Thunderbirds Soar into Championship Game

    Kake senior Dakwaneek Crookes (33) soars to save a loose ball in the Thunderbirds 78-49 semifinal win over Skagway in the Region V 1A Championships at Thunder Mountain on Thursday. (Klas Stolpe/KINY)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Kake Thunderbirds soared past the Skagway Panthers 78-49 in a semifinal at the 2022 Southeast Region V 1A Boys Basketball Tournament at Thunder Mountain High School on Thursday.

      Kake outscored Skagway 19-6 in the first quarter behind nine points from junior Ethan Kadake, four apiece from senior Dakwaneek Crookes and junior Brandon Ward, and two from junior Nicholas Davis.

      Kadake would hit three shots past the arc in the second quarter while Skagway got one apiece past the arc from junior Austin Bricker, eighth grader Royce Borst and senior Benjamin Burnham to stay within 15 points, 37-22, going into the half.

       Skagway cut their deficit to 12 points to start the second half on a deep shot by Bricker, but Kake countered with their power inside as Crookes muscled for three straight scores and a 43-28 lead.

      All 15 points for Skagway in the third stanza came on shots past the arc, two apiece from Bricker and junior Josh Cochran, and one apiece from by junior Marc Robitaille and Borst.

      Kake spread the wealth as six players found the net, including Crookes, Kadake, Ward, sophomore Dominic Ross, sophomore Sidney Austin and junior power forward Kenneth Aceveda.

      Thunderbird sophomore guards Tristan Ross-Shaquanie and Ross guided Kake into a 60-40 advantage with just eight minutes remaining.

      Kake opened the fourth quarter with a 14-2 run, including baskets by Kadake, Crookes, Ross, and Austin.

      Skagway answered with three scores by Bricker but Kake’s Aceveda and Ross-Shaquanie closed out the game.

      Kadake led the Thunderbirds with 25 points. Crookes added 16 points, Ross nine, Austin seven, Ward and Aceveda six apiece, N. Davis four, freshman Talen Davis three, and Ross-Shaquanie two.

      Kake shot just 1-2 at the charity stripe, Skagway 1-1.

      Bricker led the Panthers with 22 points. Cochran added 13, Borst eight, and Robitaille and Burnham three apiece.

      Kake will play in the Region V 1A Championship game at 7:45 p.m. Friday against Klawock, a 40-35 winner over Yakutat.

      Skagway falls into an elimination game at 2:30 p.m. Friday and will play the winner of a 9:15 a.m. Friday elimination game between Thorne Bay and Hoonah.

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