Thursday, February 20, 2014
Fouls, fouls, and more fouls.
That was the theme of Tuesday night’s boys basketball game between Carvers Bay and Hemingway.
The teams combined to shoot 92 free throws.
Although the Tigers are undoubtedly taller, on average, than the Bears, the two rivals were quite evenly matched.
Unfortunately, it was not a good match.
With so many fouls called, neither team was able to set much of a rhythm for themselves, and it showed.
The Bears ended the first quarter with a 16-14 lead, but that would not last long.
It’s not that either team was shooting wildly or too quickly; quite the opposite. They both played hard, and throughout the game no one gave up.
While neither team was able to find the basket efficiently at all, despite some impressive passing, hard rebounding, and the occasional three-pointer, they did manage to score eventually, and ended the first half at 35-31 in favor of the Tigers.
Carvers Bay has been a second-half team in the past, but that was not the case this time, and the third quarter proved to be more of the same for both the Bears and Tigers: fouls, multiple attempts at the same field goal, and more fouls.
The Tigers, though, were able to connect a bit better on field goals and free throws, and ended the third quarter with a 57-50 lead.
The fourth quarter saw Carvers Bay pull to within 60-64.
More free throws later, however, and the Tigers had crept to a 70-64 lead with 58.8 seconds left in the game. Even more fouls called later, and the game finished at 74-66.
“We were not the team that played C.E. Murray last week,” said Bears head coach Jeff Mezzatesta, “But I’m very proud of the guys, we made it to the playoffs, and we’re looking forward to doing very well there.”
Arkel Williams had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Carvers Bay.
Eaddy Moore had 14 points and four rebounds; Dary Goss had 10 points and six rebounds; Darius Williams had seven points, four rebounds and three steals; Marquiese Goss had seven points and five rebounds; and Chris Carter had five points, four rebounds and two assists.