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St. Helens splits week, readies for play-ins

Lions hold off Rex Putnam; lose in OT at Sherwood; have play-in Saturday
by: John Brewington DUNK—St. Helens’ Jared Bonney goes up for the short shot during last Thursday’s game with Putnam.

fter a few losses in the previous couple of weeks, the St. Helens Lions righted the ship last week taking Sherwood into overtime and beating Rex Putnam.

The win over Putnam kept the Lions within range of a home play-in berth this week, depending on the outcome of their game with Sandy Tuesday. Whether at home or away, the game is slated for Saturday.

The Lions controlled Thursday's game with Rex Putnam most of the way, and were able to surge when they needed it the most-late in the third and early in the fourth periods.

St. Helens hit some critical three-pointers along the way, and ended the game with an impressive 10 treys.

Everything seemed quite in control for St. Helens three minutes into the third period with the Lions holding a 39-27 advantage when Jake Ramiskey dunked. However, Putnam went on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to just two points. Two threes by Brandon Underwood boosted the Lions, and then Ramiskey and Tanner Long hit threes at the end of the period. The Lions were up by seven going into the fourth.

The final frame belonged to Nathan Hunter underneath, the recipient of some dead-on passing, and hard-fought put backs. He would have eight points in the quarter. Long added another three as the Lions used a delay game to clinch the win.

Hunter led the Lions in scoring with 20 points, while Ramiskey, Jared Bonney, and Underwood were also in double figures.

Sherwood 65,

St. Helens 57 OT

The Lions held a narrow margin over Sherwood in each of the first three periods, but the Bowmen came back and knotted the score to send the game into overtime.

The Lions led by one after one period, had a two-point margin at halftime, and led by four going into the fourth period.

Sherwood would post an 18-10 advantage in overtime to earn the win.

Hunter again led St. Helens with 15 points, while Ramiskey and Bonney each added 10.

The split left the Lions tied with Sandy for fifth in the league and just one spot behind them in the rankings. Sandy was slated to host the Lions on Tuesday. The last time they met, St. Helens posted a one-point 45-44 win.

If the Lions can move up ahead of Sandy in the OSAA rankings, they would be eighth under the North-South play-in scheme. That would give them a home game. Their opponent would be Sandy, but teams are not supposed to face a league opponent in the play-in round. Liberty, Sandy, St. Helens, and Putnam are 21-23-24-26 in the rankings, but right next to each other in the North Division. Teams can move up or down two positions but it may not be possible because of their spots in the NWOC. That will be determined Wednesday.

The play-in round will be played Friday or Saturday night.

Scoring:

St. Helens 67, Rex Putnam 55

Putnam 9 13 24 9-55

St. Helens 16 17 20 14-67

Rex Putnam (55)-Deshawn Stephens 25, Dustin Bolander 12, Garrison 8, Smith 4, Mitchell 2, VanLeuven 2, Baker 2, Prescott, McCarthy.

St. Helens (67)-Nathan Hunter 20, Jake Ramiskey 13, Jared Bonney 10, Brandon Underwood 10, Long 9, Galvin 3, Beisley 2.

Sherwood 65, St. Helens 57

St. Helens 8 16 10 13 10-57

Sherwood 7 15 8 17 18-65

St. Helens (57)-Nathan Hunter 15, Jake Ramiskey 10, Jared Bonney 10, Beisley 8, Galvin 7, Underwood 5, Long 2.

Sherwood (65)-Dustin Crabtree 16, Alex Jones 15, Jordan Skoubo 13, Milligan 8, Gough 7, Anderson 5, Kurahara 1, Castaneda, Mauro.