TMHS hoopsters sweep crosstown rivals JDHS

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Bryson Echiverri and Brady Carandang led Thunder Mountain to a second-straight win over rival Juneau-Douglas on Saturday night.

    The Thunder Mountain boys basketball established itself as the top local boys' basketball team.

    The Falcons defeated Juneau-Douglas High School 62-50 on Saturday at JDHS. Thunder Mountain also won Friday against the Crimson Bears.

    Bryson Echiverri and Brady Carandang were high scorers for the victors. The sharpshooting duo each recorded 17 points in Saturday's win.

    Despite the recent success, Echiverri said the team should continue improving for the Region V Tournament. The March tournament winner heads to the state tournament.

    "We're kind of in a comfortable position just because we're winning," Echiverri said. "But that's how it was in the beginning of the season, we were kind of plateauing, and then we lost, and then we went back up."

    JDHS coach Robert Casperson decided to change strategies at halftime. His players applied full-court defensive pressure, limiting the Falcons to six points in the third quarter. The Falcons weathered the storm though and lived at the free-throw line in the fourth.

    "We were just trying to do something that would get us going, get us moving," Casperson said. "We didn't feel like we could continue to do it the same way and we hadn't tried that yet ... That was something they latched onto. Our guys put a lot of effort into that."

    TMHS made 12 of 18 free throws in the fourth.

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