Huskies come from behind against Philomath

The Husky boys basketball team came back from a game-long scoring deficit to take fifth-ranked Philomath 54-45 on the road on Tuesday, Jan. 23 and then turned around and lost at home to Taft 46-30 on Friday night.

Against Taft, “we didn’t play very well,” Coach Tim Little said. “We had a slow start, didn’t shoot the ball well all night. We were 11-45 from the field.

“We came out flat and a little bit complacent after Tuesday’s win. There wasn’t a real sense of urgency.

“In big games, they’ll stay up and play well.”

In other games, they “become a little complacent and get away from the little things that help us play well and win,” Little said. It’s something the team will discuss this week, he said.

The Huskies are tied with Newport for second with a 3-3 record. The problem is that four teams of the five-team league are tied for first and second place with 3-3 and 3-2 records.

“That’s why it’s so crucial to perform each and every night,” Little said. “It’s going to come down to the wire. A few minor mistakes can cost us a playoff.”

Taft built a 7-5 lead in the first quarter and then expanded it to 20-14 by halftime. The Tigers led 32-23 at the end of the third.

Colton Emmert led Husky scoring with nine points. Gabe Kauffman added seven; Brandon Weist, seven; Ricky Worley, four; and Ryan Graville, three. Josh Riggs, Nathan Whitfield, Jon Ball, Dustin Hay and Ray Lingenfelter played but did not score.

J. Holman led Taft scoring with 17. K. Hamun added 13.

“We went into Philomath Tuesday night down 11 at halftime and down eight at the end of the third quarter,” Little said. “We went on a 19-4 scoring run the last couple minutes of the third quarter and into the fourth quarter.

“That was the most exciting one-quarter performance any of the staff or kids have been part of.”

The Huskies ended the third quarter with a 30-foot jumper and then started the fourth quarter with two more threes, erasing Philomath’s lead.

Trailing by two, Philomath started fouling to stop the clock, but the Huskies hit their free throws to ensure the win.

The Huskies handed Philomath its second home loss this year, and the Huskies are the only team in the league to defeat Philomath. Philomath lost its only other home game to top-ranked Yamhill-Carlton.

Emmert led Husky scoring with 14 points. Worley added 13; Kauffman, 12; Weist, eight; and Graville, seven. Whitfield, Ball and Lingenfelter played but did not score.

Ben Motter and Pat Currans led Philomath scoring with 10 points each.

Val-Co League Boys Standings

Central 3-2

Philomath 3-2

Newport 3-3

Sweet Home 3-3

Taft 2-4