Tenison Woods College overpowers St. Helens
Titans outscore Lions 30-15 in fourth quarter
The St. Helens boys' basketball team could not overcome Tenison Woods College (Mt. Gambier, Australia) on Monday in St. Helens.
The Titans won 85-67.
Tenison Woods outscored the Lions (1-1 overall) 30-15 to close the game as Titans senior guard Stephen Sochacki scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter.
The Titans led by as many as 19 points.
"We started to make a comeback, but they controlled the boards and boxed out our best rebounders [Bryce Mulcahy and me]," said Dylan Brady, who scored 10 points.
Kyle Ruege scored 16 points for St. Helens. Bishop Martin added 11 points, and Quintin Galvin and Ryan Ward put in 10 points.
"We didn't have the extra effort we needed to box out and rebound," Lions coach Jordan Massinger said. "Against Scappoose we fought [as the Lions won their home opener 81-73], but tonight we didn't have that energy."
Senior guard Josh Jenner led the Titans with 23 points. Junior forward Luke Black went for 22 points.
Ruege scored 12 points on four second-quarter three-pointers to help St. Helens take a 40-39 halftime lead.
"They're wonderful kids and they're a wonderful program and when you have team dinner and comaraderie it's fun, but we gave them 25 offensive rebounds and they scored on almost all of them," Massinger said. "We got down on some of the calls that the refs made."
Tenison Woods is on a 25-day, 10-game tour of Washington, Oregon and California. This year is the academy's sixth such trip.
Upon the Titans' arrival, St. Helens and Tenison Woods spent Sunday touring downtown Portland, visiting Voodoo Doughnuts and Mod Pizza and playing video games. The Titans visited Woodinville, Auburn and Tacoma, Wash., prior to St. Helens, and will venture next to Sacramento, Calif.
The Lions are scheduled to play at Class 4A Tillamook at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Tenison Woods College 85, St. Helens 67
TWC 21 18 16 30 -- 85
SH 16 24 12 15 -- 67
TWC: Josh Jenner 23, Luke Black 22, Stephen Sochacki 21, Jonah Grimes 10, Liam Beckman 3, Brad Close 3, Todd Lockwood 3. Totals 29 21-31 85.
SH: Kyle Ruege 16, Bishop Martin 11, Quintin Galvin 10, Ryan Ward 10, Dylan Brady 10, Drake Dow 4, Bryce Mulcahy 3, Kahler Inskeep 2, Nathan White 1. Totals 24 11-18 67.