Perhaps the long layoff away from the basketball court attributed to Tuesday's outcome — but then again, maybe not.
Excuses aren't the way to look at the Ketchikan High School Kings' 55-39 loss to Juneau-Douglas High School on Tuesday evening. But the past couple days for the Kings weren't by design, of course.
Airline flight delays played a role in that, as the Kings were detoured by weather from their originally scheduled Monday flight to a game-day flight on Tuesday afternoon.
But for whatever the reason, the Kings were unable to find a rhythm against the No. 3 Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears on Tuesday night in the opening round of the Region V 4A tournament in Juneau.
The No. 2 Kings were held to just nine points in the first quarter — all nine coming from Ketchikan senior Chris Lee.
And by the half, Juneau-Douglas carried a 23-16 lead, en route to the win.
Ketchikan wasn't able to gain any traction in the second half, as the Kings were held to just eight points in the third quarter.
And Ketchikan's 15-point outburst in the final frame wasn't enough to outdo Juneau-Douglas' 21 points in the fourth quarter.
Chris Lee finished the game with 23 points. Ketchikan senior James Nordlund was next in line, hitting all seven of his points in the second half.
The duo combined to be 9-of-15 from the free throw line. As a team, the Kings hit 55% of their freebies, going 10-for-18.
Ketchikan's Max Malouf and Zach Hanchey gave Ketchikan some defensive support in the fourth quarter.
That duo helped slow down the Crimson Bears' trio of Brock McCormick, Cooper Kriegmont and LJ Elizarde. All three finished the game in double figures, scoring 11, 11 and 10, respectively.
But the trio was held to just five baskets in the last quarter.
Juneau-Douglas advances to play Thunder Mountain High School in the regional semifinal at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday. The Kings will face the loser of that game at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday.
Ketchikan: Chris Lee 23; James Nordlund 7; Tyler Slick 3; Joeben Lorenzo 2; Josh Rhoads 2; Kristian Pihl 2.
Juneau-Douglas: Brock McCormick 11; Cooper Kriegmont 11; LJ Elizarde 10; Austin McCurley 7; Malakai Nichols 6; Garrett Bryant 5; Tad Watson 5.
For the second consecutive game on Tuesday, the scoreboard briefly shut off.
It happened at the 3:41 mark in the fourth quarter of the Kings' matchup against Juneau-Douglas. It wasn't noticed for several moments, as play continued, and Ketchikan freshman Joeben Lorenzo hit a 3-pointer.
The three was called off after the blank scoreboard was noticed. After a short delay, play resumed with Ketchikan having possession, and running an inbounds play.
The same thing happened during the girls' game, previously.
The Lady Kings played Thunder Mountain High School, and the scoreboard shut off for a one-minute delay before play resumed.
No shot was attempted during the girls' game while the scoreboard was off.
The Kings' next opponent is undetermined, but they know they will lock up with somebody at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday. Ketchikan will play the loser of the Thunder-Mountain and Juneau-Douglas game, which is slated for 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday.
Thursday afternoon's matchup will determine the Kings' season. A victory adds another day to their year; a loss ends their season.
The Kings must win outright to advance to the state tournament later this month in Anchorage. If they win Thursday, they will have to beat their opposition again on Friday and Saturday, as it's a double-elimination tournament.