Milwaukie remains unbeaten in the NWOC

The Milwaukie Mustangs continued on track in Northwest Oregon Conference boys basketball last week, upping their conference record to 4-0 (8-5 overall) with wins over St. Helens (71-56) and Liberty (74-40). Sandy (11-3, 4-0) was the only other team still unbeaten in conference through play last week.

Milwaukie coach Kyle Bracy says that last Friday’s trouncing of Liberty was one of his charges’ best games of the year.

“We had 18 assists and only nine turnovers,” Bracy said. “Offensively, it was our best game. It’s the first time we’ve had more than 11 assists.

“We had four guys in double figures and another a point away. The kids are doing a good job sharing the basketball and playing as a team, which is what we’ve been trying to do all season.”

Senior Trevontae Anderson had a big night against Liberty. The 6-0 wing scored a team-high 15 points, connecting with 6-for-9 success from the field. He also had three assists and three steals, and he hit one 3-point basket.

“It was a big game for Trevontae,” Bracy said. “Normally he comes off the bench, but he started because we’ve got a guy hurt and a couple of other guys who weren’t there. He stepped up and did a real nice job.”

Bracy noted that 6-9 senior post Henry Morris missed the Liberty game after suffering a broken finger early in the contest with St. Helens.

“Henry will be out 2-1/2 weeks,” Bracy said on Saturday. “We’ll miss his rebounding and his shot-blocking.”

Other top point-getters in the rout of Liberty included: Tyler Spencer (13 points), Jazz Johnson (11 points), C.J. Hubbard (11 points) and Tre-Shann Stone (9 points).

Hubbard, like Anderson, played a strong game all-around, with six assists, five steals, six rebounds and two 3-point baskets.

Aubrey Daschel-Lloyd stole the ball five times and served up three assists.

Led by Daschel-Lloyd (2 blocks) and Thomas Nisbett (2 blocks), five different Milwaukie players had blocked shots.

Nursing only a 26-24 lead at halftime, the Mustangs made some adjustments and pulled away from St. Helens en route to a 71-56 win at St. Helens on Jan. 15.

“We switched up our press to more of a man-press and put pressure on the ball,” Bracy said.

The Mustangs outscored the Lions 30-14 in the pivotal third period, when they turned a plethora of St. Helens turnovers into fast-break buckets at the other end of the floor. Hubbard and Johnson both stole the ball twice during the run.

The Mustangs had balanced scoring, led by Stone (21 points), Spencer (18 points) and Johnson (15 points). Spencer was a hot-handed 7-of-9 from the field.

Daschel-Lloyd sparked the offense with eight assists.

Hubbard headed up the defense, stealing the sphere six times.

A BIG day for Putnam

Last Friday was a big day for Putnam boys basketball, as the Kingsmen won 51-49 at Parkrose. It was the first win of the season for the Kingsmen (1-11, 1-3).

“We played well a half against Sherwood (a 58-35 loss),” said Putnam coach Gregg Griffin. “We played well in spurts against Sandy (a 55-41 loss), and we played good enough to win at Parkrose. We’ve reorganized and we’re getting better every day. If we keep playing together as a team, there are some other teams in this league that we can beat.”

Griffin praised seniors Kolleh Mitchell and Bryant Brown for standout play in the Parkrose game.

“Kolleh Mitchell played point guard and he did a great job running the show,” Griffin said. “Bryant Brown did a great job on the boards. He must have had at least 10 rebounds.”

The Kingsmen started their Jan. 15 game with Sandy like a house afire. They led the eighth-ranked Pioneers 21-16 at halftime, but struggled to find the basket after the break.

Iceland exchange student Throstur Kristensson (14 points) and junior Calvin Spencer (11 points) paced the Kingsmen in scoring.

Senior wing Jacob Groom (17 points) and 6-7 senior post Justin Adams (16 points) were the top point-getters for the Pioneers (11-3, 4-0).

The Kingsmen have been without their top scorer, second-team all-league wing Deshawn Stephens, since a Dec. 27 game with Woodburn. Putnam coach Gregg Griffin says that Stephens has quit the team.

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