Cody Teyema sparks a third-quarter comeback with four three-pointers, but the effort falls short
In the minutes before halftime, it looked like Sandy was putting together another impressive performance on the road, leading St. Helens by sixteen points and scoring at will. Midway through the third quarter, all that was different: Cody Teyema had found his stroke.
The senior guard hit from distance in front of his bench. Then he hit again in front of the students. Then from the top of the arc. And by the time he cooled off, the Lions were more than within striking distance, they had the Pioneers sweating.
Sandy, though, showed why they have lost only twice all year, holding on and pulling away to beat St. Helens 69-56 and moving into a three-way tie for first place in the Northwest Oregon Conference. The Pioneers (14-2, 5-1 NWOC) will host Parkrose on Feb. 4 at 7:15, while St. Helens (3-12, 1-5) will travel to Liberty on the same night.
Sandy, who got balanced scoring across the board, was led by 11 points each from Austin Gorski and Hunter Rowe, who had six points in the final quarter for the Pioneers. Juan Ruiz had nine points, all from beyond the arc.
The Lions got points from just five players, netting a game-high 18 from senior Tanner Long in the losing effort. Teyema had 15 points on five three-pointers, and senior Corey West had 14.
Sandy 69, St. Helens 56
SAND 20 17 15 17
STHE 12 9 21 19
Sandy (69): Tyler New 4, Bryce Tilton 4, Timmy Grozav 7, Carson Dwyre 5, Juan Ruiz 9, Braden Luff, Austin Gorski 11, Zach Gilbert 8, Canton Dwyre 4, Miles Brown 6, Hunter Rowe 11
St. Helens (56): Long 18, Spencer 2, Ryne Poorman, Devon Jewett, Justin Helgerson 7, Gage Bumgardner, Guintin Galvin, Ivan Alcazar, Cody Teyema 15, Kyle Ruege, Corey West 14