Cougar junior's triple double gives Gervais the edge in the opening game of the Silver Cross Tournament


East Linn Christian 67, Gervais 30

Gervais 47, City Christian 42

Gervais 53, Kennedy 51

A dominating performance from Gervais’ Kylor Kelley Friday night gave the Cougars just the push they needed to get past City Christian and qualify for the championship game of the Silver Cross PHIL HAWKINS - Gervais junior Kylor Kelley has been a defensive force for the Cougars early in the season, averaging a team-high 9.7 rebounds and 8.3 blocks in the first three games of the season.

Unfortunately, the magic didn’t follow them in the title game against the hosting East Linn Christian, and Gervais (2-2) went on to fall 67-30.

Despite the loss, Kelley’s performance against City Christian the night before was the story of the weekend.

The 6-foot-8 junior scored 15 points to go along with 10 rebounds, 11 blocks, three assists and two steals to lead the Cougars to a 47-42 victory over the Lions (1-3).

Although the lengthy junior proved to be the deciding factor in the game, Kelley needed the help of teammates Austin Garcia and Jose Esquivel – as well as some poor free throw shooting on City Christian’s part – to get the job done.

Esquivel had eight points, four rebounds and four assists, while Garcia added nine points and three rebounds in the victory.

Meanwhile, the Lions hit just 7-of-21 free throw attempts in a game that was fairly close throughout the contest.

The two teams were neck-and-neck in the first three quarters. Gervais held a 25-21 advantage at half time, but the Lions cut the lead to 34-33 heading into the final period.

The win put Gervais into the title game against East Linn Christian (2-1), where the Eagles proved they were the superior team in building an 18-3 first-quarter lead en route to a 37-point victory.

Earlier in the week, Gervais erased a 31-20 halftime deficit against Kennedy (2-3) on Dec. 10 to win 53-51 for the team’s first victory of the season.

Kelley had 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocks, while Esquivel had 10 and Adam Jaramillo scored nine points to go along with a seven rebounds and two blocks.

North Marion 65, Woodburn 53

North Salem 61, Woodburn 32

The Bulldogs (0-4) are still looking for their first victory of the season after falling Thursday night at home to North Marion (2-0).

Junior Rey Ruiz led the team with a game-high 29 points, while teammates Orlando Hernandez added 10 and Damian Espinoza scored seven.

Powder Valley 74, St. Paul 42

Condon/Wheeler 47, St. Paul 45

In the opening game of the Condon Christmas Tournament against Powder Valley, the Bucks played well in half-court situations, both offensively and defensively, but were unable to slow down the Badgers in transition.

Cody Southerland finished with a team-high 15 points for St. Paul, which also got 13 points from Cody Faber.

“We didn’t play poorly,” head coach Vince Drago said. “We just got beat by a better team.”

Saturday against Condon/Wheeler, the Bucks were undone by a poor shooting performance against the Knights, who held a two-point lead with 10 seconds to play.

St. Paul inbounded the ball and a good look from 10 feet, but the shot did not fall. Southerland again paced the Bucks (0-2) with 19 points.

- Seth Gordon


Woodburn 43, Hood River 28

Centennial 71, Woodburn 53

Woodburn 52, North Salem 31

The Bulldog girls continue to impress as the team won two of three games this week to get off to its best start to the season in more than a decade.

Ridgeview 44, North Marion 31

North Marion 63, Colton 47

The Huskies split their opening two games of the season last week.

Michaela Meeuwsen and Carlie Donnelly controlled the Vikings inside in?North Marion’s season-opener against Colton. Meeuwsen led the team with 21 points and 15 rebounds, while Donnelly went off for 18 and 10.

Friday night, the visiting Ravens took a 21-15 lead at the half and gradually expanded it throughout the third and fourth quarters for the 13-point victory.

Meeuwsen had nine points, six rebounds and three assists in the loss.

East Linn Christian 50,?Gervais 26

City Christian 51, Gervais 19

Kennedy 63, Gervais 12

Gervais was down by just 26-19 through the first half against East Linn Christian, but went on to fall by 24 points in their second game of the Silver Cross Tournament.

Cassidy Rush had 10 points, while Zina Oral added five points, three assists and two blocks. Caitlin Davidson led the Cougars with five rebounds.

Kennedy 56, Colton 40

Kennedy 51, Elgin 28

Kennedy 63, Gervais 12

The Trojans (5-0) are on their best five-game start since the 2009-10 season after winning three straight last week.

Kennedy has limited opponents to just more than 28 points a game as the team prepares to enter league-play this week.

Condon/Wheeler 38, St. Paul 29

St. Paul 37, Powder Valley 28

Western Mennonite 49, St. Paul 30

Valley?Catholic 57, St. Paul 25

The Bucks played four games in five nights last week. After dropping a pair of back-to-back games at home to start the week, St. Paul (2-3) traveled to Condon over the weekend where they split games against Powder Valley and the hosting Condon/Wheeler Knights.

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