Bears (2-1 overall, 2-1 in the tournament). At times, the younger post players looked tentative as they tried to match up against guys who were more used to banging bodies underneath the basket instead of finessing their way through the paint.

"He's stronger than we are, it was his strength," Egolf said of Young. "We were trying to front him, and we'd block him out but he'd still get past us."

"They were pretty strong," Baker said. "We tried to front them, but we probably should have backed up a step and used our hands. They're stronger and more experienced. I think we played a good first two games, but we were kind of tentative tonight."

Luke Miller scored 12 points and had four assists to lead Juneau, which only had one player reach double-figure scoring. Norman Zura scored eight points, grabbed a team-high six rebounds and added a block and a pair of assists, while Larry Cooper had seven points, three rebounds and two assists. Cooper made the all-tournament team, and was joined by teammates Scott Lesh and Tom Derbesy (who shared the team scoring lead Tuesday against Dimond).

"We were more aggressive in our other games," Cooper said. "We were kind of back on our heels tonight. Our big men need a little more work, but everyone was a little shaky. We can only go up from here. We can only get better."

Rounding out the all-tournament team were Dimond's Warren Lewis and Conor Scott, and Mike Redlinger of Service. North Kitsap also won the team sportsmanship award.

Lynx 69, Cougars 52

Dimond used scoring bursts at the end of each quarter to claim third place in the Capital City Classic with a victory over crosstown rival Service in Thursday's early game at the JDHS main gym. With the loss, the Cougars finished in fourth place in the tournament.

The Cougars did a good job containing Dimond's usual leading scorer Warren Lewis, allowing him to score just 12 points. But the Lynx (2-2 overall, 1-2 in the tournament) found other players to step up and take some of Lewis' scoring load. Andrew Conley scored 19 points to lead Dimond, with Conor Scott adding 16 and Janus Abello chipping in 11 points for the Lynx.

"It feels good. We were kind of shaken up on those first two losses," Lewis said. "Service put up a good fight. We learned where we're at, and we've got to get a lot better. But this makes things feel a lot better."

Service (1-5 overall, 0-3 in the tournament) was led by Mike Redlinger's 15 points and 12 from Alfredo Herrera. The Cougars were able to stay close to Dimond at times, but just when they'd get into striking distance they'd turn the ball over and the Lynx would make a small run to increase their advantage.

"We've got a couple of freshmen out there," Service coach Phil Jordan said. "You take away the end of the half and the ends of quarters, and we played them pretty even. We're still making some young mistakes. That's our whole purpose of playing in a tournament like this, is for each game to get better so we can see where we are in March."

• Charles Bingham can be reached at charles.bingham@juneauempire.com.

CAPITAL CITY CLASSIC AWARDS

The all-tournament team, MVP and sportsmanship awards from the 14th Annual Princess Cruises Capital City Classic.

Champion - North Kitsap Vikings.

Most valuable player - Ryan Young, North Kitsap.

All-tournament team - Tom Derbesy, Juneau-Douglas; Scott Lesh, Juneau-Douglas; Larry Cooper, Juneau-Douglas; Jacob Gonzales, North Kitsap; Warren Lewis, Dimond; Conor Scott, Dimond; Mike Redlinger, Service; Jared Prince, North Kitsap.

Team sportsmanship award - North Kitsap Vikings.

VIKINGS 74, CRIMSON BEARS 58

Thursday's boys game from JDHS

NORTH KITSAP (74) - Jacob Gonzales 9 4-5 25, Chris Zeringer 1 2-2 4, Travis Tobin 0 2-4 2, Jordan Henry 2 0-0 5, Mychal Harris 2 0-1 4, Kevin Masnayon 0 0-0 0, Ryan Young 8 9-9 25, Jeff Ottele 0 0-0 0, Eric Schippers 0 0-0 0, Dan Yee 0 0-0 0, Jared Prince 4 1-1 9. Totals: 26 18-22 74.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (58) - Larry Cooper 3 0-0 7, Norman Zura 3 1-2 8, Nico Saldivar 0 0-0 0, Tom Derbesy 1 0-0 2, Tres Saldivar 1 0-0 3, Luke Miller 5 1-2 12, Ryan Fagerstrom 1 0-0 2, Robert Beierly 0 0-0 0, Daryl Lew 0 0-0 0, Scott Lesh 2 0-0 5, Mychal Hutcherson 0 2-2 2, Kyle Huntsman 1 3-5 5, Cameron Cook 0 0-0 0, Clae Baker 3 0-2 6, Bryan Ryder 0 0-0 0, Will Egolf 3 0-1 6. Totals: 23 7-14 58.

NORTH KITSAP 23 21 12 18 - 74

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 9 12 19 18 - 58

3-point goals - North Kitsap 4 (Gonzales 3, Henry 1), Juneau-Douglas 5 (Cooper 1, Zura 1, T. Saldivar 1, Miller 1, Lesh 1). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - North Kitsap 17, Juneau-Douglas 19.

LYNX 69, COUGARS 52

Thursday's boys game from JDHS

SERVICE (52) - Sean Whitener 0 0-0 0, Spencer Cotten 0 0-0 0, Alfredo Herrera 4 4-5 12, Mike Redlinger 4 7-10 15, Markese Bookhard 2 1-4 6, Nash Cotten 3 0-0 8, Evan Wasserman 1 0-0 2, Marcus Lowe 3 0-0 7, Dumondd Odom 0 0-0 0, Brandon Britt 0 0-0 0, Cameron Allen 0 2-2 2. Totals: 17 14-21 52.

DIMOND (69) - Kyle Rochon 0 1-2 1, Warren Lewis 4 3-4 12, Prosad Dobbins 1 0-0 2, Andy Busch 1 2-3 4, Joe Moran 0 0-0 0, Janus Abello 4 1-4 11, Tim Evans 0 0-0 0, Andrew Conley 7 3-4 19, Tristan Davis 0 0-0 0, Conor Scott 6 4-10 16, Justin Ore 0 4-4 4, Randy Johnson 0 0-0 0, Mike Anderson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 18-31 69.

SERVICE 11 15 11 15 - 52

DIMOND 14 21 15 19 - 69

3-point goals - Service 4 (N. Cotten 2, Bookhard 1, Lowe 1), Dimond 5 (Abello 2, Conley 2, Lewis 1). Fouled out - Service 1 (Lowe), Dimond 0. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Service 22, Dimond 18.



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