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Boys' Basketball: Lions fall in Barlow Trail opener

Balanced scoring from Grants Pass breaks down the Lion zone-defense


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Senior guard Tanner Long looks to score midway through the fourth quarter. Though he led the team with eight in the first half, Long was held scoreless in the second as the Lions came up short for the second contest in a row. The teams combined for six points in the final four minutes of the game. Midway through the third quarter, St. Helens (2-2) looked like they might have some fire left for a run. A few back-to-back buckets helped the Lions keep pace with Grants Pass (8-1) after a rough opening half, but a sluggish fourth quarter kept St. Helens scoreless for the first several minutes of the period, and the Cavemen cruised to a 43-23 victory.

by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Devon Jewett shields the ball from prying hands during the second half of Thursday's loss to Grants Pass. The Lions struggled to make headway against the Cavemen, who had a pair of players over 6-foot-six.Senior guard Tanner Long, dubbed “the Rain Man” after a pair of three-pointers in the first quarter, finished with eight points in the loss, which drops the Lions to .500 after their second consecutive loss. Senior post Corey West scored all five of his points in the fourth quarter, including a three-point play to break a long stalemate for the Lions. Adam Spencer and Devon Jewett also finished with five points for St. Helens.

Senior forward Micah Johnson, who stands at 6-foot-six, scored ten points to lead Grants Pass, including all six of the Cavemen points in the final frame. JC McKinley had eight points.

St. Helens will take the court against Benson on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. Benson (2-6) is fresh off a 44-40 loss to Aloha in which the Techmen lost a double digit lead down the stretch.

SUMMARY

St. Helens 32

Grants Pass 43

SHL 6 8 10 8

GPC 13 13 11 6

St. Helens 32 - Long 8, West 5, Spencer 5, Jewett 5, Bumgardner 3, Teyema 3, Poorman 3

Grants Pass 43 - Johnson 10, Luther 9, McKinley 8, Meadows 4, Brennan 4, Brooks 3, Cotton 3, Ryan 3

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