Juneau’s Chase Saviers extends for a scoop shot late in a Juneau win against Hydaburg. Saviers finished the Thursday night B Bracket game with 16 points. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Juneau’s Chase Saviers extends for a scoop shot late in a Juneau win against Hydaburg. Saviers finished the Thursday night B Bracket game with 16 points. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Juneau slips past Hydaburg in Gold Medal B Bracket

Juneau advances to Saturday championship, Hydaburg falls into Friday elimination game

  • By Klas Stolpe For the Juneau Empire
  • Friday, March 24, 2023 2:27am
  • SportsBasketball

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.

No undefeated teams were harmed in the writing of this story, but one will move on to Saturday’s B Bracket championship game at the Juneau Lions Club 74th Gold Medal Basketball Tournament in the Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé gymnasium, and the other heads toward an elimination game.

Juneau’s Kaleb Tompkins scored 20 points to lead the home-town team over Hydaburg 86-70 in an athletic and physical contest that saw Tompkins lose a tooth on defense.

“My first Gold Medal loss of a tooth,” Tompkins said. “But it feels good though…”

Juneau’s Kaleb Tompkins rises for an uncontested layup during a Thursday night Juneau B Bracket win over Hydaburg. Tompkins finished the night with 20 points, which paced his team. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Juneau’s Kaleb Tompkins rises for an uncontested layup during a Thursday night Juneau B Bracket win over Hydaburg. Tompkins finished the night with 20 points, which paced his team. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Juneau opened the game on a 11-3 run that featured Tompkins finding range inside and outside the arch and Stewart Conn and Chase Saviers driving to the key. Hydaburg’s Jaren Carle hit the lone bucket from distance.

Hydaburg would close the score to 11-9 as Darren Edenshaw hit back-to-back shots past the arch, but Juneau put a burst of shots in on a 10-0 run.

A couple shots by Hydaburg’s Vinnie Edenshaw were answered by another Juneau run and they finished the first quarter up 29-13.

“Just keeping up the intensity,” Tompkins said. “Not all the shots are going to fall so playing defense, you know, rebounding and all that stuff… they don’t give up, that’s part of Gold Medal. We have just got to bring it every game.”

Kaleb Tompkins throws a no-look pass in the second half of a Juneau-Hydaburg B Bracket game on the fifth day of the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Kaleb Tompkins throws a no-look pass in the second half of a Juneau-Hydaburg B Bracket game on the fifth day of the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Hydaburg outscored Juneau 15-14 in the second quarter to trail 43-28 as George Peratrovich and Darren Edenshaw connected from distance and their defense slowed Juneau’s break. Juneau’s Riley Olsen, Terrence Wheat and Mahina Toutaiolepo all notched two baskets in the stanza.

“They are tough,” Juneau’s Saviers said. “They missed some shots and then they hit some really tough ones. It was just a good game all the way around, we just happened to hit a couple more and come out with the win. We just have to play with pace and clean up our turnovers.”

Hydaburg would work the score to within 10 points, 56-46, with under a minute to go in the third quarter on a Carle shot past the arch.

Juneau’s Olsen hit a shot from distance for a 59-46 lead and Hydaburg’s V. Edenshaw answered with another long bomb and teammate D. Edenshaw scored to cut the deficit to 59-51.

Hydaburg’s Vinnie Edenshaw dislodges the ball from the grasp of Juneau’s Riley Olsen late in a Juneau B Bracket win. The Thursday night victory secured a spot for Juneau in the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament’s championship game. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Hydaburg’s Vinnie Edenshaw dislodges the ball from the grasp of Juneau’s Riley Olsen late in a Juneau B Bracket win. The Thursday night victory secured a spot for Juneau in the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament’s championship game. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Juneau’s Saviers set up in the corner for a long shot that pushed the lead to 11, 62-51, as the quarter ended.

The team’s exchanged baskets until Klukwan earned another nine point deficit, 67-58, on a deep shot by TJ Young but Juneau answered with an 8-3 run by Seymour, Olsen and Wheat for a 75-61 lead with four minutes left to play.

Juneau’s Tompkins and Saviers went on a nine point binge to counter three charity stripe shots by Hydaburg’s Vinnie Edenshaw and Darren Edenshaw.

