Bemidji HS boys basketball team to host Duluth Central
Carey Woods and his Bemidji boys basketball teammates do not have much time to savor Tuesday's record-setting performance at Grand Forks Central as the Lumberjacks return to the court 7:15 p.m. today when they host Duluth Central.
Tuesday night at GFC Woods set a school record with 52 points. His effort bettered the mark of 50 which was set by Jim Jensen in 1978.
"So far, scoring 52 points has been the highlight of my career," Woods, a junior shooting guard, said. "I'm sure I'll look back at it as one of the finest nights I'll ever have on the basketball floor."
"It was a quiet 52 points," said BHS coach Jeff Brown. "Honestly, I knew he was having a great game but I figured he might have been in the high 30s or low 40s. I had no idea that Carey was near 50."
Grand Forks Central employed a variety of defenses to slow Bemidji's offense and among them was a chaser. But the home team quickly discovered that Bemidji was more than a one-man team.
"They made an adjustment when they tried to run a guy on Carey but right away Mitch (Brown) hit a 3-pointer, JC (Cervenka) drained a 15-footer and we scored again on the third possession," the coach said. "After those three times down the court Central abandoned that defense."
Although Woods received the majority of the accolades Tuesday he prefers to talk about the contributions of his teammates.
"Scoring 52 points is something I wouldn't have accomplished without my teammates passing me the ball and setting good screens," Woods said. "I really have to share this record with them."
His coach agrees.
"The key to Carey's record is that we have balanced scoring," Brown said. "His teammates, especially Ryan Rude, recognized that Carey had the hot hand and gave up their opportunities for Carey. By doing that Ryan, as a team captain and a senior, showed how much of a team leader he really is."
BHS will take a 16-2 record into tonight's contest while Duluth East is 14-5. East is on a seven-game winning streak while the Lumberjacks have won seven of their last eight games.