Kingsmen win with charity
Putnam makes 26 free throws in a 56-47 win over Milwaukie
MILWAUKIE - The Rex Putnam Kingsmen used an up-tempo game and sharp free throw shooting to put Milwaukie away 56-47 in a Three Rivers League boys basketball game played Jan. 8 at Putnam.
The Kingsmen broke the game open in the second and third periods, when they upped the pace of play. Putnam led 24-19 at halftime and 41-29 heading into the final period. The Kingsmen put the game away with can't miss free throw shooting in the final period.
Putnam was 15-of-17 from the line in the fourth quarter and 26-of-34 from the charity stripe for the game.
The Kingsmen were also tough on the backboards, earning an 11-3 advantage on the offensive boards.
Ali Mihub and Kevin Schwartz headed up the effort for Putnam. They tied for team-high honors, each with 15 points.
Schwartz made nine free throws in the game and he was 6-of-7 from the line down the stretch.
Mihub hauled down seven rebounds.
Robby Rivers came through with several key buckets, scoring 6 points on 3-of-4 shooting.
Led by Derek Ridder (5 steals), the Kingsmen forced 16 turnovers.
Jon Opperud scored a game-high 22 points in the losing effort.
The Mustangs lost two players - Brandon Delestatious and David McVeigh - to fouls.
It was the league opener for both teams.
at Lake Oswego
LAKE OSWEGO - The Kingsmen continued tough on Friday, when they took defending league champion Lake Oswego down to the wire in a 59-53 loss.
Trailing by 12 points, the Kingsmen rallied to within three points with a minute left. A missed lay-up and a turnover then kept them from getting any closer.
'We played good team basketball,' said Putnam assistant coach Tyler Rose. 'As a team, we only counted eight turnovers, which was one of the reasons we were able to hang on and make it a game.'
The Kingsmen slowed Lake Oswego junior post Max Jacobsen, the Lakers' leading scorer on the season, holding the 6-7 big-man to 13 points.
But Jacobsen still hurt the Kingsmen, kicking the ball back out to senior guard Elliot Babcock-Krenk, who had a hot hand from the outside.
Babcock-Krenk hit five 3-pointers, and finished with a game-high 26 points.
Jake Rickert (18 points) and Ali Mihub (17 points) were the top point-getters for Putnam.
Derek Ridder had seven rebounds and six steals in the losing effort.
Putnam (7-5, 1-1) faces another stiff challenge this Friday, when the Kingsmen take on Clackamas (8-3, 1-1) on the road.