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January 31, 2017

KEEGAN HOLLY takes a shot under pressure while, above right, Keanu Aiona fights for a rebound.

The Sweet Home High School varsity boys basketball team came up short last week looking for its first league win this year.

The Huskies lost to Elmira 65-56 Jan. 24 on the road and then went cold offensively, losing at home to Sutherlin 57-29 Friday.

The Huskies trailed 14-4 early in the game against Elmira, but they battled their way back and trailed just 16-12 by the end of the first quarter. By halftime, they were behind 27-23.

Elmira spread its lead in the third quarter to 46-37, but the Huskies were able to get within a point with a minute and a half left on the clock.

“They got an O-board and a lucky rollout,” Emmert said, and then Elmira sank a three. After a five-second call against the Huskies, Elmira scored again, and the Huskies were down by six and fouling to stop the clock.

Leading the way for the Huskies were Daniel Virtue with 17 points and Keanu Aiona with 15 points.

“Keanu and Danny were really tough in that game,” Emmert said. “As a team, we played hard.”

Things looked better Friday night as the Huskies were edging out Sutherlin 11-10 after a quarter, but their offense went cold. The Huskies scored just one point in the second quarter and trailed Sutherlin 22-12 at halftime.

The Huskies added another 12 points to the scoreboard in the third quarter, but Sutherlin scored 18 to lead 40-24. Virtue scored four of five points in the fourth quarter, while Sutherlin put up seven on field goals and another 10 from the foul line.

Virtue led the Huskies with 17, while no one else scored more than four.

Moving into the second half of league play, “we just need to be better defensively as a team and individually,” Emmert said. “We also have to (hit) a higher shooting percentage.”

Once the Huskies hit league games, their percentage dropped, he said. Some guys were averaging double digits preseason. In league play, only Virtue is averaging double digits.

In games where the Huskies aren’t scoring, “we have to make it defensively,” Emmert said. Looking forward, he has his sights on Elmira and Junction City, but the other three teams, Cottage Grove, Sisters and Sutherlin, each with just one loss in league play, are within reach too if the Huskies can close their gaps in defense and start connecting at the hoop.

The Huskies host Sisters at 7:15 p.m. Friday at home and play at 7:15 in Junction City Tuesday.

Sisters, Cottage Grove and Sutherlin are in a three-way tie for first place with 4-1 records. Elmira is 2-3, and Junction City is 1-4. The Huskies are 0-5.

Sweet Home 12 11 14 19 – 56

Elmira 16 11 19 19 – 65

Sweet Home scoring: Daniel Virtue 17, Keanu Auiona 15, Colton Smith 12, Jake Swanson 4, Keegan Holly 4, Justin Carpenter 2, Hayden Nichol 2, Nathan Virtue.

Elmira scoring: Keegan Cook 21, Jamal Wilson 19, Kellen Smith 10, Chad Estrella 8, Karson Laing 7, Kobe Bechtel, Richard Estrella, Kyle White, Kawai Kaleikau.

JUSTIN CARPENTER breaks away after recovering a loose ball.

Sutherlin 10 12 18 17 – 57

Sweet Home 11 1 12 5 – 29

Sutherlin scoring: Marshal Warmouth 17, Gill 15, Christianson 10, Carr 7, Briggs 5, Rethwill 3, Davison, Shepherd, McGinnis.

Sweet Home scoring: Daniel Virtue 17, Swanson 4, Carpenter 3, Smith 3, Aiona 2, Nichol, Zack Zanona, Holly, N. Virtue, Casey Tow.

 
 

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