It was a hard season for Molallas boys basketball team. Coach Tyler Kelleher said at the beginning of the year that there would be no easy wins this season. He was right.
The Indians finished fifth in the Tri-Valley Conference and 35 in the 4A division. They went 3-7 in league play and 5-19 overall.
Their first win was in December, in their third game of the season, when they narrowly beat Sweet Home 72-69. Following that win, the Indians went on a tough ten-game losing streak. Then, just before league play opened, they picked up a 46-37 win over Astoria. They followed that win with two of their three league wins, one at home against Estacada and another on the road against Madras. Both games were very close, with the Indians wining by four points and three points, respectively.
The Indians then hit another lull, losing three games in a row, before nabbing what turned out to be their final win of the season over Estacada.
At the beginning of the season, the team new it was going to be a rebuilding year, as they lost ten players, nine to graduation and one to Wilsonville.
Despite the losses, the team grew this year and will be more prepared next year. They had only two seniors on their team, Tyler Gengler and Wyatt Kuykendall. The majority of their players were sophomores, with a couple juniors. Those players gained invaluable court time this season, and with any luck, the Indians will return next year in good shape.