Damen Bell-Holter won Alaska bragging rights and the game.
The 6-foot-9 rookie forward from Hydaburg fueled a third-quarter rally and then made the go-ahead basket in the fourth to help Maine beat Fort Wayne and Ramon Harris of Anchorage 115-104 in NBA D-League action tonight.
Bell-Holter finished with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting. He came off the bench to play 27 minutes and grab eight rebounds.
Harris, a 6-foot-7 second-year forward, finished with 10 points. He came off the bench to play 21 minutes.
Both Alaskans entered the game averaging 7.8 points this season.
Late in the second quarter, Harris drained back-to-back 3s to give Fort Wayne a 60-45 lead. But it didn’t last.
Bell-Holter led the comeback charge, scoring seven straight points for his team during one stretch to eventually cut the deficit to 68-63.
His 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter provided Maine with its first lead, 91-88.
On the game’s final play, Harris missed a jumper and Bell-Holter grabbed the rebound.
Van Williams, a 20-year local sports writer and the former sports editor of the Anchorage Daily News, writes about the athletic exploits of Alaskans for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.