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Milwaukie guys win at Rex Putnam


Spencer, Loudon set the pace in a 77-69 NWOC win

Friday night was a big night for Milwaukie High School’s boys basketball team. After struggling through one of the tougher preseason schedules in the state, the Mustangs on Friday put a game in the win column, defeating cross-town rival Putnam 77-69 in their second game of the Northwest Oregon Conference league season.

The game was a battle, with Milwaukie leading 25-18 at the end of the first period and Putnam trimming the lead to 41-38 by halftime. It was still a four-point game heading into the fourth quarter.

Rebounding and free-throw shooting proved pivotal for Milwaukie. The Mustangs crashed the boards hard, led by Grant Loudon (9 rebounds), Tyler Spencer (8 rebounds), Vasily Voznyuk (7 rebounds) and Wesley Johnson (6 rebounds).

And they made their free throws. They were 20-of-26 from the line for the game and 14-for-18 in the fourth quarter. Spencer and Johnson together went 8-for-8 from the line at crunch time.

Spencer and Loudon had big games at the offensive end of the floor. Spencer scored 25 points, hitting 8-of-16 shots from the floor and 8-of-8 free throws. He also sparked the offense with five assists.

Loudon scored 18 points on 7-for-14 shooting, with three 3-point baskets. It was a career-high for the 6-4 sophomore.

Johnson (13 points) joined Spencer and Loudon in double digits in scoring.

The Kingsmen were led by Calvin Spencer (16 points) and David Vasquez (14 points).

Putnam boys began NWOC play on Jan. 14 with a 61-44 loss to Sherwood; Milwaukie boys came up short in their Jan. 14 league opener, losing to Wilsonville 45-34.

The Kingsmen held their own in the second half, but a 29-14 halftime deficit proved too much to overcome.

Calvin Spencer tallied 17 points, but he was the only Kingsmen in double figures in scoring.

“The kids stepped it up in the second half, following Calvin’s lead,” said Putnam assistant coach Preston Martin. “Sherwood is a very good team, but [when Calvin Spencer stepped up] the kids understood they could play with Sherwood.”

Fouls and cold shooting plagued Milwaukie in the Mustangs’ loss to Wilsonville. The Mustangs found the mark on only 12-of-35 shots from the floor.

Spencer (2 points) sat most of the game, after picking up three fouls in the first two minutes of play.

Loudon and Aaron Wenger tied for team high-point honors, each with eight points. Wenger hit two 3-pointers.

Vasily Voznyuk claimed six rebounds in the losing effort.

Milwaukie (2-9, 1-1) hosts Liberty (8-4, 2-0) this Friday, while Putnam (1-10, 0-2) entertains winless Parkrose (0-11, 0-2).

“We may not be up to the 6A level, but I think we can compete in conference,” said Milwaukie coach Scott Bays.

Bays noted that all but two of Milwaukie’s preseason games were with Class 6A opponents who currently have winning records.