Friday, February 4, 2005

Tiger?s treys tank Carey

Carey's Cody Baird lines up a fall away jumper against Richfield's Colbin Naylor. Baird scored 11 points in a 69-54 loss to the Tigers Tuesday.

Hockey great Brett Hull, tongue firmly in cheek, offered this witty ditty on Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago, "There is no I in team, but there is no team without I."

The same could be said of Richfield's Victor Vasquez.

The senior guard has led the Tigers to a 16-2 overall record and a flawless 10-0 mark in Northside Conference league play. Richfield is currently ranked second in the poll of 1A Division 2 teams.

Playing at Carey Tuesday, Vasquez pumped in 35 points, including eight three-pointers in a 69-54 Richfield victory.

"He's a pretty good ball player," Carey coach Dick Simpson said with a laugh. "He's played four years of varsity ball. Everyone needs a clutch player and he's theirs."

Vasquez shot 57 percent from the floor, 16 percent better than his team, which compiled a 41 percent average.

"A lot of times he made those shots with someone in his face," Simpson said.

Despite trailing 41-20 at halftime, Carey had a chance to cut Richfield's lead to four points in the fourth quarter, but missed three free throws. They were the only misses in the frame, as the Panthers went 9-12 from the charity stripe in the fourth and 12-for-20 overall. Cody Baird sunk six charities in the final frame.

The Tigers pushed their advantage to 14, and the Panthers whittled the lead to eight, but Vasquez connected on consecutive treys to lead Richfield to a 15-point win.

"Like I told the boys, when you did yourself a hole that big, sometimes it's hard to climb out," Simpson summed up.

Panther Tyler Cook scored a team-high 12 points off of four treys. Cody Baird added 11 points, Tadd Green 9, Alan Peck 9, Devin Simpson 6, Brad Hunt 4, James Carlson 3. Green grabbed 12 of Carey's 25 rebounds.

Carey (12-7, 8-3 league) rounds out the regular season with a game at Shoshone tonight, Feb. 4.

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