Monday, Dec. 29 - Boys tournament
Juneau-Douglas 67, Anacortes, Wash. 54
Senior forward Eric Gross scored six straight points during a 13-4 Crimson Bears run to close the third quarter, and the Seahawks never pulled closer than nine in a foul-riddled fourth period.
The win was Juneau-Douglas' fourth in a row to start the season and came in the round-robin tournament's defacto championship game after JDHS and Anacortes won their opening contests on Saturday.
The Bears jumped out to an early 12-4 lead just three minutes into the game after junior point guard Reese Saviers found a streaking Alex Fagerstrom on the break for an easy layup. The Seahawks emerged from a quick timeout in a sticky 2-3 zone, however, that slowed the tempo and forced JDHS into lengthy offensive possessions, passing around the perimeter.
Both teams went on the attack after made shots with full-court presses early in the first half, and the Bears clung to a slim lead for most of the first two periods. Anacortes was able to grab short-lived one-possession leads midway through each of the first two quarters, but JDHS quickly responded each time with a miniature run of its own.
Juneau-Douglas' struggles against the zone left them ahead by just a single point with three minutes remaining in the second. Saviers found an opening over the top, though, and connected on a pair of three pointers to stretch the halftime lead to 35-28.
Luke Averill, half of Anacortes' senior twin towers, picked up his fourth foul just two minutes into the third. Another senior forward, Ryan Hayes, picked up his third foul 20 seconds later, and the Seahawks were forced to play on with a small lineup.
After missing four straight free throws, Gross kicked off the decisive run to end the quarter with three hard-earned baskets inside.
The teams combined for 31 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter, as their tight, agressive defenses began to draw quick whistles. Anacortes hit just seven of their 16 attempts in the period, while the Bears were able to ice the win by hitting 10 of 15.
Gross led JDHS with 18 points, continuing his strong play after scoring 11 in Saturday's win over New Westminster. Junior Cody Grussendorf followed with 12 and Saviers added 11.
Fagerstrom and sophomore Colin Gozelski provided bursts of defensive intensity off the bench, finishing with eight and six points apiece, respectively.
Mackenzie Larkin, the other half of Anacortes' post duo, led the Seahawks with 23 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Averill added 11 in limited minutes. Jackson Kirkpatrick chipped in seven.
Lathrop 78, New Westminster 50
The Malemutes jumped out to a 24-8 lead after the first quarter against the Hyaks from British Columbia, and never trailed as they breezed to the 78-50 win Monday afternoon.
Lathrop rebounded from a heartbreaking late loss against Anacortes on Saturday with some hot early shooting against New Westminster. The 'Mutes hit four three-pointers and converted on nine of 10 free throw attempts before halftime for a 47-25 lead and an outside shot at hanging 100 points on the Hyaks.
Senior Nathan Wilson kept the momentum going in the third by scoring Lathrop's first eight points, including his second and third three-pointers of the game. He did not score again, though, as Lathrop coach Milo Griffin marched out all 11 of his available players in the second half. Wilson finished with 16 points on the game.
Kris Beale scored a game-high 18 for Lathrop, while Sam Green added 15.
Gupreet Ranu led the way for the Hyaks with 13 points, including a string of three-straight three-pointers in the second quarter. Jeff Zacharias chipped in 11 and Tyrell Belton added seven.
Monday, Dec. 29 - Girls Tournament
Juneau-Douglas 41, Wassilla 27
As usual, the Crimson Bears broke away from their worn out opponent in the second quarter, pushing a two-point lead to ten before halftime and maintaining a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.
Juneau-Douglas improved to 4-0 on the season by tasting sweet revenge against the Warriors, who toppled them in the opening round of last year's 4A State Championships.
Neither team was able to find their rhythm in the first quarter, ending with the Bears ahead by the score of just 8-6.
JDHS' 10-girl rotation began to wear on the Warriors' seven primary players in the second, though. A pair of layups from sophomore forward Sarah Tarver helped the Bears quickly expand their lead, and the onslaught continued as Wasilla was held to just two field goals in the period. A deep three-pointer from junior Brittany Fenumiai capped the half, extending the Junea-Douglas advantage to 23-13 before halftime.
Juneau-Douglas coach Lesslie Knight played all 12 of her available players in the game. Eleven of them, aside from starting point guard Mahlet Tingely, scored at least a point. Instead, Tingely added three assists, two steals, a block and an offensive rebound in 19 minutes.
Fenumiai led the way for Juneau-Douglas with nine points, Annette Highley added seven and Sarah Tarver six.
Jenna Johnson, an All-State selection last season, led the Warriors with 10 points.
Alexander 53, Kilsyth 51
The Aussie traveling team from Kilsyth began to shake off their jet lag Monday, battling eventual champion Alexander down to the wire.
Whitney Smith led the way with 23 points for the Spartans.
Jordan O'Shea had 14 to top the Kilsyth scorers.