Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau-Douglas High School junior Brock McCormick scored 19 points to lead the Crimson Bears past Ketchikan on Friday night.
When his 20-foot game-winner bounced off the front rim in the final seconds of Friday’s game, Juneau-Douglas High School's Brock McCormick didn’t hang his head.
He went in for the rebound.
The junior guard snared a tipped ball beside Ketchikan’s tallest player, Josh Rhoads, falling hard to the ground after his arms tangled with Rhoads' arms. McCormick was fouled and his next two shots — free throws with three seconds remaining — slipped through the basket, sealing the Crimson Bears’ 55-54 home win.
"I should've hit a few more 3's I thought, maybe rebound a little bit harder but I got the last rebound so I was happy about that and it got me free throws in the end," McCormick said.
JDHS (7-16, 1-6 Southeast) lost back-to-back games to Ketchikan (12-8, 4-3 Southeast) at the beginning of the month, part of an eight-game losing streak that also included four losses to crosstown foe Thunder Mountain.
"They never quit," JDHS coach Robert Casperson said. "Some of the games earlier this season, we had five-, six-, seven-point leads, those went away, they turned into five-, six-, seven-point losses because the guys (were) just like, 'Oh, here it goes,' and they started making poor decisions."
"And so this time that's totally changed."
McCormick finished with 19 points and Cooper Kreigmont scored 12 points.
For Ketchikan, senior all-state guard Chris Lee scored 30 points. Lee became the all-time scoring leader in Ketchikan High School history last week with his 1,789th point. Lee's brother and former teammate Marcus were integral members of the Kings' 2019 state championship squad.
The Kings started the fourth quarter on a 9-0 spurt as Lee and freshman Joeben Lorenzo combined for three 3-pointers over two minutes, tying the game at 44-44.
JDHS led 53-51 with 1:03 remaining on two free throws by Malakai Nichols.
On the ensuing Ketchikan possession, Lee made a three-point play, swinging the lead in the Kings' favor, 54-53 with 20 seconds to go.
The Ketchikan loss means Thunder Mountain (16-6, 6-2 Southeast) will be the No. 1 seed at the Region V Tournament March 10-14 at JDHS. The No. 1 seed among the three Class 4A teams receives a first-round bye.
TMHS defeated Wasilla 37-36 in nonconference action earlier in the night.