Ketchikan’s one-two backcourt punch of senior Marcus Lee and junior Chris Lee left fingerprints all over the Kings' 59-49 rout of the Service Cougars on Thursday.
Guard Marcus Lee anchored the offense, pitching in 19 points with a plethora of assists. Younger brother Chris Lee led the scoring charge with 23 points.
“I just want to get my teammates involved,” said Marcus, who is headed to Fairbanks next fall to play basketball for UAF. “I got a younger brother on my team who’s really good offensively, so as a point guard I really wanted to distribute the ball and get my teammates going."
This matchup kicked off South High’s annual O’Brady Invitational basketball tournament, which runs through Saturday.
Despite a stifling full-court defense and a strong start for the Cougars, they were hurt by foul trouble. Service lost one player to fouls and Ketchikan knocked down 16 of 21 free throws, with 12 of the makes coming from the Lee brothers.
“A lot of credit to Service and the energy they brought," Ketchikan coach Eric Stockhausen said. "I’m fortunate to have Chris and Marcus and I think once they settled in, we were OK.”
After trailing by 11 at the end of the third quarter, the Cougars stormed back to cut the Kings' lead to five with five minutes remaining in the game. Service held Ketchikan scoreless for the four opening minutes of the quarter.
However, turnovers, fouls and Chris Lee spoiled the comeback. Lee scored six points in the final minute, icing the game with a two-handed dunk.
Service’s scoring effort was led by its lone double digit scorer, freshman Zack Williamson with 15 points.
“Four straight turnovers (after) we cut (the Ketchikan lead) to five, we hurt ourselves at that point,” said Service coach Mike Wyne.
In Thursday’s other games, Bartlett trounced Juneau 54-38 and tournament host South beat Homer 68-53. East received a first-round bye and will play its first game in a Friday semifinal against Ketchikan. The South JV team will also join the tournament Friday and will meet Service in the consolation bracket.
Ketchikan 59, Service 49
Bartlett 54, Juneau 38
South 68, Homer 53
3 p.m. — Service vs. South JV
4:30 p.m. — Juneau vs. Homer
6 p.m. — East vs. Ketchikan
7:30 p .m. — Bartlett vs. South