Falcons trio come up big, down Crimson Bears

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Brady Carandang's hot shooting helped the Thunder Mountain boys basketball team get past Juneau-Douglas on Friday night.

    A strong start boded well for the Thunder Mountain boys basketball team on Friday.

    The Falcons went up by double digits in the first quarter, going on to defeat Juneau-Douglas High School 65-44. Junior Meki Toutaiolepo scored a game-high 19 points, senior Bryson Echiverri scored 17 points and Brady Carandang had 15 points.

    Junior Cooper Kriegmont scored 12 points in the loss.

    "I was really pleased with the energy in the first half," TMHS coach John Blasco said. "We executed plays that got our guys good, open looks and caught them off on some rotations and knocked down shots. Any time you score 20 points in the first quarter, the energy is going to be good and positive."

    Carandang made three 3-pointers in the opening quarter that took the home crowd out of the game.

    "I love our home crowd and we didn't do our job to give them something to be excited for, especially early on," JDHS coach Robert Casperson said.

    Echiverri rested for a large part of the first half with several fouls but come through down the stretch. The senior scored or assisted on 13 straight points at the beginning of the fourth quarter that fueled a 13-4 run. JDHS trailed by just nine points prior to the offensive outburst.

    Coach Blasco said Thunder Mountain's 67-42 loss to Ketchikan last week refocused his group.

    "I think the players were a little disappointed with their performance and are now taking a different approach to each game," Blasco said.

    Casperson said the Crimson Bears' 3-12 record doesn’t tell the whole story of the season.

    "I don't feel like our record is indicative of our ability," Casperson said. "We've had some tough games, we've had some close games, we've had leads in a lot of games. We're just trying to figure out what it's going to take to get us over the top and change the direction in a game to where we can win it."

    Thunder Mountain can sweep the series Saturday at 7 p.m. at JDHS.

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