Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Cutthroats use height for two wins

SV boys (7-6) move over .500

Using its height advantage, playing strong defense and shooting better from the field, The Community School boys' varsity basketball team put two wins on the board last week.

Connor Wade (10.9 ppg) matched his season high with 19 points and A.J. Beesley (9.4 ppg) added 18 points Saturday in Sun Valley's 65-47 Northside Conference win at Dietrich.

Thursday night, the Cutthroat boys snapped a two-game losing skid with a 62-35 homecourt triumph over Twin Falls Christian Academy. Andrew Durtschi (12.1 ppg) had 17 points, Hunter Smith (11.2 ppg) added 13 and Beesley 12.

Cutthroat coach Mike Wade said, "We had a sizable height advantage over both TFCA and Dietrich. So we were able to get lots of shots in the lane for our big guys both off of post feeds and offensive rebounds.

"The other significant thing was our defense. Our full-court and half-court defensive pressure was solid. We held both teams below their per-game averages for points. And I'm encouraged that our field goal percentage, which has been erratic, has steadily improved."

Against Dietrich, Connor Wade had a great all-around game with 19 points, 7 boards, 6 assists and 3 blocks. Kevin Wade didn't score, but he played excellent defense on Dietrich's leading scorer and added 5 assists and 4 steals.

Coach Wade added, "A.J. Beesley has come on these last two games with his scoring, rebounding and being a defensive standout." Beesley had 9 rebounds against Dietrich.

In the Twin Falls Christian game, Connor Wade led the home team with 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Durtschi chipped in 8 boards and 4 steals plus 17 points, while the other Cutthroat post Hunter Smith had 13 points and 7 rebounds.

"Our posts both had excellent games scoring and rebounding against Twin Falls Christian," coach Wade said about Durtschi and Smith.

The Cutthroat varsity (7-6 overall, 5-4 league) hosted Carey Tuesday night and goes to Bliss Tuesday, Feb. 1.

Cutthroat JV adds wins

Coach Jim Carkonen's Cutthroat boys' junior varsity squad (10-5, 8-2 league) hammered out Northside Conference wins over Richfield, Camas County and Dietrich last week to virtually nail down a spot in the four-team post-season league tournament.

Despite having only six players, the Cutthroats moved to 8-2 in Northside action with a 45-37 win over Richfield, a 55-45 victory over Camas County and a 48-42 success over Dietrich Saturday, at Dietrich.

With Spencer Harris (7 rebounds) scoring 18 points, the Sun Valley JV also beat Twin Falls Christian 45-38 last Thursday night. Freshman Jeff Gaecke had 10 rebounds and Max Harris added 6 steals.

Gaecke (12 points) led the Cutthroats to the road victory over a tough Richfield squad. Red-hot outside shooter Quade Koffler (23 points including 5-for-6 from 3-point range) paced the Cutthroats over Camas, as J.P. McNeal added 15 points and Spencer Harris 12.

When Koffler went down with a sprained ankle in the second quarter at Dietrich, the remaining five Cutthroats stayed out of foul trouble and pulled out the six-point win. McNeal finished with 20 points and 12 boards and Gaecke added 12 rebounds to the cause.

Co-captain Alden Remington is another key player for Carkonen's Cutthroat machine.

Monday, Spencer Harris (22 points) led the way in Sun Valley's 54-49 win over the Wood River High School freshmen.

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