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Apollos pick right up where they left off

Sunset's boys beat Battle Ground 90-80 to open 2008 with a fourth straight win
by: MILES VANCE, TO THE HOOP – Sunset senior guard Garrett Sim soars to the basket for two of his 37 points in Friday's 90-80 home win over Battle Ground.

CEDAR MILL - It had been a long time since Sunset's boys basketball team had been on the court, and an even longer time since the Apollos had played on their home court, so on Friday, Sunset was only too happy to get back in the groove.

The Apollos, hosting Battle Ground in a non-league contest, racked up a 90-80 victory on Friday to win for the fourth straight time and improve to 11-2 overall, and they did it behind the two-headed beast of senior guard Garrett Sim and senior forward Phil Campbell. Together, the duo combined for 57 of their team's 90 points, with Sim pouring in 37 and Campbell adding 20 more in the victory.

'We had a week off so it was a little weird getting back into this one, and it was the first home game since last month, since November … but I thought we played pretty well,' Sim said.

'It was good to come out, get some practices in and get a game,' said Sunset coach Todd Sherwood. 'Our kids battled back. They made them shoot contested shots in the second half and we were able to execute.'

Indeed they were. The Tigers (5-6) stayed close throughout the first half, thanks in great part to the sharpshooting efforts of senior guard Kyle Kromminga, who hit 7-of-8 three-pointers in the game and finished with 30 points. Kromminga had eight of his 30, including two 'threes,' in the second quarter to keep the Tigers within 41-37 at halftime.

But the Apollos turned up the heat in the third period, shredded the Tiger press for a 23-13 scoring edge and never looked back. Sim had a 'three' and seven points in the quarter, and Campbell broke loose for 10 in the period, most of those on assists from Sim.

'It was just the ball movement, getting it up court quick so they couldn't trap us,' Campbell said. 'I just got it right under the hoop, which was pretty nice.'

The Tigers battled back with a 30-point fourth quarter, paced by Kromminga's 13 and eight more from Jeremy Rohrer, but Sim knocked down 13-of-16 foul shots in the final period and Campbell added six more points to seal the win.

For a complete game story and more photos, please see Thursday's edition of the Beaverton Valley Times.