Carson High boys basketball
Parker Story dishes out one of his several assists in the opening half of Carson High boys basketball's first regular season game Saturday against Dayton.
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For the first time since February 14, 2019, Carson High basketball was able to host a sanctioned regular season contest.
Saturday afternoon’s matchup ended the same way the last time the Senators played on Tom Andreasen Court – with a win.
The 57-47 win Saturday came over Class 3A’s Dayton High.
“It’s been tough, but I mean I’ve been working – and other guys have been working – for this moment,” said Carson High senior Parsa Hadjighasemi. “I’m really glad we got to do this against Dayton and now we’re prepared for Manogue Tuesday night.”
Though both teams may have looked a little rusty earlier, Hadjighasemi didn’t need long to heat up finishing the night with 28 points while hitting 11-of-12 free throws.
Dayton scrapped with the Senators throughout the contest, trailing by five, 37-32, at the end of the third quarter.
Not long into the fourth quarter, DeCarlo Quintana snagged an offensive rebound and earned an and-one opportunity for his effort, putting Carson up eight.
The Dust Devils narrowed the gap to four after Isaiah Powell converted an and-one chance of his own and then sinking two free throws.
The 41-37 deficit was the closest Dayton could get in the fourth quarter.
Chris Camacho hit Tanner Jergensen for an interior basket to make it 43-37 before Hadjighasemi got out in transition and used a ball fake to get to the rack for a layup.
From there, Carson did its work at the free throw line hitting 12 of 15 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter.
“It’s encouraging, but we have a lot to put together,” said Dayton assistant coach Kevin Ply. “You could tell by watching the game, we had some guys over there who were a little concerned they were going to drop a game to a 3A school.”
Dayton was playing without a pair of starters and bench players battling injuries from the football season.
In the opening half, it was Dayton’s aggressiveness on the boards that allowed the Dust Devils to gather an early lead.
Jacob Moore, who ended the night with 18 points, hit a pair of triples in the opening minutes to put Dayton in front 10-4.
It was Powell’s 18 points that helped move the Dust Devils in the second half.
“He’s so dang athletic,” said Ply of Powell. “We were only going about seven deep today and our guys were really tired. We did some good work on the boards.”
The Senators did adjust after getting beat on the boards early.
Quintana, who finished with 14 points, used his frame to make his presence felt in the second half.
“I thought we did a good job of adjusting and being coachable,” said Carson High head coach Jordan Glover. “
UP NEXT: Carson (1-0) will kick off league play Tuesday when it hosts Bishop Manogue. Dayton (0-1) enters Class 3A league play as well Wednesday with a matchup against North Valleys.
“I got a really good group of guys who are ready and hungry for the year,” said Glover.
Carson – Parsa Hadjighasemi 28 points, DeCarlo Quintana 14 points, Brandon Graunke 8 points.
Dayton – Isaiah Powell (18 pts, 7 rebounds, 3 assists); Jacob Moore 18 points; Tony Soto (2 pts, 9 rebs, 3 assists).