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Freshman lights them up for the Kingsmen


David Vasquez burns the nets for 30 points in a 65-62 win at Woodburn

Freshman David Vasquez turned a few heads in Putnam’s boys basketball opener Friday night at Woodburn, scoring a game-high 30 points in a 65-62 win over the Bulldogs.

A 6-0 point guard, Vasquez also had 10 assists and six rebounds.

“He’s a very, very talented young man,” said Putnam coach Gregg Griffin. “And he’s just scratching the surface of his ability. I don’t know that he’s going to score 30 points every game this season, but he’s going to do a lot of scoring.”

Vasquez was money for the Kingsmen at crunch time, scoring 15 points in the fourth quarter, including 9-of-11 free throws — earning the trips to the charity stripe when he was fouled on drives to the basket.

Putnam 6-1 senior wing Calvin Spencer was huge for the Kingsmen in the third period, when they out-scored their hosts 18-8 to rally from a 36-30 halftime deficit. Spencer scored 10 of his 18 points in the period, including two momentum-building 3-pointers.

The Kingsmen play Class 6A Gresham on the road next Tuesday. They vie in a tournament at Lakeridge Dec. 20-22.

The youthful Milwaukie Mustangs played Class 6A Westview in their season opener and gave the Wildcats a run for their money in a 53-47 loss.

Milwaukie senior Tyler Spencer was at the top of his game, scoring a game-high 21 points.

“We were scrappy,” said Milwaukie coach Scott Bays. “I like how hard they worked. They kept fighting and didn’t give up. We just need to take care of the ball a little better and knock down some shots. We got a lot of open looks, but couldn’t convert.”

Bays said his Mustangs hurt their cause early on with turnovers, committing 13 in the first quarter alone.

The Mustangs meet Class 6A Tualatin on the road next Tuesday.