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Boys get steamrolled in basketball openers, win Monday night


December 6, 2016

DANIEL VIRTUE, leaps out of bounds to keep the ball in play.

Sweet Home’s boys lost a pair of games against a couple of the toughest teams they’ll see this year to open their basketball season.

They lost 70-35 to Harrisburg at home Saturday and 87-41 at South Albany Nov. 30.

Monday night the Huskies won their first game of the season, 69-56, against Central Linn.

After low production at the bucket last week, Sweet Home scorers came alive against the Cobras.

Justin Carpenter led the team with 22 points. Keanu Aiona scored 18, and Daniel Virtue added 10.

“They had two big guys, 6-8 and one 6-5,” said Coach Drew Emmert. “We turned it into a fast-paced game and got the job done. We weren’t perfect, but got enough stops and forced enough turnovers to be successful.”

Last week, Harrisburg brought a tough 3A team to the floor, said Emmert said. “State champions in football, they’re gong to have a chance to win in 3A for basketball. They had the conference player of the year coming back, tough 3A team. They’re one of the best 3A teams,a nd South Albany is a good 5A.

“We had a few spurts where it looked like we could play with them. We have some younger guys. We played a little scared the first two games. We weren’t making shots in both games.”

Against Harrisburg, the Huskies shot 1-16 from the three-point line.

They had the looks but the ball wouldn’t fall, Emmert said, and the Huskies had a rough time getting stops on defense. By contrast Harrisburg shot 46 percent from the field.

“These will be two of the toughest teams we play all year,” Emmert said. Both opponents have good senior classes and clearly had more experience. “We had our moments, but we have some growing to do. We need to pick up our energy defensively.”

Aiona and Daniel Virtue, who averaged double digits last year, didn’t score well last week, Emmert said, but they’ll come around.

Aiona spent most of the first half against the Eagles benched following an early first-quarter technical foul.

“They’re actual scorers,” he said. “It’s going to help to get them going, and Carpenter is the best shooter in the gym. We haven’t been getting him open.”

Harrisburg jumped out to a 25-12 lead after one quarter, expanding to 35-15 at halftime. Harrisburg led 59-21 after three quarters.

At South Albany, the Huskies 27-10 after the first quarter and 42-14 at halftime. South Albany extended its lead to 67-30 in the third quarter.

Justin Carpenter led the Huskies against Harrisburg with 10 points. Keegan Holly added eight; Keanu Aiona, five; Daniel Virtue, five; Jake Swanson, four; Nathan Virtue, two; and Colton Smith one. Alonzo Ranch led Harrisburg with 18 points.

Against South Albany, Colton Smith led Huskies scoring with nine points. D. Virtue added eight; Ainoa, six; Holly, five; Swanson and N. Virtue, four each; Tristan Graham and Hayden Nichol, two each; and Carpenter, one. Carson Misna led the Rebels with 18.

The Huskies travel to southern Oregon to face Phoenix Friday and North Valley Saturday. They will host Jefferson at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Harrisburg 25 10 24 11 – 70

Sweet Home 12 3 6 14 – 35

Harrisburg scoring: Alonzo Ranch 18, Jones 17, Parmenter 12, J. Knox 12, Oakerman 6, Baker 3, Aceves 2, Thompson.

Sweet Home scoring: Justin Carpenter 10, Keegan Holly 8, Keanu Aiona 5, Daniel Virtue 5, Jake Swanson 4, Nathan Virtue 2, Tristan Graham, Hayden Nichol.

JAKE SWANSON, ponders his next move as he’s defended by Harrisburg’s Tel Jones during the Huskies’ 70-35 loss to the Eagles.

Sweet Home 10 4 16 11 – 41

South Albany 27 15 25 20 – 87

Sweet Home scoring; Smith 9, D. Virtue 8, Aiona 6, Holly 5, Swanson 4, N. Virtue 4, Nichol 2, Graham 2, Alonso Perez.

South Albany scoring: Carson Misna 18, Anderson 15, Hemzacek 13, Miller 10, Nafziger 8, Guilford 8, Costello 7, Rodriguez 5, Southwick, Mayer.


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