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Carey Has to Slow Down Nubians

Carey is a making the trip to the regional tournament for the first time in school history and the Blue Devils will play Columbus Africentric in the division three regional semifinal at Bowling Green State University on Wednesday night.

Carey knocked off Margaretta (41-31) in a district final on Saturday afternoon and coach Jamie Young feels like they really have some momentum on their side. “We have played four really good games. The kids are really engaged. Even the kids on the bench that don’t get to play are really engaged in games and in practice. It is just an overall great feeling and I am happy to just still be playing when most teams are not. Even though we have to take a long bug ride I am really happy that the kids get a chance to play at Bowling Green State University,” said Young.

There is a tremendous amount of excitement surrounding the Blue Devils, but Young knows they still must keep some focus. “Our community has really supported us. I have been getting phone calls, e-mails, and text messages daily from people I haven’t spoken to in a long time that are just in the community. The kids are really exited, but I think they will be focused. They would like to move on. This is the first team in Carey history to ever make it to regionals. They are not content with where we are. They would love to keep moving forward,” he said.

The Africentric Nubians (19-6) play in the Columbus City League against much larger schools. They beat Northmor (68-49) the champion of the Knox Morrow Athletic Conference in a district semifinal last week and then topped Johnstown-Monroe (59-43) to win the district on Saturday.

Young says they really like to push the tempo and they have the players to do it. “With their transition offense they can really get out and push. They are led by Trey Baumgardener. He is a phenomenal point guard. He is kind of old school in that he controls the whole game for them. He is a big part of what they do. He is a really good player and the way he gets them out into transition, make or miss, is something to see. It is an exciting brand of basketball they play,” said Young.

Carey (20-5) has not been a team that has been all that patient this year, but Young says they can not get into a track meet with the Nubians. “We are going to try and control the tempo because they are going to try and get out and run and they are going to try and get out and pressure us. We can’t panic, we have to be under control and be where we are supposed to be. It all comes down to controlling the tempo and if we can knock down some shots early,” he said.

Published 3/14/18

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Carey Must Control Oak Harbor Point Guard

Carey tangles with Oak Harbor in the division three district semi finals at Norwalk High School on Thursday night.

The Blue Devils (18-6) advanced to the districts with a (66-46) shellacking of Western Reserve last Friday. They have had an outstanding season, including being the only team to beat Upper Sandusky (71-70) in a Northern 10 Athletic Conference game.

Coach Jamie Young says they have a lot experience, some athleticism and some size. “I have a player on my team that is going to letter for four years in Cody Luzader and two others that this will be their third year, so we have experience and we also have senior seniors to keep everybody in line,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, “So, that is one big key and then we have athleticism and we have some good size. Down low we have Hayden Stone, who is 6’7”, he is a sophomore. We have pretty good athletes across the board,”

Stone leads the team in scoring (14.6 ppg) and the “N10” in rebounding (10.5) and Luzader and Trey Barne have been two of the better outside shooters in the conference this year.

Oak Harbor sophomore point guard Jac Alexander has been named as a first team all district player and he certainly has Young’s attention. “The first thing is their point guard. He is only a sophomore, but he runs the show. He looks like a senior out there he has everything under control. It is hard to get him rattled. He can shoot from the outside. He can penetrate and dish or he can penetrate and score. He is an impressive sophomore. He is just one of those kids that we are going to have to try and stay in front of and not let him create too much,” said Young.

Right at the top of the scouting report for the Blue Devils is not allowing Alexander to take over the game. “They have a couple of other guards that can shoot the ball well and they have good size inside. They have a couple of 6’4”, 6’5” kids inside. One is a really good scorer. They try and kick the ball inside to him. Controlling the tempo and not letting their point guard run the show is going to be key,” he said.

Published 3/07/18

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