Defense tells the story in a 41-34 victory

SALEM - The Rex Putnam Kingsmen got it done in a nonleague boys basketball game here Friday, as they rallied from a 19-14 halftime deficit to drop South Salem 41-34.

The Saxons struggled offensively all night, as the Kingsmen stymied them with constantly changing defenses. Derek Ridder played a major role, guarding Saxon offensive star Xavier Cannefax and holding him to just seven points.

South Salem scored only 12 baskets in the game, and five of those were from beyond the arc.

Putnam post James Clift also helped orchestrate the Kingsmen victory, hauling down a career-high 12 rebounds to lead his squad to a 29-22 edge on the backboards.

And Kevin Schwartz was tough down the stretch, when he made a number of pressure-packed free throws.

Schwartz' scored all 13 of his game-high 13 points after the halftime intermission.

Ali Mihub (11 points) joined Schwartz in double figures in scoring.

No one from South Salem reached double figures in scoring.

The Kingsmen (8-7, 1-3) host West Linn (7-8, 2-2) in a key league game this Friday; they play Milwaukie (4-12, 1-4) on the road next Tuesday.

Putnam girls

come up short

MILWAUKIE - A combination of cold shooting and fouls did the Rex Putnam Kingsmen in last Friday, as they dropped a nonleague girls basketball game to South Salem, 65-56.

The Kingsmen found the mark on only 32 percent (19-of-60) of their shots from the floor.

And while the Kingsmen were struggling to find the basket, the visiting Saxons were building their winning tally with free throws. The Kingsmen were charged with 34 fouls and the Saxons scored 36 of their 65 points at the charity stripe.

Still, the Kingsmen were within three points near the midpoint of the final period, when they lost two starters to fouls.

Holly Kennedy (14 points) and Abby Lelinski (12 points) paced the Kingsmen in scoring.

Putnam sophomore post Sarah Wilson was a force close to the basket, blocking seven shots, hauling down seven rebounds and scoring six points.

Senior guard Sami Parr had six steals, six points and four assists.

It was the fourth straight loss for the Kingsmen (6-11, 1-4), who begin the second round of Three Rivers League play this Thursday at West Linn (12-5, 4-1).

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