St. Helens gives up a pair of halftime leads, falling further behind in the race for the post season
It seems the lack of a finishing touch remains a frustrating specter for the St. Helens boys' basketball team, as the program kicked off their week by losing in heartbreaking fashion on back-to-back nights. The Lions gave up a 29-27 halftime lead to No. 8 Sherwood on Tuesday night, falling 53-46 at home. On the very next evening, St. Helens failed to hang on to a 21-18 halftime advantage, surrendering 53-48 on the road at Parkrose for their fourth loss in succession.
In both cases, the Lions used a big second quarter to recover from a slow start. Senior guard Tanner Long had 11 first-half points for St. Helens in the game with Sherwood, helping to spark a 21-point surge in the second period, which propelled the Lions into the break.
However, it wouldn't last. Sherwood (14-3, 7-1) came storming back, outscoring the Lions by nine in the third period and cruising to the win.
The Bowmen's victory came in spite of a huge all-around game from Long, who finished with 19, including a tip-in at the final buzzer. Long went 2-3 from long range and pulled down a team-best eight rebounds, but was one of only two players in double figures.
Quintin Galvin, who has assumed much of the point guard duties with the loss of senior Michael Enyart for the time being, finished with 10 points and was perfect from the free-throw line.
The culprit, in addition to simply being outrun on the break by Sherwood, was turnovers once again. St. Helens coughed up the ball 22 times, often leading to a Bowmen layup.
On the very next night, it was a similar story against Parkrose. The Broncos (2-16, 2-7 NWOC) are without their head coach, who quit earlier this season after being forced to forfeit the first five games of the year. Parkrose had lost seven straight before beating Putnam on Jan. 24, and dropped four more before meeting St. Helens.
As was the case against Sherwood, Long led St. Helens from the field yet again. The Lions rallied back from a six-point first-quarter deficit to take a three-point halftime lead. Both teams exploded in the third period, combining for 38 points, but the Lions retained a slim, 39-38 lead heading to the fourth.
For the first several minutes, it looked like St. Helens might come out unscathed. The two teams battled back and forth, eventually knotting things up at 44-all.
That's when the Broncos took full control, going on a 9-4 run to finish the game, taking the edge off a fantastic performance by Long. The senior leader finished with three rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and just one turnover to go along with his team-high 18 points.
Senior Cody Teyema added 10 points for the Lions, including 2-4 from three-point range.
Note: A minor scuffle resulted in one St. Helens fan leaving the gym before police arrived. The Lions were escorted from the building following the game, according to St. Helens Athletics Director Cyndy Miller.
Parkrose 53, St. Helens 48
STHE 8 13 18 9
PARK 14 4 20 15
St. Helens (48): Long 18, Spencer 2, Poorman 2, Helgerson 6, Jewett 2, Bumgardner 4, Galvin, Teyema 10, West 4
No. 8 Sherwood 53, St. Helens 46
SHER 12 15 16 10 – 53
STHE 8 21 7 10 – 46
St. Helens (46): Long 19, Spencer, Poorman 3, Helgerson 2, Jewett, Bumgardner, Galvin 10, Alcazar, Teyema 6, Ruege, West 4