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BASKETBALL: Braves drop two more games and remain winless in Cowapa League play
by: Tommy Whitcomb, Banks’ Gabe Linehand tries to get off a shot over two Astoria defenders during Thursday’s Cowapa League game.

Banks is still looking for its first Cowapa League win of the season after falling to Seaside and Astoria last week.

The Braves (2-13, 0-3) took one on the chin last Tuesday against Seaside, losing 59-44 on the road. Two nights later, Banks fell 51-40 at home to Astoria.

'The execution is there, we just have to get the ball to go in the basket,' said Banks head coach Norm Ballou. 'The bright spot is that the kids played well, we just had a really poor shooting night.'

Senior Jared Rue led Banks with nine points on Thursday against Astoria (10-5, 3-1).

'Jared is probably our most consistent player right now,' Ballou said. 'I think it's just a matter of getting everyone to line up and play well on the same night.'

Banks hung around for a while against Astoria, but last Tuesday's game against Seaside (8-7, 2-2) was never close.

'Right now we're just not playing well on the road,' Ballou said. 'Seaside just took it to us over there. At home we're playing better, but we play a bit to the level of our cometition.'

Banks will hit the road on Thursday with a trip to league-leading Tillamook (10-5, 4-0).