Kent Larson takes a hookshot against Kake on Monday morning as part of the C Bracket in this year’s Gold Medal basketball tournament. Larson finished the game with 13 points in the Klukwan win. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

Kent Larson takes a hookshot against Kake on Monday morning as part of the C Bracket in this year’s Gold Medal basketball tournament. Larson finished the game with 13 points in the Klukwan win. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

Klukwan defeats Kake in Monday C Bracket game

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Kake and Klukwan took to the court on Monday for the second game of the day’s Gold Medal Basketball Tournament action.

In the C Bracket game held at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé, Klukwan kept a healthy lead over Kake for much of the game, managing to maintain at least a 10-point lead throughout for a 87-64 finish.

Coach Brian Friske said the team’s success was largely due to stamina and the condition each player came into the tournament with, mentally and physically speaking.

“I think our guys have pretty fresh legs and a lot of us came into the tournament in good shape, so the key is to nail the run,” Friske said. “A lot of teams can run the first quarter but after that first quarter they get pretty tired, but we have strong legs throughout four quarters.”

Andrew Friske led Klukwan with 21 points and Daniel Stickler had 17. Lead scorers for Kake were Kevin Aceveda with 15 points and Joshua Jackson with 14.

Next up, Klukwan will play the winner of Hoonah and Filcom on Thursday at 6 p.m. and Kake will play against Angoon at 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

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

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