Lions top Broncos; but Sandy tough
Sandy threes prove fatal; Parkrose folds in the end
The St. Helens Lions may have kept Parkrose in the game a bit too long Friday, but in the end they posted a 57-38 win to clinch a home play-in berth this week against Summit.
On Tuesday night the Lions didnt really play poorly, they just couldnt keep pace with some dead-eye shooting by Sandy, losing 69-50.
Nathan Hunter led the Lions in the Parkrose win with 16 points, all of them in the first three quarters. Jared Bonney had a dunk and also hit double figures with 12 in the contest.
St. Helens kept building on their lead as the game wore on, but led only 28-18 at the half. They added another 10 points to that with a 13-3 third quarter, but let Parkrose back in a bit in the fourth before putting them away.
Against Sandy, the Lions were thinking upset going into the game, after having played Sandy tough in their last meeting. And St. Helens did lead by a point after one quarter. Sandy took a six point lead by halftime, and then put the Lions away in the second half.
I was very disappointed, St. Helens Coach Jerry Allen said after the contest. We got hurt on our rotations and it hurt not having Tanner (Long) in the second half. We have to learn how to compete.
Allen didnt want to talk too much about the officiating, but noted it was his first technical foul hed received, and said it was intentional. He felt that Sandy had been getting something of a pass on the foul calls that were being made on St. Helens.
They were getting a distinct advantage, Allen said. Im not making excuses, it just seemed a little lopsided.
Sandy hardly missed a shot in the third and much of the fourth period. They hit 11 treys in the contest, including two in the third and three in the fourth.
We didnt stay home on some of their shooters, Allen said, and that allowed Sandy free rein to fire away.
St. Helens had fought their way back to just a six-point deficit with three minutes to go in the third, but Sandy hit seven quick points. They added two more on the technical at the end of the period. The Lions trailed 50-38 going into the fourth. While Devon Jewett made two threes for the Lions, Sandy hit three straight to virtually put the game away, 61-46 with four minutes to go.
The game didnt hurt the Lions in the rankings. Sandy is ranked 8th and the Lions stayed at 14th.
With their win over Parkrose, the Lions finished 15th, giving them a home game on Tuesday this week with Summit.
Should the Lions win, they will be on the road Friday, but it wasnt clear at press time whom they would play. The pairings are determined by rankings. Foes could range from No. 1 Churchill to No. 4 Mountain View. Jefferson and Silverton are No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.
St. Helens finished tied with Wilsonville for fourth in the Northwest Oregon Conference. Sherwood was third, a game ahead, but behind the Lions in the rankings. Milwaukie was first and Sandy second.
St. Helens 57, Parkrose 38
St. Helens 12 16 13 1657
Parkrose 9 9 3 1738
St. Helens (57)Nathan Hunter 16, Jared Bonney 12, Long 9, Beisley 5, West 5, Bumgardner 4, Spencer 3, Helgerson 2, C. Galvin 1, Dummer, Q. Galvin.
Parkrose (38)Fletcher 9, Sarid 7, Boland 7, Hurlic 6, Tokelau 4, Lindsey 3, ONeal 2, Edwards, Vandermeer.
Sandy 69, St. Helens 50
Sandy 11 21 18 1969
St. Helens 12 14 12 1250
Sandy (69)Jacob Groom 17, Blake Robison 12, Justin Adams 10, Short 9, Ford 9, Rowe 7, Rynaski 2, McCrea, TenEyck.
St. Helens (50)Nathan Hunter 11, Beisley 9, Bonney 9, Jewett 9, West 3, C. Galvin 3, Dummer 2, Q. Galvin, Bumgardner, Spencer.