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By JOE JUDD
Daily News Sports Editor
The Ketchikan High School boys basketball team beat the visiting Mount Edgecumbe High School Braves 60-45 on Friday night at the Clarke Cochrane Gym.
It was Kayhi’s first home game since Jan. 6, and the Kings did not disappoint the appreciative local crowd during its third consecutive win.
From the game’s onset, Kayhi used a number of offensive rebounds and its superior speed to generate open 3-pointers, which helped the Kings establish an offensive identity early in the game.
Kayhi head coach Eric Stockhausen said after the game that his team displayed a lot of confidence and played an unselfish style of basketball as seen on its recent pair of road trips to Wasilla and Anchorage.
“I’m real proud of my kids,” Stockhausen said. “All of our guys played with a ton of confidence.”
The Kings pressed their opponents on defense and generated multiple second-chance scoring opportunities on the opposite side of the ball during the first two quarters, and began to pull away from the Braves as the first half wound down.
By the end of the first half, the Kings’ team-first mentality allowed them to double up the score Mount Edgecumbe plus one point, taking a 31-15 lead into the locker room.
“We have the right team mindset,” Stockhausen said. “We’re going to share the ball and take what’s given to us.”
The second half took on a different but equally effective look for Kayhi, as 3-pointers took a backseat to driving the ball inside, drawing contact, and heading to the free-throw line for either one or two shots.
More often than not, it was sophomore Chris Lee taking the hit under the rim and heading to the line.
Lee finished the night with 16 points overall for Kayhi and went 2-for-3 from the free-throw line.
Junior Marcus Lee got off to a slow start offensively, but came alive in the second half to help put the finishing touches on the night’s competition.
Kayhi established a strong advantage as the final 16 minutes ticked away, going up by 20 points during certain segments of the fourth quarter.
Although the Braves managed to cut their deficit to as few as 11 points, a comeback was not in the cards for them, as the Kings passed the final minute off the clock to secure the win.
Junior Cody Kemble was a handful for the Braves from the opening tip. His 17 points led the Kings offensively, and when he wasn’t sinking a 3-pointer, he was establishing dominance in the low post, or preventing it on defense.
Kemble wasn’t the only one wearing home white to put up effective numbers on offense.
Five different Kings converted a 3-point field goal in the winning effort, while six Kings overall found themselves in the scorebook with at least one point to their credit.
In total, Kayhi made eight 3-pointers on the night.
Junior Jake Taylor scored nine points on a trio of 3-pointers to open the game in the first quarter.
Stockhausen credited the 3-point barrage to the team’s offensive game plan, and its insistence on forcing the defense to make a difficult, quick decision to prevent a Kayhi score.
“The choice is, cut Marcus (Lee) off and leave one of three guys in a position to shoot, or let him go to the rim,” Stockhausen said. “That’s what we’re always trying to do.”
While the offense might have taken center stage, Stockhausen said it was the Kayhi defense that also deserves a lot of credit.
Stockhausen put emphasis on preventing opponents from always matching a Kayhi basket.
“You have to get stops to win games,” Stockhausen said.
The Kings and Braves will meet again at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday to wrap up the two-game series at the Cochrane Gym.
Kayhi: Cody Kemble 17, Chris Lee 16, Marcus Lee 10, Jake Taylor 9, Kyle Smith 5, Kristian Pihl 3.
Mount Edgecumbe: Isiah Rexford 14, Al Samuelson 9, Bear Brown 8, Emmett Dunway 8, Jonathan Constantine 3, Jarvis Evans 2, Jeffrey Adams 1.
Kayhi JV 58, Mount Edgecumbe JV 54
It took more than four quarters to decide a winner in Saturday’s junior varsity game between Kayhi and Mount Edgecumbe, with the Kings emerging victorious by a 58-54 final score.
Both teams traded buckets and the lead for the first 32 minutes of the game, as the Kings and Braves found themselves deadlocked at 50 points each.
The JV Kings scored the first three baskets of overtime, but the Braves responded with two scores to make it a 56-54 game, in favor of Kayhi.
With 15.1 seconds remaining and a four-point lead, Kayhi stole an Edgecumbe inbound pass and kept possession of the ball to secure a close win.
Kayhi: Chris Smith 18, ER Caparas 15, Gavin Salazar 12, James Nordlund 7, Josh Gentry 4, Kylar Charles 2.
Mount Edgecumbe: Isaiah Kline 12, Jonathan Constantine 11, Jeffry Adams 10, Ronald Alstrom-Beans 10, Ayden Alstrom-Beans 5, Benjamin Melovidov 4, Jarvis Evans 2.
Kayhi C 53, Mount Edgecumbe C 47
The C-team for Kayhi battled Mount Edgecumbe to a 53-47 victory in the first of three games between the Kings and Braves on Friday evening.
A tight game in the first half eventually turned into more of a Kayhi-dominated second half of play, despite more than a few turnovers coming at the Kings’ expense.
After three quarters, the Kings led the Braves by nine points. Mount Edgecumbe was able to put together some quality offensive possessions, but could not grab a lead.
By the final two minutes of play, Kayhi had established a double-digit lead, which forced the Braves to send the Kings to the foul line, as the home squad put the finishing touches on a victory.
Kayhi: Hunter Matthews 18, Besjean Kambery 8, Tyler Slick 8, Patrick Garcia 6, Kyla Charles 3, Josh Gentry 3, Seth James 1.
Mount Edgecumbe: Ethan Ivan 17, Kavik Hoffman 8, RJ Alstrom-Beans 8, Vladimir Bourdvkofsky 4, Ayden Alstrom-Beans 3, Benjamin Melovidov 3, Keith Johns 2.