High school basketball: Carson boys lose to hot shooting team – Salisbury Post


Carson’s Hunter Burris defends.

Staff report

CHINA GROVE – Top scorer Jay Howard had some fouling issues and shots wouldn’t fall for Emory Taylor.

It added to another long night for the Carson boys.

Following Wednesday’s 84-54 loss to Carolina International, the Cougars will go 0-8 in the Dale’s Sporting Goods Sam Moir Christmas Classic next week.

Carson will be ranked seventh, not eighth, only because neighbor South Rowan is 0-9.

Carson will be paired with No. 2 seed Davie (6-3) in the first round on Tuesday.

“We don’t give up or give in,” said head coach Brian Perry, who has guided the Cougars through many ups and downs over his 16 seasons.

Perry was there when the school first opened, so he saw it all: good teams, medium teams, bad teams.

Current Cougars won’t be defined by what happened before Christmas, but by what happens after the holidays.

“We didn’t handle the ball very well or shoot it very well, but I see we’re improving,” said Perry. “Sometimes it’s just about making an extra pass on each possession, sharing the ball a little more. We looked better tonight in our attack on half court.

While the record might not reflect it, Carson has four players who can score in clusters, plus the perfect fifth guy in Hunter Burris, who is there to bounce, move the ball and defend and doesn’t care if he does. shoot one day. .

“Most nights someone gets 17, 18, 19 points,” Perry said. “We just need to get a combination of scoring guys. We’re starting to get a few guys playing at the same time, and we’ll start to come away with a few wins.

Carson, a heavy goaltender, played against a talented North Rowan side on Tuesday and led late in the third quarter. Then North scored eight points in 40 seconds to gain control. Turnover and three-point games.

“We go from a win to 15 in four minutes against North, and it’s tough for us to come back,” said Perry. “North is the No. 1 seed for the Christmas tournament, but we’re there with them at the end of the third quarter. If we don’t have that bad minute, I think it plays out on the wire. “

Against Carolina International, a charter school in Cabarrus County, Carson couldn’t hang on for long.

Carolina International (3-6) shot nearly 50 percent for the game, including 9 for 19 on 3 points.

Carolina International 6-foot-2 guard Kimman Power is considered the 2023 class’s top prospect. Perry was impressed with him. Power scored 24 points, with just 12 field goal attempts. Davion Featherston, a small goaltender, was 8 of 10 on free throws and scored 20.

Power scored three to three points in the first quarter. Carson’s Mikey Beasley came out hot and matched him to keep the Cougars in the game.

“We knew they could score – they racked up 80s,” Perry said. “We had to play better defense.

Beasley scored 15 of Carson’s 17 in the first quarter. Carolina International suppressed Beasley in the second quarter and took a 40-27 lead at halftime.

Carson scored just seven points in the third quarter, as the visitors opened it.

Beasley finished with 18. Cam Burleyson had 12. Freshman Colin Ball scored seven.

But the Cougars needed everyone to click to keep pace with Carolina International. This does not happen.

Carson was bullish in November and didn’t expect to start 0-8, but the Cougars went 0-3 in a stricken first week of the season. They have not yet recovered.

“We’ve played a lot of good teams and that’s part of the reason we’re where we are now,” said Perry. “Everything is a process. We just have to keep fighting and working to improve ourselves. “

Caroline International 23 17 24 20 – 84

Carson 17 10 7 20 – 54

CARSON – Beasley 18, Burleyson 12, Ball 7, Taylor 5, Howard 3, Burris 3, Crawford 2, McBride 2, Guida 2.


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