BASKETBALL: Gaston goes into Christmas break trying to fix some of the problems that led to back-to-back losses

Gaston gave Cascade Locks an early Christmas present, committing 29 turnovers and essentially giving away last Tuesday's non-conference basketball game, 77-65.

Two nights later against Perrydale, Gaston lost the game, then lost its composure during a fourth-quarter shoving match. The Greyhounds (3-6) got pounded by Perrydale, 78-48, but it was the technical foul and automatic ejection one player earned that drew the ire of head coach Lono Waiwaiole.

'The guys were playing hard even though the game was essentially over,' Waiwaiole said. 'We lost our poise at the end of the game. It was a real step backwards for us.'

Trailing by double figures with about a minute left, the two teams scrambled for control of a loose ball. As the pile cleared there was some shoving and one Gaston player came off the bench to intervene. When the dust settled, the Hounds had been assessed a technical foul and the player who came off the bench was ejected.

'It was pretty much the opposite of everything I teach,' Waiwaiole said.

Parker Bolden led Gaston with 12 points and Ryan Lewis had 10, but it was not a good night to be a Greyhound fan.

Tuesday's game against Cascade Locks wasn't much better. Gaston led by eight points at the end of the first quarter but saw the margin trimmed to 33-31 by halftime. Cascade Locks (2-1) went ahead in the third quarter and never looked back.

'It was a bad game for us. We basically gave it away,' Waiwaiole said. 'We played really atrocious defense. We didn't do the things we needed to do to win.'

The Hounds lost despite 51 combined points from Lewis and Bolden. Lewis had 29 and Bolden added 22.

'We lost by failing to stop them for long periods of time and too many turnovers on the offensive end,' Waiwaiole said. 'It was a game we could have won. It was a little frustrating.'

Gaston took some time off for the holidays but will return to action when it hosts the Gaston Holiday Tournament this weekend. The Hounds will open the tourney with a game against C.S. Lewis Academy on Friday at 8 p.m.

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