Culver boys' basketball falls in final
Culver beat Gilchrist in Thursday's game using a dominant third quarter. A stalemate followed a day later against the Summit junior varsity in the championship game.
The split left Culver with a 3-8 record going back into Tri-River action. The Bulldogs play three league games in four days, starting with a trek to Blanchet (in Salem) on Wednesday.
Home games against Salem Academy on Friday and Delphian on Saturday follow. Culver is 0-3 in league play with those games the week after football season ended.
"That was frustrating, not being able to have our whole team really practice before we started playing league," Bulldog coach James Macy said. "This is the best team we've had but our record doesn't show it."
A trio of Culver basketball players were part of the football team's run to the 2A state title -- guard Nevin Lewis plus posts Thomas Griffin and Garrett Mauritson.
Culver 66, Gilchrist 52: A 21-4 surge gave the Bulldogs control of the semifinal game.
"That was one of our better quarters this season," Macy said. "We went out and played good defense. That was our emphasis."
The Bulldogs kept 1A Gilchrist from hitting a field goal in nine shots. The Grizzlies also committed six turnovers.
That defense helped set up quick scores on layups.
Cody Tadlock led the way, scoring nine of his game-high 29 points in the third quarter. The senior transfer from Sisters added 13 more points in the fourth quarter.
John Decker added 21 points with his team's first eight. The senior hit a pair of 3-pointers to help the Bulldogs to an early lead.
Culver was playing without Lewis or Griffin, both gone on family vacations.
Summit JV 60, Culver 46: The Bulldogs were unable to create another big quarter against a taller Storm squad.
Culver trailed by nine at halftime, 38-29. Both teams were cold in the third quarter as the Storm had just a 9-7 advantage.
"We were getting good looks, but didn't hit those shots," Macy said. "It was a helpless feeling as a coach, seeing the guys get the shots we wanted but not being able to hit them."
The shots came against much taller Summit posts. The visitors rotated 6-foot-9 Micah King and 6-11 Tyler Heinly.
"Not having Thomas (Griffin, the 6-5 senior) hurt us in this game," Macy said.
A subpar Decker was another minus. Decker was slowed by illness but still scored 17. Tadlock added 13 while Lewis returned to add five points.