Carson rolls to easy win in opener |

Carson rolls to easy win in opener

Darrell Moody
Cathleen Allison/Nevada Appeal

One thing about Carson High basketball coach Bruce Barnes is he doesn’tpull any punches.

“This was a game we were supposed to win,” Barnes said after the Senators’ 51-31 win over Fernley on Thursday night in the opening round of the 33rd annual Capital Classic. “We get to pick the team we’re going to play.

“Overall we played hard. The reason we won is that we played hard and we’re a little deeper than they are on the bench.”

The win moves the Senators into the semifinals against Lowry, a 48-42 winner over Central Valley of Redding, tonight at 7:30 p.m.

“They are one of the favorites in the 3A,” Barnes said of Lowry. “If we don’t show up, they could easily beat us. They have good inside players. A couple of times it looked like Central Valley was going to come back and their senior guards calmed things down.”

The Senators showed up early against Fernley. They forced 10 turnovers in the first six-plus minutes of the game en route to an 18-6 lead. Pat Smith had six of his team-high 12 points in that span and Brian Barnes had five of his 10 in that span.

“They (Carson) came out and played hard,” said Fernley coach Dave Burns. “They really played defense. They dictated everything we did the entire game on offense.”

Cade Knutson, Fernley’s top scorer had 13 points, but six of those came in the fourth quarter when Carson had the game well in hand and played some zone defense.

“I knew about him and (Bryce) Baker,” Barnes said. “We didn’t give him much room out there.”

Burns agreed.

‘They shaded his way all night,” Burns said. “We have to do a better job of setting screens.”

Things didn’t get any better for Fernley in hte econd quarter. The Vaqueros missed their first nine shots from the floor. The only saving

grace is that Carson also was struggling. Two Brian Barnes free htrows

and a putback by Smith gave Carson a 22-10 lead. Ryan Stokes trimmed

the lead to 22-12 with 2;29 left on two free throws.

carson finally woke up, going on a 9-0 run in the final two minutes to

take a 31-12 lead into the locker room. Chris Steele started the surge

with a putback, Ean Witter drained two free throws, Kevin Kurek scored

on a layup and Ian Gunn dropped in a 3-pointer.

“I was able to get a lot of guys in the mix,” said Barnes, who subbed

liberally throughout. “I don’t mind playing a lot of guys. I feel we’re

two deep at every position.

“I was able to play a lot of guys at certain points in the game. We

were able to run some sets and work on being patient. We’re still not

close to where we need to be (in terms of patience).”

An 8-2 run by Carson in the first portion of the third quarter enabled

Carson to increase its lead to 39-17. dakota Silk’s basket made it

39-19 after three.

Carson went on an 8-0 run in the first 90 seconds of the fourth quarter

to achieve its biggest lead of the game, 47-19. Trey Jensen, Brennan

Shaffer and Josh Peacock had a basket apiece while Smith drained two

free throws.


The Buckaroos earned the right to face the Senators with a narrow win.

Lowry enjoyed a double-digit lead for a big portion of the second half.

central Valley cout the lead to 40-34 with a 5-0 run in a span of 71

seconds. Central was unable to get any closer.

Will Thacker led Lowry with 14 points and Carlos Mancasola led Central

Valley with 15.

“We made too many mistakes,” said Lowry coach Lee Bosch. “We did play

with intensity and that made up for it. We never had a letdown.

“I know nothing about Carson except what I saw last year. His kid

(Brian Barnes)has a lot of talent. We’ll have to give it everything we

have to have a chance.”


The Raiders, thanks to a 13-1 run in the fourth quarter, won their

first game of the season after seven losses.

The Greenwave, 3-6, had cut an eight-point deficit down to one, 45-44,

with 7:12 remaining in the game on a basket by Brent Perazzo.

Fallon didn’t score again for four minutes, and by then Reed had built

up a big enough lead to take control of the game.

Yuriy Ikovlev, the younger brother of former Pack star Dennis Ikovlev,

started the Reed barrage with a free throw to make it 46-44 with 7:02

left. After each team turned the ball over twice, Mike Powell (22

points) drained two free throws and a 3-pointer to make it 51-44. Irvin

ma made it a nine-poiint lead on a nice drive to the basket,

After Miles Adam (13 points) scored on a free throw, Reed scored five

straight, four on two baskets by Aaron Greenblat (16 points) to make it


Fallon got as close as six, 59-53, on a 3-pointer by Adam, but Reed

scored the last four points of the game.


The Mustangs built a 22-point lead at halftime, and then had to hold

off the Hawks for the first-round win.

Hug, thanks to 17 second-half points by Tre Johnson cut deep into the

Mustangs’ lead. He finished with 19 points.

Diminutive Matt Nuthall scored 30 points to lead Damonte, 20 of those

coming in the opening 16 minutes. C.J. Santos added 11 and Jack Denzler