Boys Classic Day 1: East 70, Juneau 34

By Van Williams
Classic Media Director

The East T-birds unleashed relentless pressure and lights-out 3-point shooting on their way to a 70-34 victory over Juneau-Douglas on Day 1 of the Alaska Airlines Classic at West High.

East’s hallmark defense put Juneau ballhandlers in a mixer from the jump, causing havoc and creating turnovers to set up a transition game that looked like a layup line.

With the win, the T-birds (9-0) extended their 34-game, three-year winning streak and advanced to Friday’s Classic semifinals against West.

East’s Kyler Johnson pumped in 16 of his game-high 21 points in the first quarter alone, all of them coming on layups as he wore out the right-side of the lane. All but one came directly off a turnover.

The T-birds dialed it up from long-range and drained six 3-pointers in the second quarter, including three in a row in about 45 seconds; first a NBA-range bomb by Daion Doughty followed by back-to-back 3s by Damarion Delaney.

East’s Daion Doughty and Duece Zimmerman helped East extend its winning streak to 34 games. Photo by Grenel Sumabat

Delaney, the team’s leading scorer at 15 points a game, did not score in the first quarter and barely played in the fourth quarter but still managed to net 16 points.

Johnson went 9-for-12 from the field as East shot 55 percent from the floor, including 9-of-23 from 3-point land. Delaney was 6-of-9, including 4-of-6 from deep.

Juneau (3-5) got nine points from Porter Nelson and eight from Sean Oliver. Oliver scored the game’s first five points and later added a nice layup where he switched shooting hands in the air.

Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears 9 7 7 11 – 34
East Anchorage Thunderbirds 22 27 12 9 – 70

Juneau – Nelson 9, Carney 1, Carrillo 6, Harris 6, Bohulano 0, Oliver 8, Sleppy 0, Dybdahl 2, Aline 0, Hargrave 2.
East – Delaney 16, Doughty 15, Zimmerman 4, Carpio 5, Johnson 21, Cooper 0, Rushmeyer 2, Henry 2, Reed 2, Sabally 1, Thurjath 2.

East’s Damarion Delaney brings the ball up the court against Juneau’s Porter Nelson. Photo by Grenel Sumabat

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