Bears conquer Little Norway

JDHS finishes 2nd in Whitehorse after loss to Haines H.S.

Posted: Monday, December 31, 2007

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball junior varsity team captured the Little Norway Junior Varsity Tournament on Dec. 22 with a 66-39 victory over host Petersburg.

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The Crimson Bears raced to a 40-16 halftime lead and never looked back.

Justin Brooks scored a team-high 13 points to pace JDHS. Brian Koenig and Torie Franzen had 10 points each while Alex DeRocher added nine points.

Colin Gozelski scored eight points, Eric Sele had seven, Eddie Hurtte had four points and Sean Kelly made a free throw in the win. As a team, JDHS converted 23 of 30 free throws to seal the championship.

Bill Jensen led the Vikings with 10 points while Jase Payne and Zach Peeler tallied seven points each.

In game two of the tournament on Dec. 21, Juneau-Douglas downed Sitka's junior varsity 69-47.

Gozelski and Brooks scored 13 points each and Hurtte added 11 points in the win. Each player on the roster scored for JDHS.

Sitka's David Reynolds scored a game-high 16 points in defeat.

Juneau's toughest game of the tournament proved to be Friday's opener, a 63-53 overtime victory over Ketchikan's junior varsity on Dec. 20. With the score tied 46-46 at the end of regulation, JDHS sank 9 of 10 free throws in OT to down the Kings.

DeRocher had 16 points for JDHS, eight of which came in the extra period.

Sele had 16 points, Gozelski added 10 points and Franzen made two 3-pointers in the win.

Ketchikan's David Klein led all players with 25 points.

In Juneau-Douglas' first tournament of the year, the Bears reached the finals of the Whitehorse Tournament in Whitehorse, Yukon, but fell to Haines 88-79 in the final on Dec. 15.

The tournament was played under international rules, which included four 10-minute quarters and a 24-second shot clock. Alaska high school basketball has four 8-minute quarters and no shot clock.

Against the Glacier Bears, Sele led JDHS with 23 points. He also made all nine of his free throws.

Justin Gundersen had 18 points, DeRocher contributed 14 points, Corey Mahar scored 11 points, Franzen and Jazz King had five points each and Lawrence Fenumiai tallied three points in the loss.

Haines received a pair of mammoth performances from Kyle Fossman and Orion Falvey in the win. Falvey scored 31 points and Fossman added 30 in the win. Fossman had 26 points in the second half.

On Dec. 14, JDHS ripped Vanier, Yukon, 100-60.

JDHS had six players score in double figures as Gundersen's 21 points led the team.

DeRocher had 15 points, Gozelski scored 12 points, Mahar had 11 points while Franzen and Fenumiai scored 10 points each.

Tony Tompkins scored six points in the fourth quarter and Ben Hotch had four points in the win.

Juneau-Douglas defeated F.H. Collins, Yukon, 82-49 on Dec. 13 behind Mahar's 14 points.

Sele poured in 12 points, DeRocher scored 11 points and King had eight points for JDHS.

The Bears opened the tournament on Dec. 12 with a 103-53 whitewashing of Porter Creek, Yukon.

Gundersen had 23 points to lead all scorers as all 11 players scored in the win.

Next for the JDHS boys' JV is the Don Hather Tournament in Skagway starting Wednesday.

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