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Boys basketball: Canby held to season low in lopsided loss to No. 2 Clackamas


The Cougars are competitive for a quarter but still finish the first half of their difficult Three Rivers League slate without a win.

by: JEFF GOODMAN / PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Senior guard Austin Taylor (left) drives baseline in a road game Feb. 4 against Clackamas, which earned a 73-45 win over Canby.The Canby boys basketball team didn’t need to face Clackamas to know the Three Rivers League was mercilessly tough.

The second-ranked Cavaliers reminded them anyway.

The Cougars hung around for the opening quarter but couldn’t catch up once Clackamas got rolling, losing 73-45 on the road Feb. 4 to wrap up the first half of their regular season without a league win.

“That was a tough one,” Canby coach Craig Evans said. “Things didn’t go our way. They’re big, they’re physical and they got things going early. They got us on our heels and we had to do things outside our comfort zone.”

The Cougars (7-10, 0-5 in the TRL) haven’t found much of a comfort zone in a loaded conference that features the surging Cavaliers (16-3, 4-1), defending state champion West Linn and two other top-15 teams in Lakeridge and Oregon City as well as a Lake Oswego squad that was ranked No. 1 in Class 6A last season.

Canby is in the basement of the league standings entering a Feb. 11 home game against the Lakers (10-8, 2-3), who prevailed by six points in the teams’ first meeting.

The Cougars’ 28-point loss to Clackamas to reach the midway point of their TRL slate was their most lopsided setback of the season. Each of their four previous conference contests was decided by 11 points or fewer.

Junior guard Jace Cates finished with 13 points to lead Canby, but he was the team’s only scorer in double figures. Senior guard Austin Taylor added eight, while guards Austin Evans and senior Trey Bellmore chipped in five apiece.

The Cougars mustered a season low in points despite finding seams in the Cavaliers’ defense early in the game and trailing by just two points entering the second quarter. They closed the first quarter on a 9-4 run thanks to a turnaround shot by Taylor, a 3-pointer by Cates, a basket in the key by Taylor and a midrange jumper by senior forward A.J. Schlatter that was set up by Cates’ dribble drive.

“We attacked — that was the big thing — and we got them to shoot some shots that they didn’t want to shoot,” Evans said. “When they missed, we got the rebound. In the second quarter, they started getting some offensive rebounds and getting some separation.”

After sophomore guard Nick Huggins brought the Cougars within 17-15 on a drive and close-range bucket early in the second quarter, Clackamas engineered a 19-6 run to close the half.

The Cavaliers used their size and length to disrupt Canby’s offense and snag second-chance opportunities.

Senior forward Keaton Bankofier poured in a game-high 22 points, including 11 in the opening quarter and a breakaway dunk to give Clackamas a 36-21 halftime edge.

The 6-foot-7 Bankofier was joined in double figures by junior wing Markus Golder (13 points), senior wing Andrew Gutwig (11) and 6-foot-8 senior David Reese (10).

The Cavaliers started the second half on a 10-0 run that included a layup in transition by senior wing Raekwon Mingledoff, two easy baskets by Reese, a dunk by Golder and another fast-break layup by Bankofier.

The Cougars were held scoreless for the first 5:24 of the third quarter, a drought that Bellmore snapped with two free throws and a 3-pointer.

“We’re going to have the effort, and we’re going to play hard,” Evans said. “But we’ve got to do the little things, and that’s all five guys on every single play.

“We’re going to be all right. We’re going to wipe this one off, we’re going to go into these last league games and see what we can do.”



Clackamas 73, Canby 45

Feb. 4 at Clackamas High School

1 2 3 4 F

Canby 13 8 9 15 — 45

Clackamas 15 21 14 23 — 73

Canby (45): Jace Cates 13, Austin Taylor 8, Austin Evans 5, Trey Bellmore 5, Tony Kraus 4, A.J. Schlatter 4, Nick Huggins 2, Josh Payne 2, Jordan Sanders 2.

Clackamas (73): Keaton Bankofier 22, Markus Golder 14, Andrew Gutwig 11, David Reese 10, Raekwon Mingledoff 8, Cole Scruggs 3, Drew Conaway 3, Mitchell Fink 2.