Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé boys basketball team fell to West Valley 61-46 in their final game of the Denali State Bank Ice Jam, Saturday, in Fairbanks.
The Crimson Bears held their own against the Wolfpack in the first half, leading 13-12 after the first quarter behind sophomore Sean Oliver’s nine points and staying within a point after the second quarter to trail 30-29 at the break.
West Valley’s Tyna Luke scored 16 of the Wolfpack’s 18 second quarter points and would score a game high 35.
“This was our best game of the season,” JDHS coach Robert Casperson said. “We struggled to score in the third quarter because we had several turnovers combined with missing several shots. So we ended up scoring three points.”
West Valley held a 40-32 lead after three quarters.
JDHS sophomore Alwen Carrillo hit two deep shots past the arch in the fourth quarter, senior Porter Nelson one and Oliver another but West Valley scored 21 points in the stanza.
Oliver led the Crimson Bears with 18 points. Carrillo added 10, junior Orion Dybdahl eight, Nelson five, senior Chris Harris three and senior Tias Carney two.
JDHS was 5-6 at the charity stripe, West Valley 16-23.
Luke led West Valley with 35 points. Kolhn Thompson added seven, Elijah Dominique five, Stewart Erhart and Kobe Amio four apiece, Jarran Sims and Caden Davis two apiece, Adam Kawka and Kaydin Dayton one apiece.
“I like the way we defended with intensity on the ball and great collective awareness away from the ball,” Casperson said. “We made it tough for most of them to score. Offensively we were aggressive and unselfish. The ball moved quickly and we cut hard.”
Oliver received Player of the Game honors.
Casperson said Tias Carney was selected to the all-tourney team for “his tough defense, aggressive rebounding and incredible hustle.”
JDHS lost to Lathrop 55-48 and to Wasilla 73-59 earlier in the tournament.
The Crimson Bears will play at Thunder Mountain on Friday and Saturday.