Juneau-Douglas Boys Rein In Kotzebue Huskies

    JDHS sophomore Sean Oliver (11) scores over Kotzebue sophomore Gage Swanson (33) during the Princess Tours Capital City Classic at JDHS on Monday. (Klas Stolpe)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau-Douglas Yadaa.at Kalé boys basketball team were running on all cylinders and in tune for the Kotzebue Huskies, posting a 76-39 win in the 2021 Princess Tours Capital City Classic on Monday at the JDHS gym.

      “It was great to get the jitters out and have an opponent that was going to play really hard against us,” JDHS coach Robert Casperson said. “It was really nice to see us respond to that challenge.”

      JDHS sophomores Sean Oliver and Alwen Carrillo and junior Kai Hargrave put the Crimson Bears up 8-0 before a minute had elapsed in game time. Junior Orion Dybdahl and Carrillo added buckets off rebounds and the Crimson Bears were on their way to a 20-7 advantage with three minutes remaining in the period and finished with a 22-13 lead starting the second stanza.

      “I thought we moved the ball really well tonight,” Casperson said. “Guys were looking to get each other open and we found a lot of layups.”

      JDHS’ Oliver hit a basket and was fouled to start the second period and Dybdahl blocked the next Kotzebue shot to start a fast break that ended with senior Tias Carney scoring on a layup for a 28-13 advantage. After a Kotzebue three by sophomore Zachary Roetman the Crimson Bears outscored the Huskies 16-8, including two deep shots by Carney, for a 44-23 lead at the half.

      JDHS was too strong inside in the second half, taking a 69-30 advantage after the third quarter.

      Kotzebue junior Devin Sheldon tried to bring the Crimson Bears defense outside with his third 3-point shot of the game in the fourth quarter but JDHS’ bench kept the pressure on until the buzzer.

      “I thought we went to the glass really well,” Casperson said. “We had some size and we didn’t expect to get a rebound because we were tall, we actually went to the glass and caused some problems for them. That was a nice change for us and we are going to need that moving forward because both of our next two opponents have a lot more size.”

      Oliver led JDHS with 19 points, Hargrave added 14, Carney nine, Carrillo eight, Dybdahl seven, junior Joseph Aline five, junior Chris Harris three, and seniors Porter Nelson, Jake Sleppy, and Adrell Mulgrew-Truitt two each, and junior Caden Mesdag one.

      JDHS hit 14-28 from the charity stripe, Kotzebue 8-12.

      Kotzebue was led by 14 points from Sheldon, Roetman added eight, Aiden Ivanoff seven, Bron Baldwin and Tyran Lane three apiece, and Ayden Wesley and Kevin Schaeffer two apiece.

      JDHS will Eagle River at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The JDHS girls play Thunder Mountain at 5 p.m., the Kotzebue girls play Eagle River at 1 p.m. and the West Anchorage boys plays Kotzebue at 3 p.m.

      To play Eagle River, Casperson said “Everyone needs to get about three inches taller, put on about 20 pounds of muscle, because those guys were big and strong today when we watched them play. We’re going to just keep working on moving the ball and trying to create mismatches where we can and then see what opportunities present themselves.”

    Above - JDHS sophomore Slwen Carrillo (3) defends Kotzebue senior Aiden Ivanoff during the Princess Tours Capital City Classic at JDHS on Monday. (Klas Stolpe)

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