In the rubber game of a closely played season series, the Camas County Mushers drilled three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to outlast The Community School Cutthroats 36-32 Wednesday in Carey. There were five ties and nine lead changes in the tight game.
Action took place on the second night and in the loser bracket of the seven-team Northside Conference 1A Division 2 boys' basketball tournament on the Panther hardwoods. Seventh-seeded Camas (4-17) stayed alive for another day and the #6-seeded Cutthroats (4-17) headed home.
Fairfield freshman guard Cody Stroder hammered home two 3-pointers helping break open a 25-25 nailbiter and put the Mushers ahead for good. Junior Derek Walker (14 points, 12 rebounds) added a big putback as Camas owned the boards 29-16 after the first quarter, and 34-25 for the game.
Senior Lucas Vorsteveld (7.8 ppg season, 14.0 ppg tournament) was a Cutthroat stalwart. Vorsteveld (14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 assists) led coach Ed Flory's Sun Valley boys, who started fast with a 10-0 lead in Wednesday's contest.
But turnovers (19) and free throw shooting (4-for-17 for the game, 36% for the season) continued to plague the Cutthroats, who dropped their final eight games of the season.
Other Cutthroat contributors were Paul Davis (9 points, 3 boards, 3 steals, 2 assists), Eddy Albarran (5 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists), Alex Conn (2 points, 6 boards) and Will Weston (2 points, 3 rebounds). Blocking shots were Davis, Weston and Chet Stephens, while Davis and Albarran hit 3-pointers for the Cutthroats.
Doing great board work for coach Ben Stroud's Mushers was sophomore Carlos Robles (7 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals). Others were Stroder (9 points), Andrew Simon (2 points, 2 steals, 2 assists), Cory Brand (2 points, 4 boards), Mickenzie Boggs (3 rebounds, 3 steals) and Jake Wise (2 points, 3 steals).
The double elimination varsity tournament continues today, Friday with a couple of loser-out games, Camas likely playing Murtaugh at 8 p.m. The third-place and championship games are Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Carey. The top three teams advance to the State 1A Division 2 meet March 5 at Caldwell High School.
Final Community School season statistics: Record 4-17 (2-8 home, 2-9 away, 4-10 league). Offense: 696 points (33.1). Defense: 989 (47.1).
Individual scoring: Lucas Vorsteveld 164 points (7.8 ppg); Casper Brun 158 (8.8); Paul Davis 112 (5.3); Chet Stephens 71 (3.4); Eddy Albarran 62 (3.0); Alex Conn 44; Tanner Flanigan 41; Will Weston 21; Peter Atkinson 12; Dane Inman 3; Henry Rickbeil 3. Free throws: 82-227, 36%, opposing teams 141-250, 56%. 3-pointers (56): Stephens 18, Davis 13, Vorsteveld 9, Brun 8, Albarran 6, Atkinson 2.
Carey advances in JV
Seeking its fifth Northside Conference title in six years, the #1-seeded Carey JV breezed to a 60-18 win over #4-seeded Murtaugh Wednesday on the Panther floor. Top Carey scorers were Blair Peck 13 points, Jack Cenarrusa 10, Brandon Dilworth 8 and Baley Barg 8.
In Wednesday's other semi-final game, #2-seeded Dietrich held off #3 Richfield 47-40 with 5-10 freshman Jakob Howard (13 points) leading the way. Sophomore Zac Turnage had 16 for Richfield. So, Dietrich played Carey for the JV championship Thursday night.