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For the week of December 11 - 17, 2002


Cutthroats conquer MVCA 67-55

Court openers for boys

The Community School Cutthroats were in a conquering mood last Tuesday when Magic Valley Christian Academy came to Sun Valley for the season-opening boys’ basketball games in the Fish Tank.

Sparked by 19 points by John Hayes and 17 points by Jim Fairchild, the Cutthroats trailed only once and fought hard for a 67-55 non-conference win. Fairchild added 9 boards as coach Mike Wade’s Cutthroats out-rebounded MVCA 37-33.

It was a solid team effort for The Community School (1-2, 0-0 league).

Hayes (3 steals, 4 assists) had 7 points in the first and 7 points in the third as the ‘Throats extended their 35-23 half-time lead. Hayes poured in three of his team’s five 3-pointers.

In his first Sun Valley game, Dylan McIlhenny chipped in with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists. Another all-around player was captain Ethan Weston (5 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 assists).

Josh Sonneland added 6 points and 6 rebounds, while Bret Watson had 6 boards. Luc McCann contributed 5 points including a 3-pointer. Cody Griffith (13 points) led MVCA.

Wednesday, McCann (15 points, 7 rebounds) was on fire from the outside with three 3-pointers, but the Cutthroats (29% field goal shooting) couldn’t hit timely shots and fell 50-45 at Hansen. Turnovers (28) didn’t help in the team’s first road game.

Hayes (6 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assists) tallied 9 of his game-high 18 points in the third period as the Cutthroats erased a three-point halftime lead and went ahead 35-33. But the host Huskies won it at the free throw line, hitting 9-of-13 in the fourth.

"It was a fun game, back and forth and very tight," said coach Wade.

Before fouling out, Fairchild (4 points) led the way with 11 of the 40 Cutthroat rebounds. McIlhenny added 4 points, 11 boards and 3 assists. Sonneland and Weston each scored a bucket, and Watson had 4 assists. Ryan Verway (13 points) topped Hansen’s scorers.

Monday night the Cutthroats continued their solid play by nearly pulling off a win in a tough place to win—Oakley’s gym. But the Hornets (2-1) held off the ‘Throats 64-62.

Hayes tallied 19 points, Fairchild 17 and McIlhenny 15. Drew Detwiler contributed with 4 points and Sonneland added 3. Ammon McBride’s 19 points including three 3-pointers led Oakley.

The Cutthroats played Murtaugh Tuesday and host Shoshone Friday.


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