Boys beat Scio, but lose to La Grande, Blanchet in basketball


January 3, 2017

The high school varsity boys won one of three games at a basketball tournament held Wednesday through Friday at Stayton High School.

After suffering a big 82-42 loss to La Grande Wednesday, the boys beat Scio 50-32 Thursday but lost 49-37 to Blanchet Catholic Friday.

Against La Grande, “we just didn’t play very good in general,” said Coach Drew Emmert. “They’re a great team. They just played better than we did.”

The Huskies held their own through the first quarter, Emmert said, trailing 18-14 at that point.

“They kind of hit us hard in the second quarter,” Emmert said. La Grande switched up its defense and started pressuring the Huskies, who didn’t adapt well.

La Grande led 35-23 at halftime and poured it on in the second half, leading 61-33 after three quarters.

Daniel Virtue led the Huskies in scoring with 25 points.

Keanu Aiona did not play that night.

The following day, “Scio had a pretty good big guy,” Emmert said. “We did pretty good with him.”

The Huskies trailed 11-9 after a quarter and led 20-18 at halftime. They began pulling away after that, expanding their lead to 39-27 by the end of the third quarter.

“Defensively, we were way better,” Emmert said. The second half, their defense was even better as they slowed down and ran a more patient offense.

“We just controlled the game,” Emmert said. “We didn’t let the game get away from us.”

Virtue led the Huskies with 13 points.

They ran into trouble Friday against Blanchet, trailing 11-8 after one quarter and 23-14 at halftime. Blanchet expanded its lead to 42-29 in the third quarter.

“Defensively, we were really good against Blanchet,” Emmert said, but on offense they ran into a zone defense they couldn’t break.

“We missed some easy lay-ins, some easy open shots,” Emmert said.

Aiona led scoring with 13 points.

The Huskies were scheduled to host Madras Tuesday and Crook County Friday. Game times are 7:15 p.m. They will open league play and travel to Sisters Jan. 13.

Sweet Home 14 9 10 9 – 42

La Grande 18 17 26 21 – 82

Sweet Home scoring: Daniel Virtue 25, Colton Smith 6, Jake Swanson 3, Lance Hanson 3, Keegan Holly 2, Nathan Virtue 2, Hayden Nichol 1, Zach Zanona, Justin Carpenter.

La Grande scoring: GT Blackman 16, Andrew Peasley 16, Chandler 13, Wisdom 11, Siltanen 7, Travis 6, Hanson 6, Jacobs 3, Schiller 2, Reed 2, Woolridge.

Sweet Home 9 12 19 10 – 50

Scio 11 7 9 5 – 32

Sweet Home scoring: Swanson 13, D. Virtue 13, Justin Carpenter 11, Nichol 4, Casey Tow 3, N. Virtue 2, Holly 2, Smith 2, Hanson, Zanona, Keanu Aiona.

Scio scoring: Blake Lackner 15, Holmberg 9, Robinson 4, Gray 2, Harrison 1, Tibbs 1, Ellis, McClelland, Bergby, Yoder, Spilde.

Sweet Home 8 6 15 8 – 37

Blanchet 11 12 19 7 – 49

Sweet Home scoring: Keanu Aiona 13, Holly 11, D. Virtue 6, Nichol 4, Zanona 3, Smith, N. Virtue, Tow, Carpenter, Swanson.

Blanchet scoring: RJ Veliz 19, Bashaw 13, Stebner 12, Bogat 3, B. Coen 2, J. Coen, Conway, Copple, Torres.


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