Boys Basketball Faces Tough Loss to Cascade in Oregon West Opener

Sky Chappell

The Sweet Home boys basketball team suffered an unfortunate outcome as a result of their first league game, in the Oregon West Conference last week, losing 40-72 against Cascade on Jan. 19. The Cougars, (9-2) are ranked No. 4 in the state for 4A.

“We played hard last night. We just struggled to make shots and looked overwhelmed by their pressure at times,” Coach Drew Emmert said. “They are back to back state champs and played like it.” The Cougars, last year, earned their third state championship and became, “The first 4A boys team to win back-to-back titles since Seaside in 2017 and 2018,” according to Jim Beseda from OSAAtoday.

The Huskies (11-3), had a run for their money, but even with the difference in points, the boys were still able to play strong through it all. Freshman player Brayden McClure had 12 points and played a solid game off of the bench.

With the team’s goal to make it to the playoffs, they would need to just finish third or higher.

The boys will be back, Jan. 23 at 5:30 p.m playing at Newport (8-4) and Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m playing at home against Philomath (11-3).