No. 5 Putnam pulls away from St. Helens
Knights outscore Lions 22-9 in second quarter
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).