Lions split league games with Rex Putnam, Sandy
Lions give league leader Sandy fits in loss; hot third lifts them over Putnam
The St. Helens Lions had their moments against league leading Sandy on Friday night, including a frantic comeback in the fourth quarter, but in the end they found themselves with a 50-44 Northwest Oregon Conference loss.
It was ugly basketball, St. Helens Coach Jerry Allen said. Some of them have me baffled.
The Lions took the initiative at the start of the contest and held a 13-7 margin after one period. Sandy got the message and played near error-free ball in the second and third quarters.
The Lions found themselves down by as much as 14 points in the fourth, but then Tanner Long took the ball in hand to lead a comeback. During one 90-second stretch Long hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points. He had 15 in the quarter and led the game with 25. The Lions were within three points in the final two minutes of the contest, but Sandy got two free throws in the final 10 seconds to clinch the win. Sandy was 11 for 14 from the free throw line, and had the bonus in the final 6:30 of the game.
I think we got up on them and thought we got this, Sandy coach Jason Maki said. St. Helens deserves credit, though. They kept playing hard and they made some tough shots. That is what makes them a scary team.
Were just getting the ball to the wrong guys, Allen noted. Weve depended on some guys to score in the past, but they arent doing it. We have to get the ball to the guys that are scoring. Weve gotten so accustomed to losing (in the past) that when we get behind we tighten up. We keep waiting for the bottom to fall out.
These are some great young men and were working on it, Allen added. Were trying to teach them how to play the game the right way.
He felt the team should have won against Sandy, and also should have beaten Wilsonville a week earlier. He said its a learning process and a commitment process for the program. Sandy was happy to escape with a win.
On Tuesday last week the Lions earned a 60-41 victory over visiting Rex Putnam.
The game was a lot closer than the eventual 19-point margin. St. Helens had found itself down by five late in the first half, but buckets by Long and a free throw from Cody Galvin tied the game just before the break.
It was Long, the game's leading scorer, that put St. Helens back in front for good. He hit back-to-back threes and the Lions led 31-25. Long finished the game with 18. Galvin would follow with a three, and Nathan Hunter's deuce made it a 36-25 game. The Lions kept plugging away. They would have three more threes in the period, one by Gage Bumgardner and two by Jared Bonney. The Lions led 52-34 going into the fourth.
The win upped St. Helens to 2-3 in conference play, but they dropped to 2-4 with the loss to Sandy on Friday.
St. Helens hosted Liberty on Tuesday and Parkrose visits on Friday. The squad travels to Sherwood next Tuesday.
St. Helens 60, Rex Putnam 41
Rex Putnam 10 13 11 741
St. Helens 10 13 29 860
Rex Putnam (41)Koleh Mitchell 10, Spencer 9, O'Dell 7, Kristensson 6, Brown 5, Hager 4m Hamilton, McCarthy, Helmes, Foster, Vadelund.
St. Helens (60)Tanner Long 18, Jared Bonney 10, Galvin 9, Hunter 9, Bumgardner 7, West 4, Beisley 2, Dummer 1, Enyart.
Sandy 50, St. Helens 44
St. Helens 13 4 4 2344
Sandy 7 11 15 1750
St. Helens (44)Tanner Long 25, West 8, Hunter 4, Galvin 3, Dummer 2, Bonney 2, Beisley, Bumgardner, Jewett.
Sandy (50)Jacob Groom 20, Justin Admas 12, Rowe 5, Rynaksi 5, Short 4, Turin 2, Teneyek 2, Ford, McCrea, Robison.
Tuesday, Jan. 22
St. Helens 60, Putnam 41
Milwaukie 59, Sherwood 46
Sandy 59, Liberty 40
Parkrose 63, Wilsonville 60
Friday, Jan. 25
Sandy 50, St. Helens 44
Putnam 61, Liberty 56
Milwaukie 95, Parkrose 74
Wilsonville 43, Sherwood 40
Tuesday, Jan. 29
Liberty at St. Helens
Sherwood at Putnam
Sandy at Parkrose
Wilsonville at Milwaukie
Friday, Feb. 1
Parkrose at St. Helens
Sandy at Milwaukie
Putnam at Wilsonville
Sherwood at Liberty
Tuesday, Feb. 5
St. Helens at Sherwood
Liberty at Parkrose
Milwaukie at Putnam
Wilsonville at Sandy