A.B. Miller outscored Juneau-Douglas by 14 points in the second half to capture the Capital City Classic boys basketball title on Saturday.
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The Rebels from Fontana, Calif., used their speed and long-range shooting to down the Crimson Bears 71-53.
"The thing we focus on is trusting each other and having faith in each other," A.B. Miller coach John Romagnoli said. "That's part of why we're here. We're not just here to compete, we're getting ready for our league. ... It's a very special group of players."
The Crimson Bears (2-1) trailed by nine in the third quarter before reserve guard Robert Beierly helped pick up his team.
The senior scored five straight points as JDHS crept within four points of the lead.
A.B. Miller's Corey Vigil, however, knocked down a 3-pointer as time expired to kill Juneau's momentum. Deondre Brodie opened the fourth quarter with another 3-point shot as the Rebels went on to open an insurmountable 20-point lead.
"I think we learned right off that we're not mentally tough enough yet," JDHS coach Steve Potter said. "I thought we made a good run to close out the third quarter and gave up that 3. Then they started the fourth quarter with another 3. That got them going again. We had the momentum and those two shots turned it right around and they outplayed us from then on out. It was pretty clear."
While A.B. Miller didn't have the height of Juneau-Douglas, the Rebels owned an advantage in speed.
From the beginning, A.B. Miller looked to run at every opportunity and score in transition. The Rebels swarmed the passing lanes and seized a 17-6 first-quarter lead.
"We're a fast-break team," A.B. Miller forward Mychael Hearn said. "That's what we practice. We're a run-and-gun team. We try to out-run zones or any type of press. We've really good guards so that's what we do."
In addition to trying to outrun Juneau, the Rebels immediately attacked 6-foot-9 center Will Egolf.
The senior picked up three fouls in the first 10 and half minutes of play and one more just moments into the second half. He eventually fouled out in the fourth quarter after scoring six points.
"Once we saw (Egolf) in foul trouble we just started taking it to him even more and tried to foul him out of the game," Hearn said. "With him out of the game it can make the game a whole lot easier."
With Egolf mired in foul trouble, Juneau's bench provided a spark.
Backup forward Sam Clark knocked down a 3-pointer and then dished to Clae Baker for a bucket to cut A.B. Miller's lead to 26-24 late in the second quarter.
Hearn stopped the bleeding for A.B. Miller by converting a no-look pass from point guard Josh Segovia to make the score 28-24 at halftime.
"I thought they did great when Will was out of the game," Potter said. "We're not Will and the Miracles. We're not as effective when he's not in there, but I thought we still played extremely hard."
Four A.B. Miller players scored in double figures as Jonathan Jury led all scorers with 15 points. Hearn added 13 points while Segovia and tournament MVP Zach von Pertz chipped in 12 points each in the win. Dominique Brinson led JDHS (2-1) with 13 points while Baker added 12 in defeat.
Porter Creek 53, NBC Thunder 50.
Sina Kazemi poured in a game-high 21 points to lead Porter Creek from Whitehorse, Yukon Territories to a victory over Northwest Basketball Camp Thunder from Spokane, Wash.
Tim Steele-Beaver added 11 points, Zack Carey and Sam Johnson scored nine each and Brandon Wilks hit two free throws for the Rams. Porter Creek took third place with the win.
Cody Shackett led NBC Thunder with 13 points. Willie Lopez had nine points, Dontae Davis added eight, Caleb Barsh and Sam Hatley scored seven each, Alex Lund added four and Bryce Schule scored two points for the Thunder.
A.B. Miller 71, JDHS 53
JD 6 18 12 17 - 53
ABM 17 11 15 28 - 71
ABM (71) - Brown 3, Hearn 13, Brodie 9, Vigil 7, von Pertz 12, Segovia 12, Jury 15.
JDHS (53) - Brinson 13, Saldivar 3, Larson 2, Clark 5, Beierly 9, Cook 3, Baker 12, Egolf 6.
Porter Creek 53, NBC Thunder 50
PC 13 13 14 13 - 53
NBC 9 14 19 18 - 50
NBC (50) - Lopez 9, Barsh 7, Schule 2, Lund 4, Hatley 7, Shackett 13, Davis 8.
PC (54) - Kazemi 21, Johnson 9, Wilks 2, Steele-Beaver 11, Carey 9.
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