Mackay nips Carey 49-47
in holiday finale
Panthers start 2-1
Carey School boys’
varsity basketball coach Dick Simpson wasn’t complaining too much about the
results of the first week of Carey’s 2002-03 season on the hardwoods.
Two victories and
one narrow loss got Carey’s feet wet—and the Panthers very nearly bumped off
Mackay Saturday night in the championship game of the Carey Holiday Tourney.
we had them," said Simpson after Carey’s 49-47 loss to Mackay. On Friday
night, Carey beat Challis by a bucket, 59-57. "Hey, Challis is a good team
and Mackay is a good team. We were right there."
speed and hot shooting sparked the Panthers to a 16-4 first-quarter lead over
Mackay. But the Miners stuck to their patient offense, worked it inside and
ended up out-rebounding Carey 39-25.
The first Mackay
lead of the game came with a minute left in regulation when junior T.J. Park (12
points) sliced through the Carey defense and scored for a 48-46 Miner lead. Park
scored his team’s final 8 points, rallying Mackay from a 46-41 deficit.
scorer Shawn Hennefer (16 points, 3 assists) had a good look at a potential
game-winning shot from the top of the key at two seconds, but it bounced off the
With senior John
Saili still mending a knee injury, Carey senior Destry Simpson had to contribute
on the boards, and he did it well. Simpson tallied 10 of his 15 points in the
second half and pulled down 12 boards.
Ty Simmons added
two 3-pointers while K.C. Rivera had 2 points, 3 reboiunds, 5 steals and 4
assists. Blake Surerus had 3 points, 3 boards.
Gillish accounted for 18 points and 9 boards, Wrangler Williams 7 points and 7
rebounds, Chance Pehrson 13 rebounds, Ryan Donahue 7 points and 6 boards.
back-and-forth nailbiter against Challis, Surerus (11 points) secured the
go-ahead basket in the final minute for Carey. Hennefer finished with 20 points,
Simmons 12, Simpson 6, Stephen Jurgensmeier 4 and Robbie Ellsworth 4.
Carey opened its season with a 53-42 non-conference victory over Oakley.
Hennefer (16 points, two 3s) and Simmons (14 points) led the way as the Panthers
rallied from a 24-23 halftime deficit.
Carey ran the
court well and converted baskets from defensive pressure in a 30-point second
half effort. Simpson added 8 points, Surerus 4, Rivera 4 and Jurgensmeier 4.
Ammon McBride topped Oakley with 12.
travel to the Murtaugh tournament this weekend.