FAIRBANKS-Here's a recap of the first day of the Joe T Classic at Lathrop High School
CRIMSON BEARS 38 LATHROP 29
The Juneau girls defeat Lathrop 38-29 in the opener of the tournament earlier today. Lathrop's Brooke Lizotte had a game high 16 points. Juneau's Kaitlin Fagerstrom led Juneau with 13 points in the win.
BEARS 68 RAMS 20
In the second game the Kodiak girls rolled over the Monroe rams in a 68-20 victory. Kodiak's Jerica Nelson had a game high 14 points. Hannah Wandersee added 12 points. Monroe's Sara Hajdukovich had 12 points for the Rams as well.
RAMS 47 BEARS 34
The first game with no gaudy numbers for the Rams but Monroe gets a low scoring win.
Kodiak did have a 9-5 lead on Monroe but the Rams close out the first quarter with a 10-0 run and led 15-9 at the end of the opening quarter.
The Rams were up 24-16 at the half thanks to a Scooter Bynum three at the buzzer to close out the first half. Bynum led all scorers with nine points at that point.. Austin Frick had eight for Kodiak. The Bears, with just eight players, were hanging in with ball movement and patience on the offensive end.
Monroe nursed a single digit advantage in the second half as the Bears battled back. The Bears were only down 25-31 by the end of the third as they made plays off of some uncharacteristic second half turnovers from Monroe. Alec Canete-Hall was the driving force for the Bears with 11 points.
It was still just a 36-28 game with 2:05 left in the contest but Monroe close out with a key 6-2 mini run to go up double digits and hold on for the victory. Tyler Wells hit 13 timely points holding off the Bears. Bynum had a game high 19 points for Monroe in the win.
It was first game all year the the Rams weren't blowing their opponent out by the end of the third. Coming into tonight the Rams were beating teams by at least 20 points.
"I have to a make sure they know they had a great game. You're not going to win by 30 every game," Rams head coach Frank Ostanik said after the game.
MALEMUTES 75 CRIMSON BEARS 62
The host team Lathrop Malemutes didn't want to have any dramatics against the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears. Juneau was coming off a thrilling 83-82 overtime victory over Lathrop rival West Valley last night.
Early on it looked as if Lathrop would cruise to a victory. The Malemutes started the game on a 10-0 run and led 24-13 by the end of the first. Cole Berner lit the flame with 11 of 16 points in the first half. He also had some nice assists and hustle plays to lead Lathrop.
Juneau made Lathrop sweat a bit with a monster second quarter outscoring Lathrop 20-11. Juneau chipped away and then had a quick 8-0 run to pull within 35-33. Bruce Jones hit a layup to tie the game at 35 all. Jones at nine points. But Berner got the bounce on a floater just before the first half ended and the Malemutes had a 37-35 leading going into the locker room.
Lathrop came out with intensity and flipped flopped quarters outscoring Juneau 26-10 and would not be threatened the rest of the way in their 75-62 win.
Lathrop's Tyreke Jennis had a game high 17 points and Terrel Ford added 14 points. Nathan Klein led Juneau with 13 points.