Having apparently dispatched their opening-game jitters the previous day, the Ketchikan High School Kings basketball team played a more confident game on Friday to best the Bartlett High School Golden Bears by a 73-48 margin.
“We were very pleased with the step forward that we took,” Kayhi head coach Eric Stockhausen said Friday evening from Wasilla, the host community for the Doc Larson Roundball Tournament. “The first game was a learning experience and we adjusted some things and our kids responded well today.”
The Kings jumped out to a fast 10-0 lead before Bartlett got on the board with a pair of free throws nearly 5 minutes into the first quarter.
What had been a porous inside defense in Thursday’s loss to Colony High School solidified on Friday. The Kings didn’t give the Golden Bears many open looks inside — or around the perimeter.
“We were in the right position defensively most of the game and that changed everything,” Stockhausen said. “…When you’re in the right spot, you just make it more difficult.
‘Yesterday we were maybe thinking too much,” he continued. “… So just getting that experience yesterday put us in a much better place. We watched a little bit of film, we know what were supposed to do, but getting yourself to do it automatically — we took a step in that direction today.”
Kayhi held a 14-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, and threw down another 20 points in a balanced scoring attack to build the margin to 34-20 at the half.
Josh Rhoads had 11 points in the half, and would end the contest with a game-high 17 points. Jared Rhoads scored six of his 12 points in the first half, as well.
“Josh had a great game yesterday. Jared was still trying to figure it out a little bit and we just have great confidence in our kids,” Stockhausen said. "Jared had a great game — 12 points, five rebounds, and extended minutes, and he played with a little more confidence. He was more comfortable from the experience yesterday, and we just hope he keeps moving forward, and he will.”
Clayton Olsted, who opened the contest with a 3-pointer, was effective from any range Friday. He knocked down 16 points, and, along with the two Rhoads, was confident in taking the ball to the hoop.
Kayhi scored 22 points in the third quarter, and another 17 in the fourth frame to conclude the game with a 73-48 win.
The Kings are set to play Wasilla High School at 7 p.m. Saturday on the third and final day of the Doc Larson tournament.
Stockhausen said Wasilla, which scored more than 80 points in a Thursday win against Bartlett, is a good long-range shooting squad.
“They shoot a lot of 3-pointers, so you live and die by the three,” he said, citing a team camp game that Kayhi played against Wasilla this past summer. “They hit a ridiculous amount (of 3-pointers) on us. … They really can shoot the ball and do. And we’re going to have to make those shots more contested than we did this summer. And if they go in we’re in for a long night.”
Kayhi shot 57% on Friday — a high number that the coach said is difficult to accomplish in back-to-back games.
But, new day, new challenge,” Stockhausen said. “We were vastly improved today, and we’re hoping to be a little bit better tomorrow.“
Kayhi — Josh Rhoads, 17; Clayton Olstad, 16; Jared Rhoads, 12; Joeben Lorenzo, 7; JJ Parker, 6; Archie Dundas, 6; Marcus Stockhausen, 6; Zach Hanchey, 3.
Bartlett — Damarian Walton, 13; Thalit Bayath, 9; Maxisi Poleo, 8; Ky Ky Suon, 6; Jai Jordan, 4; Jayson Alexander, 3; Ben Lane, 3: Lox Kulany, 2.
Data and names from the game scorebook.