In what has proven to be a precursor to the Region V 4A first-round matchup, the Ketchikan High School Kings and Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears closed out the regular season against each other on Saturday in the capital city.
But for the second straight night, the final didn’t fall in the Kings’ favor.
After jumping out to a 22-19 lead in the first quarter, the Kings fell behind 38-35 at the half. And Juneau-Douglas won 75-68.
The Crimson Bears’ Cooper Kriegmont and Brock McCormick were responsible for 52 of those 75 tallies. Kriegmont finished with 27, and McCormick had 25.
The duo hit all five of the Juneau-Douglas’ 3-pointers.
The Kings’ Chris Lee led all scorers with 34 points, including three 3-pointers.
Ketchikan’s Kristian Pihl and Tyler Slick also knocked down shots behind the arc.
Pihl finished the game with 11 points. Slick, who has been battling an illness, had five points.
Ketchikan’s Josh Rhoads followed his 18-point performance on Friday with another double-digit scoring spree on Saturday. Rhoads knocked in another 16.
The two teams will have more than a week to prepare for their next head-to-head matchup.
The Kings will carry the No. 2 seed in the Region V tournament. Juneau-Douglas has the third seed.
After Ketchikan dropped its set of games against Juneau-Douglas, Thunder Mountain High School will enter the double-elimination tournament as the top seed.
Ketchikan and Juneau-Douglas will lock up on March 10 at Juneau-Douglas High School.
The two teams have split their four games against each other. The Kings swept the Crimson Bears during a two-game series at Kayhi earlier this season.
Juneau-Douglas returned the deed on its home court this weekend.
Ketchikan: Chris Lee 34; Josh Rhoads 16; Kristian Pihl 11; Tyler Slick 5; James Nordlund 2.
Juneau-Douglas: Cooper Kriegmont 27; Brock McCormick 25; Garrett Bryant 11; Malakai Nichols 4; Austin McCurley 4; LJ Elizarde 2; Tad Watson 2.
*Stats courtesy of official scorebook.
Lee continues record-breaking season
After scoring 30 points on Friday, and adding another 34 on Saturday, Ketchikan senior Chris Lee sits at 1,883 career points.
The Kings’ all-time leading scorer finishes the regular season with a 30-point game for the seventh time in his career — six, of which, happened this season. And he hit the 30-point plateau in consecutive games for the third time in his high school career. All three happened this year.
He will enter the Region V tournament in March with 640 points this season — just needing 22 more to tie the Kings’ single season record, set by Jeff Whicker in 2010. Whicker scored 662 points that year.
Lee is currently third on the Kings’ single season list. Damen Bell-Holter is sandwiched between the two. He scored 657 points in 2008.
Lee broke the Kings’ all-time scoring record earlier this season, surpassing Steve Ortiz’s 46-year-old record of 1,788 career tallies.
Ortiz played for the Kings in the early 1970s, graduating in 1974. He scored 628 points his senior year.
Any basket Lee makes from here on out will still count toward his season and career totals.
Pihl piles on more points
Ketchikan senior Kristian Pihl has steadily climbed the Kings’ all-time scoring leaderboard, and now sits at 24th all-time with 753 total points in his high school career.
He is just one point shy of his cousin, Alex, on that list.
Pihl passed Ketchikan’s Ron Mueller (738), Brandon Nicholas (740) and Mo Bullock (744) in the past couple weeks. But he still sits a ways away from his dad, Kris, on that list.
Kris Pihl finished his Kings’ career with 910 points.
Just like Lee, any basket Kristian Pihl makes from here on out will still count toward his career total.