Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Thunder Mountain boys basketball team defeated Juneau-Douglas High School 57-49 on Friday.
The Thunder Mountain boys basketball team defeated crosstown rival Juneau-Douglas Friday night for the third time of the season.
The Falcons relied on their experienced backcourt of Brady Carandang (25 points) and Bryson Echiverri (19 points) to close out the 57-49 win. The seniors scored 23 of the Falcons' 25 second-half points. Carandang finished with five 3-pointers and Echiverri had three 3-pointers.
"Yeah, that's my brother, that's my brother," Carandang said of Echiverri. "Me and him go way back. If I'm off, l give him the ball. If he's off, he'll give me the ball. We have good trust in each other."
TMHS improves to 13-5 on the season. JDHS falls to 3-16. TMHS previously topped JDHS on the road 65-44 and 62-50 on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, respectively.
The Falcons led by nine at halftime. Their lead was just six midway through the fourth quarter through. Falcons coach John Blasco said his team was running on fumes late. Blasco and JDHS coach Robert Casperson said the flu has sidelined players as of late.
"The flu just wiped out these guys collectively as a team," Blasco said. "You could tell how fatigued they were at the end there. It's going to take time to get their legs back."
JDHS jumped out to a 17-4 advantage in the first quarter. TMHS countered with a big run of its own and led 32-23 at halftime. JDHS coach Robert Casperson said the Crimson Bears need to execute for a full 32-minute game.
"They show signs of executing and doing the things we want to do and then we have lapses of execution. It's right there," Casperson said. "So (is it) trying? Absolutely. Losing your hair as a coach is an occupational hazard but I believe in them. They just got to pull together and believe in each other."
The squads rematch Saturday night at 8 o'clock. Listen live on KINY.