With their sixth consecutive loss in league play, the chances of St. Helens making the playoffs have continued to dwindle
The St. Helens boys' basketball team has certainly had their fair share of close games. They lost by one point in double overtime to Willamette, and dropped a seven point contest to Centennial. Against Sherwood, they led at halftime, but couldn't hang on.
That painful streak continued on Tuesday. The Lions lost another heartbreaker, this time losing in dramatic fashion, 55-54 to Milwaukie on the home court.
St. Helens actually trailed after the first period by five, but a big run in the second period brought the home team to within two at halftime. Play was even through the third quarter, and though the Lions started to get things rolling in the fourth, a late push from the Mustangs was able to help the Broncos hold on and survive a trip to St. Helens.
Seniors Corey West and Tanner Long led the team in scoring, finishing with 15 and 14 points respectively. However, the senior duo combined to shoot 12-31. Fellow seniors Devon Jewett, Adam Spencer and Michael Enyart, who returned from an injury to his ankle, were just 2-12.
Offsetting an excellent evening in ball security with just ten turnovers, only two Lions had solid shooting nights. St. Helens got efficient contributions from Gage Bumgardner, who had seven points on 3-5 shooting, and Cody Teyema, who was 3-5 from downtown for nine points.
Including the trip-up on the road to Wilsonville on Feb. 14, St. Helens has lost six in a row after snapping up their first win in league play. That loss came in spite of a big game from Long, who had 17 points to lead the Lions, and unlike the loss to Milwaukie, almost everything came from inside the arc. West contributed eight points, making both of his field goal attempts and hitting four of five from the charity stripe.
St. Helens had another shot at lowly Rex Putnam, who has lost their last 19 consecutive games, on Thursday evening, but the result was after the press deadline. They will visit Sandy on Feb. 25 before closing out the season at home against Parkrose, and while the road game against No. 10 Sandy will be a tough match up, the Lions have a chance to pick up wins in two of their last three games down the stretch.
At this point in the season, even winning all three of their remaining games would likely still see the Lions fall short of making the playoffs as a wild-card team.
Milwaukie 55, St. Helen 54
MILW 18 8 12 17 – 55
STHE 13 11 12 18 – 54
St. Helens (54): Long 14, Spencer, Poorman, Helgerson 4, Jewett 2, Bumgardner 7, Enyart 3, Teyema 9, West 15
Wilsonville 48, St. Helens 35
STHE 3 2 10 20 – 35
WILS 9 9 19 11 – 48
St. Helens (38): Long 17, Spencer 2, Poorman, Helgerson 2, Jewett, Bumgardner 3, Enyart 1, Galvin 2, Teyema, West 8