Friday, December 2, 2005

Carey boys get off to fast start

Carey 87, Oakley 49

Express Staff Writer

The Carey Panthers boys' basketball team got off to a fast start in their season opener Wednesday night, toppling Oakley 87-49 on the road.

Senior guard Tyler Cooke led the way with 29 points and nine rebounds. Tad Green followed with 25 points and six rebounds, while Allen Peck recorded 12 points.

The Panthers took a commanding 46-13 halftime fueled by six three-pointers.

"We came out really hard in the first half and we cooled off a little in the second half," said Carey Head Coach Dick Simpson. "Everyone played in the second half."

Carey players were six of 13 from the three-point line in the first half and out-rebounded Oakley 37-25 in the game.

Simpson was pleased with his team's ball control and rebounding.

"We only had seven turnovers the whole game," Simpson said. "They took good care of the ball last night."

Carey hosts Challis, Mackay, and Hansen in their holiday tournament this weekend. The Panthers open with Challis tonight.

"It's always a fun tournament with good competition," Simpson said.

In the Carey boys' junior varsity game against Oakley, D.J. Simpson, son of Dick Simpson, sunk a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Panthers a 47-46 win.

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