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Boys basketball roundup: Lopez leads Kennedy over Waldport in back-and-forth game

by: PHIL HAWKINS - Kennedy sophomore Jacob Lopez goes up for a contested shot in the Trojans 60-58 victory over Waldport Friday night. Lopez finished the game with 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Trojans to the win.It took a team effort for the Kennedy boys basketball team to hold off the visiting Waldport Irish in a 60-58 win Friday night at JFK High School.

Led by sophomore Jacob Lopez’s team-high 21 points and 11 rebounds, the Trojans and Irish kept the game close throughout.

Heading into the fourth quarter with a 44-40 lead, the Trojans maintained the lead throughout most of the quarter and headed into the final possession leading by two.

The Irish got an uncontested 3-pointer off as time expired to win the game, but the shot bounced off the rim and the Trojans held on for the victory.

Brett Traeger scored 16 points in the victory, while Mark Unrein added nine.

Dalton Susee dished out 10 assists and was one of three players, along with Lopez and Blake Traeger, to record two steals each.

On Jan. 13 the Trojans fell 55-47 to Western Mennonite. Brett Traeger led the team with 15 points, six assists and three steals in the loss.

North Marion 55, Seaside 44

Central 60, North Marion 37

The North Marion Huskies responded to back-to-back losses by beating the visiting Seaside Seagulls by 11 points Friday night to finish their non-conference schedule with an 8-6 record.

In their final season before moving to the Oregon West Conference, the Huskies are looking to rebound from two straight years near the bottom of the Tri-Valley standings.

Since North Marion finished second in the Tri-Valley in 2011, the team has gone 5-15 in league and missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons.

North Marion was scheduled to open league play Tuesday against Madras before hosting the No. 3 La Salle Falcons Friday night.

Dayton 77, Gervais 51

Westside Christian 39, Gervais 24

Horizon Christian 78, Gervais 42

The Cougars lost three straight last week and are still looking for their first league victory after five games in the West Valley Conference.

Kylor Kelley led three Gervais players in double figures Friday night, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Pirates of Dayton.

Kelley had 13 points, while teammates Adam Jaramillo and Lazaro Villegas scored 11 each.

Jose Esquivel and Daniel LaFollette added seven each in the loss.

The Cougars played a much more defensive-minded game on Jan. 15 against the Westside Christian Eagles.

Kelley led the team with seven points, while Villegas was the team’s leading rebounder with eight boards.

Southwest Christian 60, St. Paul 58

Crosshill Christian 51, St. Paul 27

St. Paul 48, Willamette Valley Christian 29

The Buckaroos went 1-2 last week after dropping a pair of games on back-to-back nights against Southwest Christian and Crosshill Christian last weekend.

David Elias and Cody Southerland each scored six points to lead St. Paul against Crosshill Christian Friday night.

The Eagles built an 18-8 lead in the first quarter and continued to expand their advantage throughout the game.

The following night, the Bucks lost by two to the Wildcats in a non-league game.

St. Paul (4-8, 2-4 Casco) was scheduled to host Jewell Tuesday, followed by a non-league game against Damascus Christian Thursday. The Bucks finish the week with a trip to Perrydale Friday night.




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