Boys hoops team opens season 2-0


The West Linn boys basketball team got off to a terrific start to the year, picking up a pair of road wins in games at Tualatin and South Salem.

In the team's opener, the Lions got off to a hot start shooting the ball en route to a 60-41 victory.

West Linn jumped out to a 20-8 lead after the first quarter and never really looked back.

The Lions hurt themselves with some turnovers as they shook off some rust from the offseason. But West Linn played solid defense in the second half to cruise to an easy win.

"Turnovers is an area we'll have to improve on. We want to be quick but not in a hurry," coach Eric Viuhkola said.

Tualatin would close the cap to three points early in the second half before the Lions put the clamps down defensively.

It was a balanced scoring attack for the team as Hayden Coppedge led with 10 points while Mitch Cokley, Devon Hawkins and Ryan Shearmire all added nine.

Then, on Tueseday, the Lions traveled to Salem and picked up another lopsided win. West Linn led 68-42 after three quarter before calling off the dogs in an 84-68 win.

The Lions succeeded in working the ball into the paint, getting 20 points from sophomore Shearmire and Cokley had another hot shooting night, leading all scorers with 22.

Hawkins had another terrific night on all fronts, averaging nine rebounds a game in both contests.

West Linn had gotten strong contributions from nearly its entire roster as Viuhkola looks to keep players fresh with the Lions' up-tempo style of play.

"The whole season I'll look to play nine guys with good minutes. We're sharing the ball well and the kids like to play together. They're fun to watch," Viuhkola said.

West Linn will have its home opener on Friday against Tigard.