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Boys snap eight-game losing streak with win against Elmira


February 21, 2017

KEEGAN HOLLY drives the lane on his way to 11 points against Elmira.

Sweet Home beat Elmira 62-58 last week, ending an eight-game losing streak before falling 53-33 to Sutherlin in boys varsity basketball.

“We got a win on senior night, so that was fun,” said Coach Drew Emmert.

It was the team’s first win in league following a bumpy 5-7 non-league schedule.

At home Feb. 14, the Huskies built a small lead in the first quarter, 11-8.

“That was kind of an up-and- down game,” Emmert said. The Huskies maintained a narrow lead most of the game. Elmira tied the Huskies a couple of times, but Sweet Home held on for the win.

The Huskies led 28-23 at halftime and 40-39 at the end of the third quarter.

“Danny Virtue has been really good all season,” Emmert said. “He had a really good game.”

All of the seniors contributed and scored as well in their final home game of the season.

“We shot a better percentage than we have been,” Emmert said. “Defensively, we got stops when we needed to, and we made our free throws at the end. We lost a few league games because of free throws at the end.”

The Huskies shot 47.7 percent overall and 54.3 percent in two-point field goals. From the foul line, they shot 60 percent on the game, with Virtue hitting three pairs in the final quarter.

Virtue led scoring for Sweet Home with 19 points. Keegan Holly added another 11, and Keanu Aiona and Hayden Nichol added 10 each.

“We weren’t perfect, but we were much better,” Emmert said.

The Huskies finished the season Friday at Sutherlin.

The hosts jumped out to a 12-4 lead after one quarter and led 27-12 at halftime. Sutherlin expanded its lead to 38-18 by the end of the third quarter.

“Sutherlin’s good and played good,” Emmert said. “We didn’t play great.”

The Huskies had a couple of players out sick, Emmert said. Nichol, who has been playing well late, was among them and was able to play only a little.

Daniel Virtue led scoring with 17 points.

Looking back over the season, “I thought we should have won a few of the games we lost,” Emmert said. “The kids played hard, and we definitely got better. Overall, it was a good season. It was fun. I thought we could’ve won a few more in league than we did.”

It was a young team this year, Emmert said. At times, he had three sophomores starting.

“Our seniors led well, and our sophomores did what they were supposed to do,” he said. Four sophomores, Nate Virtue, Nichol, Jake Swanson and Colton Smith, exceeded expectations.

“Our JVs were right around .500, and our JV2s were quite a lot over .500,” Emmert said. “We should be pretty tough next year and then the year after that.”

Keegan Holly is the only returning junior, Emmert said, although the team will get Nick Marler back next year as a senior. Marler was out this season with an injury.

Highlights this season included nearly catching Sisters at home and then beating Elmira last week, Emmert said. Earlier in the season, the Huskies also beat Phoenix, avenging Emmert’s senior season in high school when Phoenix knocked the Huskies out of playoffs.

Elmira 8 15 16 19 – 58

Sweet Home 11 17 12 22 – 62

Elmira scoring: Keegan Cook 18, C. Estrella 12, Wilson 10, Smith 10, Kaleikau 5, White 2, R. Estrella 1, Laing, Bechtel.

Sweet Home scoring: Daniel Virtue 19, Keegan Holly 11, Keanu Aiona 10, Hayden Nichol 10, Jake Swanson 4, Justin Carpenter 3, Nate Virtue 3, Colton Smith 2.

Keanu Aiona puts up two of his 10 points against Elmira.

Sweet Home 4 8 6 15 – 33

Sutherlin 12 15 11 15 – 53

Sweet Home scoring: D. Virtue 17, Aiona 6, Carpenter 6, Holly 4, Nichol, Zack Zanona, N. Virtue, Casey Tow, Swanson.

Sutherlin scoring: Marshal Warmouth 20, Carr 8, Gill 8, Bowen 7, Christianson 6, Davison 4, Shepherd, Rethwill, McGinnis, Horn.


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