Friday, February 27, 2009

Mushers stay alive 36-32, end Cutthroat season

Second night of Northside boys’ meet

Carey senior Jared Cenarrusa stops and pops during the “Senior Night” home boys’ basketball game against the Richfield Tigers Feb. 18 in Carey. Photo by David N. Seelig

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.

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