JDHS junior Sean Oliver (11) holds a piece of the net after a win against Ketchikan High School, making the Crimson Bears this year’s 4A Region V Tournament champs. Oliver finished the game with 30 points, six 3-pointers and a fourth quarter slam dunk. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

JDHS junior Sean Oliver (11) holds a piece of the net after a win against Ketchikan High School, making the Crimson Bears this year’s 4A Region V Tournament champs. Oliver finished the game with 30 points, six 3-pointers and a fourth quarter slam dunk. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

Crimson Bears crowned Region V champs

State to be held March 22-25 in Anchorage.

The Juneau Empire’s expanded coverage of the Region V tournament is made possible by Sealaska Corp. Thanks to this sponsorship, this article —and all 2023 Region V coverage — is available online without a subscription to the Empire.

If you’re a Crimson Bear — or at least a fan — you’ve got some celebrating to do.

After a second night of playing against Ketchikan High School, Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé boys are now the official Region V 4A Tournament champs as they defeated the Kayhi Kings 70-53.

JDHS coach Robert Casperson said the team is excited for the opportunity to represent Juneau at state and he’s proud of the growth every member of the team has displayed throughout the season.

JDHS Joseph Aline (23) and Kayhi senior JJ Parker (12) battle for a board in the first half of the Region V 4A Championship game. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

JDHS Joseph Aline (23) and Kayhi senior JJ Parker (12) battle for a board in the first half of the Region V 4A Championship game. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

“We had three guys make the all-conference team, those three guys played huge for us today. Sean Oliver having so many points, OJ (Orion Dybdahl) had a real nice dunk in the first half, the guys were just dialed in,” Casperson said. “Joey Aline did a great job for us in his role and getting double figures, and Alwen (Carrillo) always is special and does a great job with distributing and scoring and taking care of the ball for us. I’m really happy for the guys, Ketchikan is obviously a really tough opponent and I feel like they came out and attacked us right away to have an early lead. It was a close game; they were doing really well and then our guys were just able to find another gear.”

JDHS junior Sean Oliver (11) defends against an inbounds pass. Oliver’s hot shooting was crucial for the Crimson Bears. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

JDHS junior Sean Oliver (11) defends against an inbounds pass. Oliver’s hot shooting was crucial for the Crimson Bears. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Oliver, a junior, had an especially impressive game with not only leading his team in scoring for a total of 30 points, but six of those were 3-point shots with a fourth-quarter dunk to top it off. Oliver said despite having a bloody finger from the dunk, he feels great about the win, the season and the prospect of going to state.

[See more photos from this game, and the rest of Saturday’s games here]

“That was definitely a long intermission, and I’m definitely tired but feeling great about that win for sure,” Oliver said. “I feel like this was definitely an improvement from last season, we came a long way and won a lot more games in general. We won the games that we needed and counted, just like today. I’m feeling confident going into state, too, we got practically one week left and we’re going to work our a—es off, that’s for sure.”

JDHS senior Orion Dybdahl begins ascending for a dunk with Kayhi’s Jared Rhoads (15) and Marcus Stockhausen (34) in pursuit.

JDHS senior Orion Dybdahl begins ascending for a dunk with Kayhi’s Jared Rhoads (15) and Marcus Stockhausen (34) in pursuit.

Dybdahl, a senior, was second in scoring with 12 points, Aline behind him with 11 and Carrillo with 10. For Ketchikan, JJ Parker led the way in scoring with 16 points, and classmate Joeben Lorenzo chipped in 14.

JDHS senior Orion Dybdahl finishes a dunk with authority as teammate Alwen Carrillo (3) and Kayhi’s Jared Rhoads (15), Marcus Stockhausen (34) and Andrew Kleinschmidt (13) look on. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

JDHS senior Orion Dybdahl finishes a dunk with authority as teammate Alwen Carrillo (3) and Kayhi’s Jared Rhoads (15), Marcus Stockhausen (34) and Andrew Kleinschmidt (13) look on. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Dybdahl said while he’s happy with the win and still enjoying the moment, he’s already looking forward to what comes next.

“Just looking forward to competing in state and maybe winning,” Dybdahl said. “Yesterday, was kind of a wake-up call, we were kind of riding on our high horse because we had beaten Ketchikan already and they burst our bubble, but we locked in and got the win.”

This year’s ASAA March Madness Alaska State competition for 3A/4A will be March 22-25 in Anchorage at the Alaska Airlines Center.

The JDHS Crimson Bears basketball team poses for a victory photo after the net cutting ceremony on Saturday. The Bears beat Ketchikan High School in a second tournament game, securing the team’s spot at state. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

The JDHS Crimson Bears basketball team poses for a victory photo after the net cutting ceremony on Saturday. The Bears beat Ketchikan High School in a second tournament game, securing the team’s spot at state. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

The Crimson Bears will be the tournament’s No. 8 seed and start with an 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 22, game against top-seeded West Valley High School.

• Contact reporter Jonson Kuhn at jonson.kuhn@juneauempire.com.

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