Courtesy Daily Sitka Sentinel
The Mt. Edgecumbe Braves improved to 6-4 overall and 2-0 in the Southeast Conference with wins over Petersburg Jan. 23-24 at B.J. McGillis Gymnasium.
The Braves beat the Vikings by 20 points in the first game on Japonski Island then held on to win 47-46 the next night. The Braves fell behind early in the second game, took the lead with 3:19 to play in the third quarter on bucket by senior Cody Sherman (Nome) and won it on a free throw by Kacy Green with no time on the clock. The junior from Hooper Bay drove the lane with three seconds to go. His shot was off, but he was fouled and gave the Braves the victory from the free throw line.
“That was big for Kacy,” MEHS coach Archie Young said today. “You don’t get a lot of chances to win a game at the free throw line like that. It’s something he’ll remember for a lifetime.”
A night after the Braves beat Petersburg by 20, the Vikings came out with much more energy. Petersburg took a 9-7 lead in the first quarter and held the lead until Sherman scored the bucket that put Edgecumbe up 31-30 late in the third. Edgecumbe did not trail the rest of the way, but their were four ties in a game that was decided in the final 60 seconds.
Edgecumbe tried to pull away in the fourth and took their biggest lead of the night after buckets by Green and Dominique Hall gave the Braves a 43-36 advantage about halfway through the final frame. But Taylor Pullar, Petersburg’s leading scorer, brought the Vikings right back. He scored with 3:15 on the clock to make the score 43-40 and after Prince made one of two free throws after getting fouled on a put-back attempt in the lane, Pullar made an old-fashioned three-point play that left the score 44-43 with 48 seconds to go. It was a tough bucket by Pullar, who scored in traffic, ended up on the floor after taking contact, and rallied to make the free throw. On the other end, Green broke down the defense with a crossover dribble at the perimeter, got to the lane and dished to Sherman for a lay-up. Edgecumbe was back up 46-43, and again Pullar answered. After a Petersburg timeout, Pullar nailed a three-pointer from the corner that tied the game with about eight seconds left. The score was 46-46 and coach Young signalled a timeout with 3 seconds on the clock. Edgecumbe got the ball just over midcourt and Green took the inbounds.
Prince tried to set a back pick for Hall near the foul line, but Petersburg seemed to have the lob pass covered as Hall rolled to the basketball. Instead, Green threw the ball to Prince, who promptly bounced it back to Green.
Green saw daylight and drove for the basket and the got the call Edgecumbe needed. Green ended up with 9 points. Hall led the Braves with 15, Sherman scored 12 and Prince added 9. Pullar had a game-high 19 for Petersburg and Tristan Welton scored 11.
“I thought Petersburg did a nice job,” Young said. “I thought they played well. Anytime a team comes out and goes after you like that and you can respond and get the victory you’re pleased.”
The game Jan. 23 saw Edgecumbe take a 14-3 lead at the end of the first quarter that grew to 30-11 at the half. Petersburg got within 10 points on three different occasions in the second half, but the Braves finished the game on a 11-1 run to secure the 56-36 win. Edgecumbe got 14 points each from Dominique Hall, Jaylin Prince and Cody Sherman in the game. Green had 7 and Leo Ford added 5.