Thunder Mountain junior Josh McAndrews dribbles the ball down court while defended by West Valley’s Isaiah Winfrey at Friday night’s basketball game at Thunder Mountain. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Thunder Mountain junior Josh McAndrews dribbles the ball down court while defended by West Valley’s Isaiah Winfrey at Friday night’s basketball game at Thunder Mountain. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Weekend Preview: Falcons boys, girls host Colony; JDHS at Elks Showdown

In this weekend’s only local high school sports action, Thunder Mountain High School boys and girls basketball host Colony for two games each Friday and Saturday. The girls tip off at 5 p.m. with the boys game following at 7 on both nights.

The Falcons boys (4-5), come into this weekend’s games having gone 1-2 on the road last weekend. After losing to Palmer and Barrow, Thunder Mountain’s most recent win came last Saturday against North Pole (1-4), with senior Chase Saviers hitting five 3-pointers to seal the 52-41 win.

The Colony boys (2-3) just lost 63-69 to 3A team Grace Christian and currently sit second to last in the Northern Lights Conference.

TMHS and Colony haven’t played yet this season, but share two common opponents in Palmer and Lathrop. Thunder Mountain has logged close losses to both of those teams, falling to Lathrop 62-68 on Dec. 30 and Palmer 44-45 Jan. 12. Colony has beaten Palmer (48-44) and Lathrop (61-41).

On the girls’ side, Thunder Mountain (2-5) heads into this weekend having lost twice last weekend at Sitka High School (23-52 and 24-55). The Falcons girls should have their hands full with Colony (3-1), currently sitting at third place in the Northern Lights Conference and fifth in the Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches poll.

Both JDHS teams at Palmer Elks Showdown

JDHS boys and girls basketball head into a three-game tournament this weekend at Palmer High School.

The JDHS boys (7-1) just lost to undefeated Chugiak (4-0) 57-75 in an endowment game (which won’t count toward regular season records) on Wednesday and faced off with Soldotna on Thursday after print deadline. You can find scores for that game at or on Twitter at @akempiresports.

Houston High School (3-2 in 3A) and Palmer (1-3) lie in wait for the Crimson Bears boys on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Look for coverage of those games in Sunday and Tuesday’s print editions and online.

The JDHS girls head into the Elks Showdown having not logged a loss yet to Alaska competition, dropping their only game to Oregon’s Marysville High School at the Capital City Classic. The girls faced Palmer on Thursday, and look forward to a Friday-afternoon matchup with Grace Christian (4-2) and a Saturday matchup with Bartlett (10-13).

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