Liberty Falcons win with charity

Milwaukie’s boys basketball team split in Northwest Oregon Conference games last week, dropping a home game to Liberty 58-51 on Friday, after taking care of business in a 56-48 win over St. Helens earlier in the week.

Milwaukie used a strong team game and sharp shooting from downtown to put St. Helens away on Jan. 21.

The Mustangs had assists on 17 of their 21 baskets and they connected with 6-for-13 success from 3-point land.

Four different Mustangs hit 3-pointers, led by Aaron Wenger (8 points, two 3-pointers) and Vasily Voznyuk (8 points, two 3-pointers, 3 assists).

Tyler Spencer (13 points, 3 assists), Logan Anderson (12 points), Grant Loudon (9 points, 4 assists, 9 rebounds) and Wesley Johnson (6 points, 3 assists, 8 rebounds) also made major contributions in a balanced offense.

The Mustangs had only seven turnovers in the game.

Spencer headed the defensive effort with four steals.

Nursing only a 3-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, the Mustangs executed well at crunch time.

Free throws proved the difference in Friday’s loss to the Falcons. Liberty players cashed in on 22-of-38 attempted charity tosses, while the Mustangs went 4-for-7 from the line.

“I’m not going to blame the loss on the officials,” said Milwaukie coach Scott Bays. “Liberty got to the line by attacking the basket.... We need to do a better job of blocking out....

“The turning point came in the fourth quarter. We were down by one, we didn’t block out and we gave up some second-chance points — plus we turned the ball over.”

Spencer (12 points, 6 assists), Loudon (10 points, 5 assists), Voznyuk (10 points) and Wesley Johnson (8 points) headed a balanced offensive effort in the loss.

Blake Walker (19 points), a 6-3 sophomore post, and 5-9 sophomore point guard Koby Alvarado (11 points) paced the Falcons in scoring.

With the win, Liberty improved to 3-1 in the NWOC (9-5 overall). Milwaukie slipped to 2-2 (3-10 overall) with the loss.

The Mustangs host the struggling Parkrose Broncos (1-12, 1-3) this Friday. Parkrose put its first game in the win column last Friday, winning 82-69 at Putnam.

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