High school round-up C.S. Lewis Academy falls 52-50 to the South Eugene junior varsity, but is more confident for the experience
What a difference a year makes.
Last year at this time, the C.S. Lewis Academy boys basketball team was run out of the gym by a 3A junior varsity team at a holiday tournament.
On Friday, the Watchmen squared off against 6A South Eugenes junior varsity squad in the Crow holiday tournament, but this time battled for all 32 minutes, falling 52-50.
Its a result that wont show up on their record, unlike the 61-42 shellacking CSLA put on Pacific Saturday to earn third place, but one that head coach Vince Swagerty could make a big difference as the Watchmen prepare for a run through what is expected to be a rough and tumble Casco League gauntlet.
That really discouraged us, I think, Swagerty said of last years blowout loss. So to go up against a legit 6A JV, I think our kids got some confidence they didnt have before.
C.S. Lewis endured a trying second period, in which they committed the majority of their 15 first-half turnovers, and found themselves trailing 27-21 at the break.
The Watchmen quickly rallied to tie the game early in the third and the two teams traded leads for a while, with South Eugene eventually holding a one-to-two possession lead for most of the fourth quarter.
Trailing 51-50 with less than 10 seconds to play, senior point guard Matt Martin drove for a shot and missed, but got his own rebound. Unfortunately, his put back attempt was blocked and the Axemen went to the line, making one of two shots to make it a two-point game. Joseph Brooks managed to get off a 27-foot 3-pointer before time expired, but didnt connect.
They had height and werent coming out with all sophomores, Swagerty said. It was a challenge and our kids handled it really well.
Brooks turned around and scored a game-high 27 points in the win over Pacific on Saturday, which saw the Watchmen outscore the Pirates 23-9 in the second quarter to go up by 15 at halftime.
CSLA was not sharp in the third, but Brooks scored 10 points in the fourth to lock down the result. Evan Hager added 24 points for the Watchmen, who collected 14 steals and forced 22 turnovers for the game.
Swagerty and company will host Portland Waldorf at 7 p.m. Friday before traveling for tough Casco League tests at Country Christian Jan. 7 and at Jewell Jan. 10.
Newberg 53, Wallaceburg (Ont.) 27 Junior post Tori Eichten poured in 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds Friday in the Tigers opening game of the KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. Hannah Green added 15 point and five steals for Newberg, which held Wallaceburg to four points in each of the first and fourth quarters.
West Shore (Fla.) 38, Newberg 32 The Tigers enjoyed an advantage in most statistical categories Saturday, but simply struggled to shoot the ball, hitting just 13 of their 49 attempts for the game. Sabrina Salmons was the lone exception, going 6-for-14 for a team-high 15 points. Newberg (5-2) will host West Salem at 7 p.m. Friday in its final non-conference game.
Crow 40, C.S. Lewis Academy 31 Crow outscored the Watchmen 12-5 in the fourth quarter Friday to pull away in a close game. Lana Friedrich scored 22 points and Lydia Pia added six for C.S. Lewis.
Pacific 41, C.S. Lewis Academy 32 The Watchmen got 21 points from Friedrich in the third-place contest of the Cougar Classic on Saturday. Halah Grobey also scored six points for CSLA (3-7), which hosts Portland Waldorf at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
North Salem 74, Newberg 60 Jacoby Wolfe scored 16 points to lead the Tigers, who fell behind 23-12 after one quarter and were unable to overcome the Vikings 10 3-pointers. Caleb Roberts scored 24 points and Malik Leaks hit five triples to finish with 23 points for North Salem. B.J. Ulloa pitched in with 12 points and Austin Hammon scored 10 for Newberg.
Newberg 72, South Albany 53 The Tigers (3-5) topped the 5A Rebels to snap a four-game losing skid. Newberg is off until Jan. 7, when it will host Oregon City at 6:45 p.m.