Friday, January 12, 2007

Cutthroat boys pull away from Shoshone 65-49

Fifth season win, second league victory

Express Staff Writer

Talk about timing.

On Tuesday night at The Fish Tank, The Community School boys' varsity basketball team picked a great time to record its highest-scoring quarter of the 2006-07 season.

And the nice thing for Cutthroat coach Mike Wade, it was the decisive fourth period.

The hard-charging Shoshone Indians had wiped out 10-point and eight-point deficits and had closed the gap to 41-40 entering the fourth quarter of the Northside Conference contest.

But the Cutthroats, led by Mac Whittington, Max Harris, Spencer Harris and Christian Cairncross, held together and put 24 points on the scoreboard in the final eight minutes to beat Shoshone 65-49. The outcome squared the season series between the schools at 1-1.

It was the fourth home victory and fifth triumph of the season for the Cutthroats (5-6, 2-4 league), and those totals surpassed last winter's 4-14 final mark and 1-7 home record.

Four Cutthroats scored in double figures led by junior Spencer Harris (21 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists). Harris (12.6 ppg) has averaged 19.3 ppg in the last four Sun Valley games. His clutch 3-pointer with six minutes left restored a 47-40 lead.

Max Harris (10 points, 6 rebounds, 6 steals, 2 assists), also a Sun Valley junior, had one of his best and most aggressive games on the hardwoods. His driving basket kept the Cutthroats in the comfort zone with a 49-42 fourth-period lead.

Seasons' leading scorer Mac Whittington (14.0 ppg), wrestling with Shoshone's collapsing defense and fronting zone geared to take him out of the game, had a relatively quiet night until the fourth period when he erupted for 8 of his 16 points to go with 6 rebounds.

Senior captain Christian Cairncross (11 points, 5 rebounds) drilled three 3-pointers to keep Shoshone honest. Point guard Ian Ingram added 3 points, 3 steals and 3 assists. Eddy Albarran and Lucas Vorsteveld added 2 points each.

For the most part the Cutthroats (19 turnovers) kept their mistakes to a minimum and did well at the charity stripe (11-for-17, 8-for-11 fourth).

Topping eight point-getters for Shoshone (4-7, 2-3) were Zach Shull (13 points, 6 boards). Jared Fitzgerald (10 points, 7 rebounds) and Pat Ross (9 points, 8 boards).

Wade's improving squad went to Northside Conference-leading Richfield (8-2, 5-0) for a key game Thursday. The Cutthroats then host Camas County (2-6, 1-4) Tuesday, Jan. 16, trying to avenge their 12-point loss at Fairfield Jan. 6.

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