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La Salle tangles St. Helens

Falcons take Northwest Oregon Conference win


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Quintin Galvin (30) attempts a layup between La Salle junior center Matthew Berger (11) and junior forward Ange Toku (5).St. Helens' Northwest Oregon Conference struggles continued against visiting La Salle Prep on Tuesday night.

The Lions, who have faced top-ranked Wilsonville, No. 4 Liberty and No. 8 Putnam in the early going, could not match the 14th-ranked Falcons' height.

Six-foot-three junior forward Christian Burns scored 16 points for La Salle (5-9 overall, 3-3 Northwest Oregon). Six-foot-seven junior center and returning all-conference second-teamer Matthew Berger scored 13 points. Senior guard Joe Boyd scored 12 points.

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

Quintin Galvin scored 13 points for the Lions (3-10, 1-4 Northwest Oregon) and Ryan Ward scored seven points.

The Falcons led 21-7 after a quarter.

St. Helens came out firing against visiting Putnam on Friday, Jan.15, but fell 73-48.

"We got off to a fast start and we had the energy," 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 Lions can match their highest win total since 2013 when they play at Milwaukie at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

The 12th-ranked Mustangs have won three of the last four meetings.

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).

La Salle Prep 66, St. Helens 35

LS 21 17 14 14 -- 66

SH 7 15 2 11 -- 35

LS -- Burns 16, Berger 13, Boyd 12, Lyver 7, Robertson 6, Toku 4, Bosco 4, Niebergall 2, Reyes 2. Totals 19 10-16 66.

SH -- Quintin Galvin 13, Ryan Ward 7, Bishop Martin 4, Jacob 4, Kyle 3, Bryce 2, Drake 2. Totals 12 7-16 35.

3-point goals -- LS 6 (Robertson 2, Boyd 2, Berger, Lyver); SH 4 (Galvin 3, Ward). Total fouls -- LS 14; SH 20. Fouled out -- Galvin, Lyver.