They move a game up on Sandy through convincing wins over Putnam and Liberty

Milwaukie last week gained the inside track in the Northwest Oregon Conference boys basketball title chase.

Milwaukie and Sandy entered play last week tied for first place in the NWOC.

But while the Mustangs took care of business in games with Putnam (76-48) and Liberty (65-45), the Pioneers met defeat at Sherwood (49-43) on Friday.

The Mustangs (13-6, 9-1) entered play this week a game in front of Sandy (15-5, 8-2) and three games up on the next best teams in the conference with four league games remaining.

Milwaukie was to play St. Helens (12-8, 6-4) on Tuesday (Feb. 12). The Mustangs close out the regular season playing at Sherwood (11-8, 6-4) this Thursday, hosting Parkrose (4-15, 2-8) next Tuesday, and playing Sandy on the road on Thursday, Feb. 22.

Trevontae Anderson (18 points), Jazz Johnson (15 points) and Tre’Shann Stone (13 points) headed the Mustang attack in Milwaukie’s Feb. 5 win at Putnam.

Leading 18-13, the Mustangs put their cross-town rivals away in the second quarter, when they went on a 25-8 run.

Seniors Devin Hager and Bryant Brown scored 14 and 10 points respectively to lead Putnam.

The Mustangs had too many horses for the Falcons to keep pace with on Friday, as four Milwaukie players scored in double figures in the 65-45 win.

Richard Ramsey scored a season-high 15 points to lead the charge. The 5-11 senior burned the nets from long range, connecting on 4-of-5 attempts from 3-point land.

“They zoned us much of the game and gave us open shots, so we took them,” Milwaukie coach Kyle Bracy said. “We made seven 3-pointers, which is the most we’ve made all year.”

Johnson (14 points, 6 assists), Kendrick Bourne (12 points) and Stone (12 points) joined Ramsey in double digits in scoring.

Bourne fired up the Mustang offense in the second half with two thundering dunks.

Although they were in control through the entire game, the Mustangs struggled to contain Liberty 6-4 post Aaron Holman, who scored a game-high 24 points.

“They did a good job getting the ball inside to their big guy and he was awesome!” Bracy said. “He scored 15 of their 19 points in the first half.”

Putnam guys put another game in the win column on Friday, defeating the Parkrose Broncos for the second time this season, 62-59.

Drew O’Dell had a huge game for the Kingsmen, scoring a game-high 15 points. The 5-11 junior hit three 3-pointers in the first half to lead the Kingsmen to a 42-28 advantage at the intermission, and he hit 4-of-4 free throws inside the final 1-1/2 minutes of play to lead the Kingsmen to victory.

The Kingsmen (3-15, 3-7) return to the hardcourt this Thursday, hosting St. Helens (12-8, 6-4).

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