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The Gladiators are impressive in their season openers

Gladstone High School's boys basketball team has made some noise in its 2013-14 season openers.

The Gladiators on Dec. 11 launched their 2013-14 campaign with a 46-45 upset of 2013 semifinalist Philomath.

And last weekend they handled Crook County 74-32 and Class 4A power Henley 51-46 to claim the championship of the Gladstone Hoop Holiday Tournament.

“I'm pleased,” said Gladstone coach Ted Yates. “Henley was undefeated and they are senior dominated, and Philomath is expected to do well again this year....

“We're ahead of where we were last year at this point. Last year we started out 0-3; this year we're 3-0. We're close to where we were when we ended the season last year.”

The Dec. 11 game with Philomath was a contest with wide swings in momentum. Gladstone led 17-6 at the end of the first period and 28-17 at the intermission. The Warriors battled back to close within two points, at 35-33, heading into the final period.

Gladstone senior forward Ryun Gibson hit a huge free throw with 9.5 seconds remaining to put Gladstone up by four. Philomath 6-4 senior guard Ben DeSaulnier (23 points) answered with a 3-pointer as time was winding down, but the Gladiators hung on for the 46-45 win.

Gibson (14 points) headed a Gladiator attack that saw eight players contribute to the winning tally.

The Gladiators took charge of Saturday's tournament championship game with Henley from the outset, rallying around their defense-based fastbreak to roll to a 19-11 lead in the first quarter and a 28-15 advantage by the halftime break.

The Gladiators got a little sloppy in the second half, with several unforced turnovers, allowing Henley to close to within three points with 1-1/2 minutes remaining. But the Hornets couldn't get any closer. Junior guard Sean Williams drained a couple of 3-pointers at crunch time to keep the Gladiators on top.

Gibson (14 points) and senior guards Trevor Browning (13 points) and Austin Galvin (10 points) led a balanced Gladiator offense.

Gibson played a strong game all around, claiming five rebounds and stealing the ball four times. Junior guard Sean Williams sparked the offense with four assists.

The Gladiators held the Hornets to 32 percent shooting (16-for-50) with their hard-nosed defense.

The Gladiators took no hostages in Friday's 74-32 rout of Crook County, rolling to a 26-6 advantage in the first quarter and coasting home from there.

Junior Andy Thompson headed the first-quarter assault, scoring 13 points and stealing the ball three times in the first quarter alone.

Thirteen Gladstone players put the ball in the basket, led by Galvin (14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals) and Gibson (12 points).

The Gladiators converted at a .500 clip (29-for-58) from the field, with six different players hitting 3-pointers. They forced 25 turnovers in the mismatch, which saw reserves with more time on the floor than the starters.

The Gladiators return home this Friday, when they entertain Stayton. Gladstone will play in a tournament at Cascade Dec. 27-28, opening with a 4 p.m. game with Elmira, a team that advanced to the final eight in Class 4A a year ago.

Last week was a tough week for Gladstone's girls basketball team. Gladstone coeds lost to Philomath, the No. 4-ranked team in Class 4A, 58-51 in overtime in their Dec. 11 opener.

They defeated Scappoose 37-32 on Friday, but got blown out by defending state champion Mazama 46-28 in Saturday night's final of the Gladstone Hoop Holiday.

They led Mazama 17-12 at the end of the first quarter, but then the wheels fell off, and they only scored 11 points the rest of the way. Ice-cold shooting proved the difference. The Gladiators found the basket on only 11-of-59 (.186) attempted field goals.

Alicia Feb (14 points) and Molly Webster (12 points) both scored in double figures in the overtime loss to Philomath.

Webster (9 points, 9 rebounds) led a balanced effort in the win over Scappoose. Jessica Petersen scored 11 points to lead the charge against Mazama.

Mikaela Simac (6 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals) played a strong game in the win over the Indians. Fiona Burrell blocked three shots.

Gladstone coeds entertain Class 5A Wilsonville this Thursday and they play host to Stayton at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. They vie in the Cascade tournament Dec. 27-28, playing Elmira at 2:30 p.m. in their tournament opener.

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