ROUNDUP: Carson teams lose in Vegas
LAS VEGAS – Carson dropped to 0-3 in the boys basketball Las Vegas tournament, dropping a 59-51 decision to Hazard of Kentucky and a 37-35 loss to Liberty of Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Prep Championship.
The losses dropped Carson to 2-6 overall heading into a 9 a.m. game today in the single-elimination portion of the tournament.
In the opener against Hazard, the teams were tied at 19 but Hazard ended the first half with a 9-2 run to take a 28-21 lead at the break. Carson sliced the lead to three points with seven minutes left, but never got any closer.
“We played pretty well,” Carson coach Bruce Barnes said. “They had a couple of runs on us. They had a big guy (6-4 Jordan Olinger) who caused us a lot of problems. They had a good guy out in front, too.”
Olinger finished with 21 points.
Brian Barnes led Carson with 20 points and Trey Jensen added 13.
The second defeat was even tougher to take.
Trailing 35-34, Liberty’s Aaron Navitsky hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer on a fadeaway jump shot to beat the Senators. Navitsky went 4-for-5 from the 3-point arc
“We played pretty well,” Barnes said. “The guy that hit the shot was the one guy, and we talked about it during the timeout, that we didn’t want to touch the ball.
“We’re playing pretty good defense. I’m happy with us defensively. We made them work; swing the ball the whole game.”
Barnes led Carson with 10, Matt Nolan added eight and Tyler Collins chipped in seven.
VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL
CARSON DROPS 2
LAS VEGAS – The Senators’ losing streak reached three with two losses at the opening day of the Las Vegas Holiday Classic.
Highland pounded Carson 55-25 Tuesday morning, and after a break of several hours the Senators lost 48-36 to West Torrance.
The losses dropped Carson to 5-5 overall heading into today’s games against Valley and Mojave.
“We got run off the floor in the first game,” Carson coach Todd Ackerman. “Their bigs can run. They beat us down the floor time and again. We didn’t start playing until the fourth quarter.
“We didn’t do a lot of the little things. They’re a good team. We didn’t handle their pressure very well.”
Highland led 33-13 at the half and padded its lead in the second half.
Whitney Nash led Carson with nine points and Lisa Yamamoto added four.
West Torrance led Carson 31-20 at the half. Carson pulled to within three points early in the fourth quarter before West Torrance pulled away for good.
“We played better,” Ackerman said. “We played more as a group. We ran our press-breaker better. They called off their press in the fourth quarter.”
Nash led Carson with 10 points, while Emily Collins added six.
JV BOYS BASKETBALL
RENO – Matt Galvan scored 21 points, while Bruce McIntosh and Rafe King added nine each to lead Carson to a 56-49 win over Galena at the State Farm tourney at Damonte Ranch Tuesday night.
On Monday, the Senators lost to Damonte Ranch 69-45. King led Carson with 11 and Galvan added eight.
Carson dropped to 4-7 overall and plays again tonight at 7.
DAYTON GIRLS SPLIT
RENO – Dayton High’s freshman girls team split two games at the North Valleys Tournament Tuesday.
Dayton, which played at Damonte Ranch in the dual-site format, dropped its opener 23-15 to Lowry. Cora Mebius led Dayton with five points, 15 rebounds and eight steals.
Dayton knocked off Damonte Ranch 34-16 in its second game of the day. Lettie Lynch led the way with 14 points, while Mebius added six pints and 15 rebounds.