Filcom’s Alex Heumann (24) puts up a jump shot against Klukwan on Thursday for the second C bracket game of the day in this year’s Gold Medal basketball tournament. Heumann finished the game with 27 points. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

Filcom’s Alex Heumann (24) puts up a jump shot against Klukwan on Thursday for the second C bracket game of the day in this year’s Gold Medal basketball tournament. Heumann finished the game with 27 points. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

Filcom advances to Saturday’s championship game

Klukwan plays again Friday at 6 p.m.

The Juneau Empire’s expanded coverage of the Juneau Lions Club 74th Gold Medal Basketball Tournament is made possible by Sealaska Corp. Thanks to this sponsorship, this article —and all of this year’s Gold Medal coverage — is available online without a subscription to the Empire.

Klukwan and Filcom played a competitive C Bracket game Thursday as part of this year’s Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at ​​Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé.

Klukwan battled every step of the way, but Filcom got out in front early on and stayed there, maintaining a 15- to 20-point lead through most of the game, ending with a final score of 78-63.

Alex Heumann of Filcom said he’s grateful for the win but overall the team needs to play better in terms of creating good offense for one another and making the most out of each possession.

“I’m thankful for the win,” Heumann said. “I love playing against Stuart and Jesse and those guys, they’ve been competing with us for 15 years now and I relish the opportunity to square off with number 40 everytime. As always, we’ll take the win, much love to Klukwan, and we’ll keep rolling.”

Heumann led in scoring for a total of 27 points and for Klukwan, Jesse McGraw led with 21 points.

Filcom now advances to Saturday’s championship game at 6 p.m. and Klukwan will play against Hoonah at 6 p.m. on Friday to see who advances to Saturday’s tilt against Filcom.

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

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