Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Brokaw’s 39 points lead Cutthroats in Boise

School record in 70-50 victory

Community School 6-7 senior Henry Rickbeil had a monster game with 20 points and 15 rebounds in Friday’s 70-50 basketball win over Riverstone International in Boise. Photo by Willy Cook

Community School 6-3 senior Will Brokaw had an amazing basketball game Friday night during a 70-50 non-conference victory over Riverstone International in Boise.

Brokaw set new school scoring records of 39 points and 10 3-pointers. In the first half alone, Brokaw (22.8 ppg) tallied 24 points and was 6-for-8 from the 3-point arc. He just kept up his hot scoring after half.

"What a performance!" said Cutthroat assistant coach Willy Felton. And what a start!

The Cutthroats are 4-1 going into the holiday paced by Brokaw's scoring and the double-doubles of 6-7 senior Henry Rickbeil, who finished with 20 points including a 3-pointer and 15 rebounds Friday.

At Riverstone, the Cutthroats bolted to a 23-14 first-quarter lead and stretched it to 40-26 at half. The visitors led by as many as 25 in the second half. Chipping in were Colton Sholtis with 6 points and 5 rebounds, Reed Roudabush 2 points, Nick Krekow 2 points and Bobby Corker 1 point.

Unfortunately Roudabush, a sophomore, went down with a broken wrist in the third quarter and had to be taken by coach Felton to the hospital.

Cutthroat head coach Erik Olson said, "The victory was well earned as nine players provided quality minutes.

"It was great to see Will and Henry play so well and light it up, but also to have other guys provide key plays when we needed them.

"Missing two starters coming into the game we knew we would have to take care of the ball and defend and I think we did a pretty good job of both. We kept our turnovers under 15 for the game and didn't give up too many open shots and didn't give up many offensive rebounds to Riverstone."

Cutthroat basketball records date back to the program's founding as a junior varsity squad in 1983, but never before had a Sun Valley varsity player scored as many as Brokaw.

Keep in mind that Brokaw didn't play basketball last winter, and he scored only 126 points (6.3 ppg) with 12 3-pointers and a single-game high of 17 points as a sophomore for coach Ed Flory's 13-8 Cutthroat team of 2010.

But he has jumped out of the starting gate this season.

His 39 points broke the single-game varsity scoring record of 37 points set by Greg Koenig (along with 18 rebounds) in a 44-43 victory over ISDB in Gooding Jan. 7, 1988. And Graham Snyder had 35 points in a 63-52 Northside Conference tournament win over Carey on Feb. 17, 1998 at Shoshone.

Jeremy Karassik still holds the overall single-game scoring record of 46 achieved Dec. 12, 1995 when the Cutthroats were playing a junior varsity schedule. His 46 points including five 3-pointers represented 71% of his team's scoring in that 65-51 home win over Dietrich. Karassik also had a 41-point game that year en route to a 22.2 ppg average and 378 season points.

With his 10 3-pointers, Brokaw shattered the school record of seven 3s set by Christian Cairncross in a 54-53 home loss to Bliss on Jan. 31, 2006. And for all his talent, current Oregon State player Daniel Gomis only reached a high of 31 at home against Carey in 2010.

The Cutthroats have three games in three days when they resume playing after the Christmas holiday—Jan. 3 at home against Dietrich, Jan. 4 at home against 4A Wood River and Jan. 5 in Fairfield against the Camas County Mushers.

Playing Riverstone "was a good challenge for our team," said Olson, "but we know the tough part of our schedule is ahead."

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