Juneau controlled the ball down the stretch despite Hydaburg’s full court pressure to close out the win.

Tompkins led Juneau with 20 points, Saviers added 16, Olsen 15, Seymour 12, Conn nine, Toutailepo eight and Wheat six.

Juneau hit 7-8 from the free throw line, Hydaburg 10-13.

Hydaburg’s Darren Edenshaw shoots from deep while Juneau’s Kaleb Tompkins attempts to disrupt the shot. Edenshaw finished with a game-high 24 points, but Juneau left with an 86-70 victory and a B Bracket championship game berth. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Hydaburg’s Darren Edenshaw shoots from deep while Juneau’s Kaleb Tompkins attempts to disrupt the shot. Edenshaw finished with a game-high 24 points, but Juneau left with an 86-70 victory and a B Bracket championship game berth. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Darren Edenshaw led Hydaburg with 24 points, Vinnie Edenshaw added 22, Carle 14, and Peratrovich and Young five apiece.

“I think coming out of our last game we had, the second quarter of the Haines game, we had our best basketball that we play,” Hydaburg’s Claude Young said. “Tonight we never really got there. We never really got to that level where we finished our last game. It could be from two days off, it could be from just needing to relax more coming out, but definitely not Hydaburg basketball. That was our worst game of the tournament. We deserve to lose it when we play like that. Now we got an extra game, we got past Angoon once and that game was our worst game up until tonight so we can’t really get any worse than where we were tonight… I think our boys will respond in the right way like we always do and we’ll come back… it should be a good one tomorrow with Angoon and then maybe get another crack at these guys Saturday night.”

Juneau’s Kaleb Tompkins shoots against Hydaburg Thursday night during a Gold Medal B Bracket contest that secure Juneau a spot in the championship game. (Klas Stolpe / For the Juneau Empire)

Juneau’s Kaleb Tompkins shoots against Hydaburg Thursday night during a Gold Medal B Bracket contest that secure Juneau a spot in the championship game. (Klas Stolpe / For the Juneau Empire)

Juneau will play in the 8 p.m. championship game on Saturday against the winner of Friday’s 8 p.m. elimination game between Hydaburg and Angoon.

Juneau (33 titles) last won the top-tier championship in 2005 when it was the A Bracket. The town’s last title was the Masters bracket in 2009.

Hydaburg (11 titles) is seeking its eighth B Bracket championship, the last was in 2015. The town’s last Gold Medal championship was the 2019 C Bracket win over Klukwan 93-81.

Hydaburg’s Darren Edenshaw shoots while sandwiched by Juneau’s Stewart Conn (9) and Matt Seymour (10). He led his team with 24 points. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Hydaburg’s Darren Edenshaw shoots while sandwiched by Juneau’s Stewart Conn (9) and Matt Seymour (10). He led his team with 24 points. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Juneau’s Terrence Wheat drives to the hoop late in a Juneau B Bracket win against Hydaburg. The Thursday night win punched Juneau’s ticket to the B Bracket championship game on Saturday. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Juneau’s Terrence Wheat drives to the hoop late in a Juneau B Bracket win against Hydaburg. The Thursday night win punched Juneau’s ticket to the B Bracket championship game on Saturday. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Juneau’s Matt Seymour shoots over Hydaburg’s Claude Young (7) and Vinnie Edenshaw (8) during Thursday’s B Bracket semifinal in the Juneau Lions Club 74th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé. (Klas Stolpe/For the Juneau Empire)

Juneau’s Matt Seymour shoots over Hydaburg’s Claude Young (7) and Vinnie Edenshaw (8) during Thursday’s B Bracket semifinal in the Juneau Lions Club 74th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé. (Klas Stolpe/For the Juneau Empire)

Juneau’s Stewart Conn scores past Hydaburg’s George Peratrovich during Thursday’s B Bracket semifinal in the Juneau Lions Club 74th Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé. (Klas Stolpe/For the Juneau Empire)

Juneau’s Stewart Conn scores past Hydaburg’s George Peratrovich during Thursday’s B Bracket semifinal in the Juneau Lions Club 74th Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé. (Klas Stolpe/For the Juneau Empire)

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