It was a nice, easy Monday afternoon for The Community School boys' basketball team—sort of the calm before Tuesday's arrival of the storm called the Sho-Ban Chiefs.
Coach Mike Wade's Cutthroats (48% shooting from the field) put all eight players in the scoring column and took care of the Twin Falls Christian Academy Warriors (2-3) by a score of 69-29 Monday at The Fish Tank in Sun Valley.
Wade said, "Everybody got involved in scoring, finding the open man and playing tough defense, both full and half court. It was a good outing."
Leading scorer Christian Cairncross (13.2 ppg) scored 22 points including four 3-pointers and added 3 rebounds, 8 steals and 4 assists. Mac Whittington (12.8 ppg) added a season-high 18 points with 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 assists, 2 blocks.
The Cutthroats had 25 rebounds, a season-high 23 steals and a very high 24 assists.
The very young Twin Falls squad (four upperclassmen, eight sophomores and freshmen) ended up with 36 turnovers and had a real hard time with the Cutthroat press.
With the 40-point win the Cutthroats (3-2, 50.0 ppg) nearly equaled their victory total of last winters' 4-14 season when they started out 1-8. They committed only 16 turnovers.
Spencer Harris (10.6 ppg) had a great all-around game with 8 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals and 8 assists.
Max Harris chipped in 7 points and 5 rebounds, Ian Ingram two 3-pointers, Lucas Vorsteveld 4 points and 4 boards, Eddy Albarran 2 points, 4 steals and 4 assists, Casper Brun 2 points, 2 steals and 3 assists.
Warrior junior Caleb Bolyard led the visitors with 12 points and 8 boards. Sophomore Tommy Broadfield had 8 points and 6 rebounds.
The Cutthroats braced themselves for Sho-Ban's run-and-gun style Tuesday. The Chiefs (20-5 last winter) beat Horseshoe Bend and Genesee during last March's State 1A tournament and lost to Cascade 68-52 in the third-place game.
Friday, the Cutthroats got off to a slow start—trailing 23-11 at halftime—and dropped their first Northside Conference game of the season 40-32 at Shoshone (2-2, 1-0).
Wade said, "Although we had an overall height advantage, we collected no rebounds in the first half. The Indians came to rebound and we did not. They dominated us and we got no second shots. We played much better in the second half and out-rebounded them but still couldn't get shots to fall."
Whittington (11 points, 5 boards, 2 blocks), Spencer Harris (8 points, 3 steals) and Max Harris (8 points, 3 boards, 2 steals) led the 'Throats.
Wade's squad visits Carey Friday, Dec. 15 to end its pre-holiday slate.