Milwaukie guys win by 10 at Wilsonville
Also: The Mustangs hammer cross-town rival Putnam
Their super tough preseason schedule paid dividends for Milwaukies boys basketball team on Jan. 8, as the then 17th-ranked Mustangs knocked off eighth-ranked Wilsonville, winning 57-47 at Wilsonville, in their Northwest Oregon Conference boys basketball opener.
It was only the third loss in 11 games for the Wildcats, who tied Milwaukie for the NWOC championship in 2011 and 2012. Wilsonville fell to 10th-ranked Silverton 43-36 on Dec. 12 and to Thurston (60-58 in overtime) on Dec. 29. Thurston is ranked tenth in Class 6A.
It wasnt until the fourth quarter that the Mustangs put the Wildcats away. Milwaukie trailed 22-21 at halftime and the Mustangs were up 36-35 at the end of the third stanza.
Junior TreShann Stone played a pivotal role in last weeks win, scoring a team-high 21 points. The 6-1 guard connected on 8-of-10 shots from the floor and he hit a pair of 3-pointers.
Sophomore guard Jazz Johnson sparked the Mustang offense with five assists.
Senior wing Kendrick Bourne anchored the defense with five steals. Senior post Henry Morris rejected three shots.
The Mustangs continued tough last Friday, when they hammered cross-town rival Putnam 57-40.
The game was over at halftime, as the Mustangs built a 35-16 lead in the first two periods.
Defense was pivotal to breaking the game open. The Mustangs stole the ball 19 times and they blocked no fewer than 13 shots.
Jazz Johnson (18 points on 7-for-9 shooting, 3 assists) and Aubrey Daschel-Lloyd (10 assists) headed Milwaukies offense.
C.J. Hubbard rejected three shots; Richard Ramsey came up with four steals.
Milwaukie post Henry Morris had nine rebounds and four steals.
Kolleh Mitchell (17 points) was the only Kingsman in double figures in scoring.
Milwaukie (6-5, 2-0) has a home game with Liberty (6-6, 1-1) this Friday, while Putnam (0-10, 0-2) plays Parkrose (3-9, 0-2) on the road.