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Katz swat Yellowjackets at NorthArk

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

DOUBLE TEAM DON'T WORK: Dalton Grigg rises up above a pair of Kingston defenders for a jumper in the North Arkansas College Tournament Jan. 9. Photo/Mullins
The Kingston Yellowjackets came into their matchup with the Melbourne Bearkatz packing plenty of outside firepower.

But in the end, it was the Katz who had the biggest gun in the quarterfinals of the 36th annual North Arkansas College Senior Boys Tournament Jan. 9 at Harrison's Pioneer Pavilion.

Spencer Caraway exploded for a game-high 34 points, giving the Yellowjackets a low-block nightmare of epic proportions, helping the Bearkatz to a 61-50 victory over Kingston.

The sixth-seeded Yellowjackets were dialed in early and thanks to the outside bombing of Johnny Meyers and Michael Robinson, Kingston jumped out to a 13-4 lead over the third-seeded Katz.

Meyers paced Kingston with 26 points, while Robinson kicked in 16.

Although they were down by double digits early, the Bearkatz didn't panic.

They simply responded to Kingston's challenge.

Dalton Grigg (11 points) hit a bucket for Melbourne, followed in rapid succession by an old-fashioned 3-point play by Spencer Caraway and triple by Derek Baird (four points).

By the time Grigg shook free for a spinning baseline move and Caraway tossed in a layup at the buzzer, the Bearkatz had clawed their way to a 16-15 lead after one period of play.

The second period was tight going, with four lead changes and one tie in the eight minutes of action.

The Yellowjackets used back-to-back 3-pointers from Meyers and Robinson to edge in front 28-25 with a shade over one minute left until the half.

But Melbourne's low post wrecking crew of Grigg and Caraway hit the last two buckets of the second to give the Bearkatz a 29-28 advantage at the break.

Things then started unraveling for the Yellowjackets in the third period.

Spencer Caraway racked up the first five points of the third to push Melbourne on top 34-28.

That was just the separation that the Katz needed.

For good measure, Caraway continued his dominance by scoring eight of Melbourne's last 11 points of the third, giving the Bearkatz a 47-36 lead after three.

Kingston's smaller squad of Yellowjackets began to run out of steam in the fourth and Melbourne ended the afternoon with a 61-50 victory.

Kody Caraway and Cody Cooper finished with five points apiece for Melbourne, while Sam Cooper added two points.

In the opening round Jan. 7, Kody Caraway was on fire from behind the 3-point line.

The sharp-shooting Bearkat drilled five triples en route to 19 points, helping Melbourne to a 68-36 win over the Lead Hill Tigers in early action from Pioneer Pavilion on the NorthArk campus in Harrison.

Spencer Caraway added 15 and Grigg 13 for the Katz.

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