Gaston is still trying to recover from the loss of senior David Carr to an injury
by: Chase Allgood Gaston senior Dusty Brown coasts in for a layup during last Friday’s 46-41 league loss to Portland Christian.

Playing without one of its best all-around players, the Gaston boys basketball team split its first two Northwest League games of the new year, winning a close decision against Neah-Kah-Nie last Tuesday, then losing a close one against Portland Christian on Friday.

And so it goes for the Greyhounds, who have split their six games since senior David Carr went down with a foot injury last month. Carr, a dynamic 6-foot-4 forward and one of the team's leading scorers, will likely be out until the end of the month, and the Hounds are still scrambling to fill his shoes.

After splitting with Vernonia and Faith Bible in a pair of league games before winter break, Gaston split two more at the Gervais Cougar Classic on Dec. 27-28, losing 52-50 to Clatskanie in the opening round before rallying to finish in third place with a 68-34 win over Nestucca the next day.

Last week was more of the same, with the up-and-down Greyhounds posting a 58-53 victory over Neah-Kah-Nie on Tuesday only to follow it with a 46-41 loss to Portland Christian on Friday.

The upside for Gaston is that three of its next four games come against Riverdale, Delphian and Knappa, which all currently reside at the bottom of the Northwest League standings. Gaston's other opponent during that stretch is Nestucca, the same team the Hounds beat by 34 points at the Gervais tournament two weeks ago.

If Gaston can hold serve until Carr returns to the court, the Hounds look to have a very good shot at returning to the playoffs following last year's breakthrough campaign.

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