Coach Yates says hes happy with his charges effort and with their defensive play
Gladstone High Schools boys basketball team turned in an impressive showing over the weekend, after dropping a 57-54 heartbreaker to Tillamook earlier in the week.
The fourth-ranked Gladiators bounced Sisters 49-24 on Saturday, after breezing by Banks 57-34 on Friday.
The 24 points was Sisters lowest scoring game of the year; the only other time that Banks was held to as few as 34 points this season was on Dec. 13, when the Braves got blown out by La Salle, 70-34.
Saturdays win put the Gladiators at 9-2 in preseason. They begin Tri-Valley Conference league play next Tuesday at La Salle (9-2). La Salle and Gladstone were ranked second and fourth respectively in the OSAA Class 4A RPI rankings heading into this weeks preseason finals.
We still have some things we need to work on, said Gladstone coach Ted Yates. But Im pleased with our progress. These guys are very coachable. We challenge them in practice and they respond. I know I can count on them to give their all. They play hard and play good defense every time out....
Its going to be a competitive league, but I still see us as one of the top three teams in league.
The Gladiators played some of their best defense of the year in last weekends games. They led Sisters 26-14 at halftime and the outlaws had only scored 17 points when Yates called off the dogs with four minutes to play. Led by Austin Galvin (4 steals), the Gladiators forced a season-high 37 turnovers in that game.
Ryun Gibson (10 points) led a balanced offense that saw 10 Gladiators score.
The Gladiators led Banks 32-15 at halftime and they held the Braves to 31 percent shooting (13-for-41).
Galvin (9 points) and Handsome Smith (9 points) led a balanced offense that saw 10 Gladstone players score.
Smith played a strong game all-around, with six assists, six rebounds and five steals.
Its bricksville from charity
Missed free throws proved costly in the Gladiators 57-24 loss at Tillamook on Jan. 7.
It was one of the best games weve played in awhile, said Yates. We beat them in just about every category, except free throws.... We were up by five to 10 points most of the game. We went into a quiet delay with about three minutes left, but we couldnt make free throws. We did everything right except shoot free throws.
The Gladiators were 11-of-22 from the free throw line for the game, while the Cheesemakers made 15-of-16 charity tosses.
The Gladiators had four players score in double figures Handsome Smith (12 points), Trevor Browning (11 points), Ryan Fowler (11 points) and Ryun Gibson (11 points). Browning was 5-of-7 from the field.
Smith and Austin Galvin led the Gladiators to a 32-27 advantage on the backboards. They also sparked the offense with eight assists between them.
The Gladiators had six fewer turnovers than their hosts and they made three more field goals.
Six-foot-three senior Matt Strang (16 points) and 6-2 junior Trent Meyer (15 points) headed the attack for the Cheesemakers. It was only the second loss in nine games for the Gladiators. Unheralded Tillamook improved to 6-4 with the win.
A tough week for Glad gals
Last week was a tough week for Gladstones girls basketball team. The Gladiators dropped two of three games, losing to Lebanon and Tillamook, two of the top programs in the state.
The Gladiators lost to Lebanon, the No. 2-ranked team in Class 5A, 58-46 on Thursday; and they lost 25-20 at Banks, the 11th-ranked team in Class 4A, on Friday. They took care of business earlier in the week, dispatching with Tillamook 51-23.
Im happy with the big improvement weve made defensively, said Gladstone coach Pat Scott. We played Lebanon tough most of the way. Theyre ranked second in the state in 5A and theyve got a post who I believe is the best high school post in Oregon this year; Banks is a strong 4A team and their coach told me we defended their high-low game as good as anyone theyve played this season.... Most times when you hold a good team to just 25 points in their house, youre going to win the game.
The Gladiators trailed Lebanon by just a point at halftime. But they struggled to contain Idaho 6-3 signee Jenna Morch, who burned the bets for 34 points.
The game with Banks was a three-point game most of the way. Gladstone would have likely come out on top had it not been for an abysmal night of shooting. Fiona Burrell tied her season high with 14 points on perfect 5-for-5 shooting. But the rest of the team combined to make only 2-of-25 shots from the floor.
Mikaela Simac had five steals in the losing effort.
Leading 18-8, the Gladiators put Tillamook away in the third quarter, when they outscored the Cheesemakers 20-4.
Shots we were missing in the first half started to drop, said Scott.
Molly Webster led the way against Tillamook, scoring a game-high 20 points on 6-for-12 shooting with three 3-pointers. Feb had a huge game on the inside, hauling down 11 rebounds and rejecting five shots. Simac had five steals.
Simac (9 points) and Burrell (9 point points) tied for team-high honors in a balanced offensive effort against Lebanon.
Ranked 15th in the OSAA 4A RPI rankings, the Gladiators (7-5) conclude the preseason this Friday, when they play host to Astoria.
Gladstone coeds begin Tri-Valley Conference play next Tuesday, hosting cross-town rival La Salle (10-1), the No. 5-ranked team in Class 5A.