July 23, 2014

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Boys basketball: Vermilion’s Kuhn sets career scoring record

Vermilion’s Cameron Kuhn goes up for a basket over Bay’s Danny Heideloff. Kuhn broke the school scoring record during the game. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — For 48 years, Vermilion boys basketball had one name on top of its all-time scoring list. On Friday, John Halley relinquished his record to senior Cameron Kuhn.

Kuhn hit a pair of free throws at the 5:17 mark of the second quarter against Bay, giving Vermilion its first points of the quarter and the senior the school’s all-time scoring record. He broke Halley’s mark of 1,054 set in 1965.

“I was just hoping it would go in,” Kuhn said. “I liked it being a free throw because we weren’t in any tempo. It was just a free throw, so (stopping the game) didn’t have any affect on us at all. It was perfect.”

The Sailors went on to beat the Rockets 58-45 in a West Shore Conference clash.

Vermilion honored Halley before the game, presenting him with an honorary No. 30 jersey — Kuhn’s number.

When Kuhn broke the record, he shook Halley’s hand amid a standing ovation and gave the alumnus a hug after the game.

“Cameron is an outstanding basketball player and I would have thought it was broken long before this,” the 66-year-old Halley said. “I tell everyone it lasted longer than Roger Maris’ record. At my age I think I forgot about it a long time ago. I wasn’t aware I still had it until this past year when a couple of my friends called me up and told me about it.”

Kuhn had 17 of Vermilion 27 first-half points and finished with 32 and eight rebounds, but the Sailors only led by four at halftime. The Sailors (5-0, 3-0 WSC) forced seven turnovers in the third quarter and suffocated the Rockets (2-3, 1-2), outscoring them 14-7. Kuhn added eight of those points.

“We found a way to win,” Vermilion coach Kurt Habermehl said. “It wasn’t very pretty. We had to fight through a lot of different things tonight. It was just a different atmosphere and at times we didn’t do a good job responding to that atmosphere.”

Kuhn opened the third with two free throws. Kyle Nader snagged an offensive rebound for a putback on the second possession. He had four in the third quarter and finished with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

“Kyle is a dynamic player, he has to be,” Habermehl said. “We don’t have enough scoring for him not to be aggressive and look to score.”

After Rex Sunahara hit a layup for Bay at the 7:20 mark in the third, the Rockets did not score a field goal for the next 6:31. Brandon Morriss ended the drought with a layup, and finished with nine points and led the Rockets with eight rebounds.

John Koz led Bay with 17 points.

“I feel like every time we’ve lost it’s because we’ve beat ourselves,” Bay coach Jared Shetzer said. “We don’t take care of the basketball very well and that’s a product of our up tempo basketball and these guys being very young. They haven’t gotten used to it yet.”

Contact Chris Sweeney at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.

Vermilion 58, Bay 45

BAY (45): Alec White 0-0-0, Jonathon Brajdic 2-0-5, Rex Sunahara 2-1-5, John Koz 8-0-17, Danny Heideloff 3-0-7, Will Wilson 0-2-2, Brandon Morriss 4-1-9, Jack Aleksandrovic 0-0-0, Jack Kyle 0-0-0, Matt Orr 0-0-0. Totals 19-4-45.

VERMILION (58): Cameron Kuhn 10-12-32, Kyle Nader 4-3-12, Seth Konrad 1-0-3, Ross Lewis 2-0-5, Aaron Dawson 1-0-2, Forrest Boyd 1-0-3, Nick Prenatt 0-0-0, Zach Myracle 0-1-1, Alex Nunn 0-0-0. Totals 19-16-58.

Bay 13 10 7 15 — 45
Vermilion 13 14 14 17 — 58

Three-point goals: Bay 3-21 (14 percent, Brajdic, Heideloff, Koz), Vermilion 4-19 (21 percent, Boyd, Lewis, Nader, Konrad). Field goals: Bay 19-48 (39 percent), Vermilion 19-48 (39 percent). Free throws: Bay 4-11 (36 percent), Vermilion 16-22 (72 percent); Rebounds: Bay 24 (Morriss 8), Vermilion 28 (Nader 10). Total fouls: Bay 17, Vermilion 16. Turnovers: Bay 17, Vermilion 11.

Junior varsity: Vermilion, 56-42.