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Katz win thriller with Turrell

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Melbourne Bearkatz, the top-ranked team in Class 2A, were in bad need of a spark.

They had just watched as the Turrell Rockets ripped off eight straight points to turn a 44-37 Bearkatz lead into a 45-44 Turrell advantage deep in the third period of a hotly-contested semi-final matchup in the regional tournament.

So what better way to halt the Rocket spurt than with a rim-shaking, run-breaking backdoor dunk?

Dalton Grigg took a feed from Spencer Caraway and headed baseline, stopping only to slam the ball down with one mighty hand, restoring order for Melbourne and a 46-45 Katz lead after three.

With that shot of momentum provided by Grigg's slam, Melbourne (32-4) went on to edge Turrell 59-56 Feb. 27 in Newark to advance to the Class 2A North Region Tournament championship game.

Every time Melbourne and Turrell has squared off in post-season play the past decade or so, the outcome has always been decided late.

And such was the case this time around.

Up 46-45 after three, the Katz added to that margin early in the fourth, thanks to a corner trey from Lee Lewis (11 points).

But a layin from Turrell's Theo Turner (20 points) knotted the game at 54-all with a touch under two minutes left.

Chase Massey then hit three straight charity tosses to push the Katz back in front 57-54. Massey had a monster game with 23 big points to lead all scorers.

Travis Selvy (10 points) brought the Rockets closer with a pair of freebies at the 39-second mark, but Spencer Caraway (12 points) calmly drained two big free throws to pad Melbourne's lead to three, 59-56.

Turrell still had a chance to even the score with a trey as the clock head toward zero. The Rockets got off one 3-point attempt that missed the mark, but the rebound bounced to half-court where Turrell grabbed it, setting up another long-range bomb.

This last-ditch shot also missed paydirt and the Bearkatz ended the evening with a hard-earned three-point victory over a talented and determined Turrell squad.

Breathing room was hard to come by in this game and both teams battled for every loose ball from the outset.

Grigg (six points) hit the first bucket of the game for Melbourne, while Lewis and Kody Caraway (six points) each hit a trey for Melbourne in the first period. But the difference in the first half was Massey. He attacked the rim hard, blowing by the Rocket defense with ease.

An old-fashioned 3-point play from Massey put Melbourne on top 15-11 late in the first period.

Turrell narrowed the gap late as Terrance Selvy (seven points) knocked down a 3-pointer near the buzzer, sending the teams to the second with the Bearkatz in front 17-15.

The match was tied four times through the halfway point of the second, but the Rockets managed to slide in front to lead by five, 28-23, late in the stanza.

But Spencer Caraway got free for a hoop in the paint and Massey tacked on a pair of traditional 3-point plays, the late one coming with less than a second remaining in the half, to give Melbourne a 34-33 lead at intermission.

The Katz managed to build this into a 44-37 lead in the third before Turrell went on its 8-0 run deep in the period.

Derek Baird tallied one point for Melbourne.

Spencer Caraway finished with another double-double, 16 points and 18 rebounds, to help the Bearkatz to a 62-37 rout of the Riverside Rebels Feb. 25 in the opening round.

Lewis posted 14 points, while Massey tossed in 13. Grigg scored eight points and pulled down 14 rebounds. Kody Caraway and Sam Cooper tallied four points each, while Sam Blankenship logged three points.

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