Lions win one of two on week
St. Helens loses league opener despite 34 fourth quarter points
The St. Helens Lions finished their pre-league season with an easy 52-33 win over McNary, and stayed close at times against Milwaukie to open Northwest Oregon Conference play.
Despite missing three players from the varsity for the game against McNary, the Lions broke open the contest in the second half and ran away with a win. Brandon Underwood scored 16 and Cody Galvin 14 in the victory.
Underwood was a deadeye shooter against Milwaukie in the fourth period, canning 18 points. He hit four three-pointers in the second half and had another in the first half for five in the game. His last three came right at the buzzer. He was the game's leading scorer with 29 points. Galvin was again the second leading scorer for the Lions with 15.
'We still have a lot of work to do,' St. Helens coach Jerry Allen said. 'We didn't really handle the pressure (against Milwaukie) as well as we need to do in league. We don't play defense the way that we are capable of. As we learn it, it will start to unfold and be contagious.'
Allen said his sophomore point guard, Tanner Long, was doing a good job, and working hard. He said if others start working as hard as he is the team will start to do well.
St. Helens had stayed fairly close with Milwaukie in the first half and pulled within one with three minutes to play in the third period. The Mustangs then went on a 12-2 run for a 49-38 lead.
It might have seemed over, but the Lions would whittle the lead down to just four with 2:51 to go in the contest. Consecutive threes by Tanner Long and Underwood cut the margin. Each time the Lions looked like the might close in, the Mustangs would surge again to up the lead. The three at the buzzer by Underwood was the closest margin since late in the third.
The Lions hosted Wilsonville on Tuesday night and travel to Parkrose this Friday. This coming Tuesday they host Sherwood.
St. Helens 52, McNary 33
St. Helens 8 5 20 19-52
McNary 6 9 7 11-33
St. Helens (52)-Brandon Underwood 16, Cody Galvin 14, Corey West 10, Bumgardner 4, Loeks 4, Macedo 2, Beisley 2, Long.
McNary (33)-Nick McDonald 12, Joshua Burgess 10, Montano 2, Memiode 2, Doutt 2, Fletchall 2, Robinett, Mutogno, McCowan.
Milwaukie 74, St. Helens 72
Milwaukie 15 14 18 25-74
St. Helens 12 14 12 34-72
Milwaukie (74)-Keynan Middleton 17, Henry Morris 14, Michone Hopkins 13, Daschel-Lloyd 8, Hubbard 5, Spencer 5, Gonzales 4, Charapata 4, Wilkins.
St. Helens (72)-Brandon Underwood 29, Cody Galvin 15, Tanner Long 12, Ramiskey 4, Loeks 3, Macedo 3, Beisley 3, Hunter 2, Bonney 1.