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Cagers beat Tilllamook, Molalla, extend record to 6-1


December 25, 2019

KAI BRYSON takes the ball to the net past Molalla defenders. FOR MORE PHOTOS, SEE OUR PHOTO GALLERY:

The Huskies extended their win streak in boys basketball last week with victories at home against Molalla, 77-65, on Friday and at Tillamook, 61-44, on Dec. 17.

The Huskies started out back and forth with Molalla, Coach Drew Emmert said. They tied the first quarter 26-26. The Huskies built a lead in the second, but Molalla rallied to within a point, 43-42, by halftime.

"They shot really well in the first half," Emmert said. Molalla had a lot of threes, and the Huskies didn't defend well.

The Huskies built their win in the third, outscoring Molalla by 10 to lead 66-55.

Casey Tow led the way for the Huskies with 20 points eight rebounds and five assists, while Molalla had a hard time stopping Kai Bryson's size inside as he scored 11.

Hunter Coulter added another 14 points. Cole Baxter took three shots and sank all of them for three points each, a total of nine.

The team shot 51.8 percent on the game and 38.9 percent past the three-point line, while Molalla shot just 44 percent overall.

Molalla 26 16 13 10 – 65

Sweet Home 26 17 23 11 – 77

Sweet Home scoring: Casey Tow 20, Hunter Coulter 14, Kai Bryson 11, Cole Baxter 9, Aiden Tyler 7, Zach Luttmer 6, Zach Zanona 5, Jasper Korn 3, Brayden Keesee 2, Tye Moore.

Molalla scoring: Derek Pederson 17, Simpson 13, Bauge 11, Stephens 10, Kutsev 6, Sandberg 5, Noe, Watson.

Against Tillamook, "we got a good lead early and just kind of kept it," Emmert said.

After a quarter, the Huskies were ahead 15-7, and they led 31-14 at halftime. After the third quarter, Sweet Home was ahead 46-31.

Tow led Huskies scoring with 17 points and four steals. Coulter added 15 with six rebounds. Zach Luttmer led at the board with seven rebounds, and Zach Zanona had four steals.

Sweet Home shot 41.8 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from the three-point line, while Tillamook shot 37.2 percent and 15.4 percent from the three-point line.

ZACH LUTTMER pulls down a rebound against Molalla.

Overall last week, "we took care of business," with games they should have won, Emmert said. "We've had a good start. We've got to keep getting better and getting more consistent defensively."

The Huskies were scheduled to host La Pine Monday and will travel to Linn-Benton Community College to face South Albany, the undefeated top-ranked team in the 5A Division on Saturday.

The Huskies are 6-1 and ranked third in the state.

Sweet Home 15 16 15 15 – 61

Tillamook 7 7 17 13 – 44

Sweet Home scoring: Tow 17, Coulter 15, Tyler 9, Keesee 6, Luttmer 6, Zanona 5, Baxter 3, Korn, Bryson.

Tillamook scoring: Kellen Shelley 15, Allen 14, Miller 8, Wilkes 5, Peterson, Bever, Boomer.


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