BASKETBALL: Stan Woodfill, the David Douglas boys basketball coach, knows his team has trouble with consistency, so he keeps close tabs on its intensity level.

That was why he called a timeout just 28 seconds into the third quarter of the Scots' game with Sandy on Friday night. Despite runs of 9-2 and 12-4 in the second quarter, the Scots led just 33-27.

'At times, we play brilliantly,' Woodfill said later. 'But at other times, we play like a totally different team. That's the problem with having a deep team Ñ you struggle with consistency.'

Woodfill has been using 10 players, and the Scots are slowly responding, having won three straight after beating the Pioneers 57-48. They are 6-3 overall, 3-0 in the Mount Hood Conference heading into a home game with Reynolds (3-0 Mount Hood) at 7:30 tonight.

Last season, the Scots were 20-3 and won the conference title.

'We're very similar to last year's team,' says senior Greg O'Neal, this year's top scorer. 'The key is how well we play defense. If we can play defense like we did last year, we can be as good.'

The Scots are giving up 54.6 points per game, well above last year's 48.3. David Douglas is 2-2 in games decided by five points or less. Last season, the Scots were 8-2 in games decided by seven points or less.

O'Neal, a 6-foot point guard, scored 26 points in a loss to Battle Ground and 24 in a win over Century. Woodfill says O'Neal is an unselfish player, perhaps too much so.

'He's a good scorer, and we need that,' Woodfill says. 'Sometimes, I have to remind him that scoring is part of his job, too.'

WRESTLING: David Douglas, led by junior Brandon Ely and senior Justin Snoderly, finished 12th in a 92-team invitational at Reno, Nev. Ely took second at 171 pounds, while Snoderly placed fourth at 215. Redmond, which is ranked eighth among Oregon teams, won the tourney.

Redmond, incidentally, is the site of this year's Oregon Classic, the state's unofficial annual dual meet championship. The meet has been held in Portland the last two years but will take place at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday. David Douglas and Lincoln are among the teams entered.

ÑÊCliff Pfenning