JDHS surmounts Mt. Edgcumbe

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team hung onto an eight-point lead Friday at Mt. Edgecumbe High School, coming away with its 14th win of the season.

Six-foot-seven junior forward Bryce Swofford exploited his team’s size advantage to put up 22 points in the game and lead the Crimson Bears to a 61-53 win on the road.

“It was great to see Swofford involved in the game like he was,” JDHS head coach Robert Casperson said. “We played solid. Mt. Edgecumbe is scrappy, and they never let us get much above 10 points.”

Swofford led all scorers while JDHS senior guards Kaleb Tompkins and Guy Bean added 16 and 14, respectively.

Mt. Edgecumbe (6-10) was led in defeat by Bobby Pate with 18 points, Paul Bisff with 17 and John Honsler with seven.

The Crimson Bears played a consistent game offensively, scoring 14 in the first quarter, 16 in each the second and third periods, and 15 points in the fourth. Mt. Edgecumbe was able to outscore the Crimson Bears in the first and final periods of play, but were outscored by seven in the second quarter and nine in the third.