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By JOE JUDD
Daily News Sports Editor
The Ketchikan High School boys basketball team fell to Juneau-Douglas High School 54-46 in a Southeast conference game on Saturday night at the Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.
Playing in front of a nearly full crowd of mostly home supporters, the Kings were not able to complete a late comeback, and split the weekend with their rivals as a result.
Kayhi’s offense had trouble getting its shots to fall early in the game, as the Kings dug themselves a hole that proved to be too deep as the night went on.
A single free-throw shot by junior Marcus Lee represented all of Kayhi’s first-quarter scoring until junior Cody Kemble made a field goal from the foul line as the frame came to an end.
After the first eight minutes of play, the Kings trailed their rivals by a margin of 13-3.
Kayhi managed to cut its deficit to under 10 points briefly before halftime, but went to the locker room trailing Juneau-Douglas in both points scored and rebounding.
As was the case in Friday’s game, Juneau-Douglas used its height advantage to dominate both the offensive and defensive glass, thanks in large part to JDHS seniors Erik Kelly and Kolby Hoover.
Kelly and Hoover combined to score 28 points in the winning effort for the Crimson Bears.
On Friday, the Kings were able to make the proper adjustments at halftime, and came out much stronger in the third quarter en route to a comeback win.
The game on Saturday was a somewhat different story, with Kayhi finding itself in foul trouble late in the game, instead of during the opening minutes.
In the fourth quarter, the Kings and Crimson Bears mostly traded baskets, with Kayhi’s deficit always either eight or 10 points until the final minutes of play.
Lee fouled out with less than two minutes on the clock, ending his night with 18 points in total.
Sophomore Chris Lee totaled 16 points in the loss for the Kings, going 4-for-7 from the foul line and sinking a couple of 3-pointers.
The Kings and Crimson Bears will see each other again on Friday and Saturday in the capital city, in what will be the first of two consecutive weekends spent in Juneau for Kayhi.
Kayhi will wrap up its regular season schedule on March 2-3 with a pair of Southeast conference games against Thunder Mountain High School.
This year’s Region V Tournament will he held at the Clarke Cochrane Gym, and is set to commence on March 6.
Kayhi: Marcus Lee 18, Chris Lee 16, Cody Kemble 7, Kyle Smith 3, Kristian Pihl 2.
Juneau-Douglas: Erik Kelly 17, Kolby Hoover 11, Kasey Watts 10, Israel Yadoo 8, Krishant Sanntani 4, Luke Mallinger 3, Cooper Kriegmont 1.