Thursday, December 10, 2009

Cougar Basketball Game 4 vs Cherokee

Carver hosted the Cherokee Indians in basketball action yesterday. The B team had been working hard to prepare for Cherokee and it showed in the first quarter when the Cougars played tough and held the Indians to just five first quarter points. The second quarter found Cherokee starting to click and pull away from Carver for a 16-4 half-timelead. Josh Beach and Hussain Rao helped defend at the top of key while Nayeem Choudhury, Logan Werdeman and Sam Stuckey dealt with the inside game. Despite a very solid effort from Tory Hall, who pulled in a team high six defensive rebounds, and Naoh Nease along with Cole Oliver who combined for ten steals Carver could not keep pace with Cherokee and lost the game 31-14.
Noah Nease was the leading scorer with eleven points and Brant Jones had four assists.

The A team was excited to step on the floor in front of the biggest crowd of students to attend a basketball at Carver in years. Perhaps it was the excitement of the game that had the team unfocused and led to several turnovers early in the game. The tempo was very fast and the game was quite physical as Cherokee's big men played there way inside and were able to get several Cougars in foul trouble. Not able to generate much offense Carver found themselves down 30-7 at the half. Carver was determined to work their way back and actually outscored the Indians in the third quarter as Hunter Steinmetz hit a three and Jake Thompson added two more. Ben Sandy, Stephen Smith, and Isaiah Holyfield had their work cut out for them as Cherokee forced their way to the basket and once again the Indians began to pull away. Despite Hunter Steinmetz's turbo speed defense and hard work from both Jake Brown and Brant Jones the Cougars were unable to slow Cherokee down in the 49-22 loss. Jake Thompson led all scorers with nine points and Kendrick Price had seven. Ben Sandy and Kendrick Price both pulled in four defensive rebounds each.

Next up for the Cougars is an away game Monday against Reed Middle School- hope to see you there!

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