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No. 5 Putnam pulls away from St. Helens

Knights outscore Lions 22-9 in second quarter

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Bryce Mulcahy (32) and Drake Dow led the Lions with 11 points each.The St. Helens boys' basketball team just passed through the teeth of its Northwest Oregon Conference schedule.

Hosting top-ranked Wilsonville and No. 5 Putnam in the span of four days -- and having already played Class 6A-ready Liberty -- is rough, but the league season is young.

The Lions came out firing but fell 73-48 to Putnam on Friday in St. Helens.

"We got off to a fast start and we had the energy," St. Helens coach Jordan Massinger said. "I told them to come into this game ready: Kyle Ruege came up and drained a 3-pointer and we got up 5-0."

The Knights (8-5 overall, 3-2 Northwest Oregon) turned up the pressure to outscore the Lions 22-9 in the second quarter.

Ruege led St. Helens (3-9, 1-3) with 14 points. Bryce Mulcahy and Drake Dow scored 11 points each.

Putnam senior wing Ethan Watzig put in 19 points as he made five of his team's nine 3-pointers. Jake Krauss stacked 16 points, and senior returning honorable mention wing Joe Jesse came away with 15 points.

The Knights have won the last three meetings.

"[Tough games] get us ready for the rest of the season," Massinger said. "We need to play team basketball, and we need to know we're a lot of fun to watch."

The Lions can match their highest win total since 2013 when they host La Salle Prep at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday in St. Helens.

Putnam 73, St. Helens 48

P 16 22 25 10 -- 73

SH 14 9 12 13 -- 48

P -- Ethan Watzig 19, Jake Krauss 16, Joe Jesse 15, Jake Hamilton 7, Alex Reese 6, Michial Voltaire 4, Jake Halladin 3, Trey Wolfram 3. Totals 18-23 73.

SH -- Kyle Ruege 14, Bryce Mulcahy 11, Drake Dow 11, Quintin Galvin 3, Dylan Brady 2, Bishop Martin 2, Jacob Falk 2, Devin McCall 2, Matt Medina 1. Totals 19 10-15 48.

3-point goals -- P 9 (Watzig 5, Krauss 2, Reese, Wolfram); SH 2 (Ruege, Mulcahy). Total fouls -- P 13; SH 17. Technical fouls -- SH (coach Jordan Massinger ejected).