Class 1A boys hoops The Watchmen remain in second place in the Casco League after downing Perrydale and Falls City last week
Pressed to keep pace with league-leading Country Christian, C.S. Lewis Academy extended its winning streak to four games last week, sandwiching two wins against Perrydale and Falls City around a come-from-behind non-league victory at Portland Waldorf.
The Watchmen kicked off the week with a somewhat unsatisfying 63-48 win over the Pirates at home Jan. 14, playing well but never reaching high gear for long.
It was one of those games where you win by 15 and you dont feel very good about it, head coach Vince Swagerty said. There were a couple of times where we felt like we had an opportunity to take the game into total control and stretch it out to a 20-, 25-point lead and we just didnt.
After learning Pirates freshman point guard Daniel Domes put up 26 points in a win over Crosshill Christian in Perrydales previous game, Swagerty gave senior Joe Brooks the defensive assignment.
While the Pirates were prepared to attack C.S. Lewiss full-court press, Brooks was up to his task, limiting Domes to five points.
The Watchmen played well in establishing a 37-26 halftime lead and pushed their advantage to 15 entering the fourth, but had too many turnovers to pull away any further. Brooks and point guard Matt Martin amassed 19 points apiece and post Evan Hagar added 14.
Having slammed Portland Waldorf 62-33 at home in the teams first encounter Jan. 3 in Newberg, C.S. Lewis may have been a bit overconfident heading into the rematch Jan. 16 at the old Milwaukie High School gym.
But not only were the Watchmen without Martin, who was nursing a sore hip, the Wolfpack were at full strength, having played the first contest without their top player.
C.S. Lewis jumped out to a 19-16 lead after one quarter, but managed just five points in each of the next two quarters to find itself trailing 41-31 entering the fourth.
The deficit was a high as 12 early in the fourth before the Watchmen, who shot just 17-for-65 for the game, shook off their shooting woes to stage a comeback.
The tide eventually turned for C.S. Lewis on a rare six-point trip down the court that trimmed the gap from 51-42 to 51-48 in the span of just two seconds of game time.
Brooks sparked the play, draining a three-pointer, but while the shot was in the air, Hagar was laid out under the basket while positioning himself for the rebound. The senior forward made the front end of the ensuing one-and-one, missing the second only to see Brooks swoop in for the rebound and a quick put back.
Hagar shook off an abysmal shooting night, having gone 5-for-23 at that point, by draining a triple with 20 seconds left to give the Watchmen their first lead, 55-54, of the half.
Hagar added another free throw, but C.S. Lewis had to survive two Waldorf three-point attempts in the final eight seconds to escape with the 56-54 win. Brooks finished with 23 points and Hagar contributed 17 points.
A day later Swagertys squad routed Falls City, reaching deep into its bench in a 58-18 rout of the Mountaineers that saw Brooks score 15.
The two league victories set up a showdown between the second-place Watchmen (10-5, 5-1 Casco League) and third-place Crosshill Christian (8-4, 4-2) on Tuesday (results unavailable at press time)
C.S. Lewis, which will travel for a non-league game at North Clackamas Christian and host Willamette Valley Christian Friday, cannot afford another league loss if it hopes remain on the tail of league-leading Country Christian (11-5, 6-0) ahead of their Jan. 28 rematch in Newberg.