Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tourney time is here for boy cagers

Carey hosts Cutthroats tonight

Carey sophomore Matt Whitworth (right) finds tough going in the lane during Friday’s Northside Conference league game at Dietrich won by the Blue Devils 90-51. Courtesy photo by John Peck

Tournament time has arrived for Idaho high school boys’ basketball players with all three Blaine County teams in action this week trying to put together late-season runs.
Coach Dick Simpson’s No. 2-seeded Carey School Panthers start the quest for their 17th state tournament berth in the last 21 seasons with a first-round game today, Wednesday at 7 p.m. against the No. 7 Community School Cutthroats.
Other first-rounders today are No. 1 Dietrich (18-2) against No. 8 Bliss (5-11), No. 4 Richfield (7-9) against No. 5 Castleford (8-10) and No. 3 Lighthouse Christian (15-5) playing No. 6 Murtaugh. The tournament adjourns until Monday, Feb. 18 due to state girls’ basketball.
The Cutthroats coached by Mike Payne earned the No. 7 seed Friday with a come-from-behind 53-48 win over Camas County in Fairfield. It ended a five-game losing skid and avenged a two-point home loss to the Mushers on Jan. 11.
Behind 36-26 at halftime, the Cutthroats stormed back with a second-half rally to capture their second league win. Eight Cutthroats scored points led by Doug DuFur (13 points, 5 rebounds) and Reed Roudabush (12 points, 7 rebounds).
Other Cutthroat contributors were Taylor Adler (8 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals), Gunner Gibson (7 points), Nick Wright (6), Bobby Corker (3), Colton Sholtis (2) and Nick Krekow (2). The Cutthroats drained seven 3s with DuFur hitting three. Leading Camas (2-17) were Isaac Simon (16 points), Davey Knowlton (16) and Jordan Moore (10).
Also on Friday, the top-ranked Dietrich Blue Devils (18-2) raced past Carey by a 90-51 score in the final regular-season game matching two teams that brought unbeaten league records into the contest.
Carey (12-8) dropped its third game in the last four contests despite 15 points by Nate Adamson, 9 by Matt Whitworth and 8 from Joe Parke. The Panthers were outscored 23-7 at the free throw line and host Dietrich canned five 3-pointers.
Saturday, Gooding brought Dietrich down to earth by an 82-68 score in the season final. But it will be tough to deny Dietrich its first Northside tournament championship since 1992 when the title game is played next Wednesday at Gooding High School gym.
No. 1 Dietrich beat No. 4 Castleford and No. 2 Lighthouse downed No. 3 Carey in the junior varsity semi-finals Monday at ISDB in Gooding.

WRHS ready for home game
Coach Andy Miles’ No. 5-seeded Wood River Wolverines (6-13) played their first game in the six-team Great Basin Conference tournament Tuesday night at No. 4 Minico (8-12).
If the seeding held up, and No. 3 Jerome (12-8) downed No. 6 Canyon Ridge (0-20) Tuesday, Wood River will host Canyon Ridge in a loser-out game Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. at the high school gym in Hailey.
Last Friday the Wolverines finished their regular season with a 47-35 loss at Gooding (9-10). Kevin Hernandez scored 8 points, Connor Hayes 7, Jon Scott 6 and Eron Bates 6.

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