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By SPENCER GLEASON
Daily News Sports Editor
The Ketchikan High School Kings will check mark a couple boxes this weekend that they haven’t crossed off yet this season — play on the road and compete against a conference foe.
After starting the season with a string of six home games, the Kings will accomplish both with one fell swoop when they travel to Juneau-Douglas High School to square off against the Crimson Bears on Friday and Saturday.
Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. on both dates.
“It’ll be a good test for us this weekend,” Kayhi coach Eric Stockhausen said. “They’re playing mostly guards. I think their tallest starter is a 6’1” player — sophomore. They’re playing a 5’10” guy at the forward spot.
“So they’re trying to play the game very fast,” he continued. “It’s a little bit different than what we do; it’s a little bit more dribble oriented. But they are really transitioning from defense to offense at a high rate.”
And the transition between the two aspects of the game has been a focus for the Kings the past two days of practice.
Kayhi has done 5-on-5 drills with offensive players beginning at half-court, and the defense having to catch-up.
“There’s just a business-like feel when we’re focusing on defense,” Stockhausen said. “It’s louder; it’s more aggressive. It’s more focused.”
And defense has been Kayhi’s key to a 5-1 record.
The Kings have limited opponents to 52 points per game while averaging 63.2 points per game on offense.
Juneau-Douglas (4-3) is averaging 60.1 points per game, while limiting opponents to 58 points per game.
But Stockhausen knows records don’t count when rivalries matchup against each other.
“Juneau is tough at home,” he said. “It doesn’t matter who’s playing. It’s a rivalry game. You can throw records out the window when rivalries play.
“There have only been two or three times in (maybe) the last 40 years that Ketchikan has been able to sweep Juneau at Juneau,” Stockhausen continued. “It’s a very tough place to play. Historically, before Thunder Mountain was there, it was not even possible.”
But regardless of the opponent or the gym, Stockhausen knows that if his Kings are able to control the various facets of the game, Kayhi will remain atop the Southeast Conference.
“We’ve got great kids, and we play a fun brand of basketball,” he said. “And we’re getting better at it.”
Notes: Kayhi’s Lee brothers — Marcus and Chris — will continue to climb the school’s all-time scoring chart this weekend.
Marcus Lee, who recently committed to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, currently sits fourth all-time with 1,220 career points.
He is tied with professional basketball player Damen Bell-Holter, who played two seasons at Kayhi.
Marcus Lee’s next point will give him sole possession for fourth all-time, and he is just 32 points behind Paul Axelson for third. Axelson has 1,252 career points.
Steve Ortiz and John Brown round out the top spots, first and second, respectively.
Likewise, Chris Lee has 809 career points for 20th all-time.
The junior guard is just 30 points behind Jesse LeBeau for 19th all-time, who tallied 839 career points during his time at Kayhi.
The Kayhi and Juneau-Douglas basketball games will be live streamed online on Friday and Saturday.
The Alaska Sports TV website (AlaskaSports.tv) will be streaming both games beginning at 8 p.m.