Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Unbeaten Pirates invade Carey’s gym Friday

Butte County boys pack a wallop

Carey’s Nate Adamson (left) finds shooting room over Valley senior Jesse Nelson during the 55-45 Viking home win Saturday in Hazelton. Courtesy photo by John Peck

     Carey High School basketball fans are in for a treat, and are hoping for an upset victory, when the reigning State 1A Division 1 champion Butte County Pirates come to the Carey gym on Friday, Jan. 10.

     Coach Steve Kent’s Pirates (7-0) are carrying a 31-game unbeaten streak into a conference game at Challis tonight, Wednesday. They will come to Carey Friday and provide another challenge for coach Dick Simpson’s Panthers (3-4), who lost by 20 at Arco Dec. 17.

     The Pirates were 25-1 last year and earned Arco’s first boys’ basketball tournament title in 30 years. They lost only to Salmon by two points. Last Saturday, Butte County (61.0 ppg) opened its 2014 slate with a 52-37 home win over Salmon.

     Carey will tune up for its home test by kicking off its Northside Conference 1A Division 2 league slate Thursday night at Richfield (3-5). The Tigers dropped 54-43 and 45-33 home games to Dietrich and Shoshone before the holiday.

     The Panthers opened their New Year schedule with a 55-45 loss to Valley’s Vikings (5-2) at Hazelton last Saturday. Valley shot well from the field (52%) to make up for their 36% free throw shooting. Carey’s 37% shooting was below normal from the field, and the Panthers committed more turnovers than their average.

     Top scorer Nate Adamson (16.7 ppg) had 18 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals.

     Others were Joe Parke (9 points, 8 boards), Matt Whitworth (7 points, 8 rebounds), Luis Garcia (6 points, 3 assists, 2 steals), Collin Whitby (4 points) and Chris Peck (1 point, 3 assists).

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