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'Low-energy' boys lose early lead, fall to Cascade on road in basketball


January 29, 2020

ZACH LUTTMER collects a loose ball and runs with it.

Sweet Home lost 58-49 Friday night at Cascade in boys basketball.

The Huskies held an early advantage, leading 13-12 after one quarter, but their game went cold in the second quarter, and Cascade had a 27-19 lead at halftime. While they pulled to within three points in the third, by the end of the quarter, the Huskies trailed 43-30.

"They're a really good team, and on the road, it's tough," said Coach Drew Emmert of the Cougars. "This is one of the games this year we came out with low energy."

And it can be hard to recover from that, he said.

Sweet Home turned the ball over 19 times, a little higher than typical while shooting was a little low at 42 percent. The Huskies had a hard time at the foul line, shooting 13-27.

Cascade rounds out the Huskies' four toughest opponents, which also includes Woodburn, Philomath and Stayton. Including Sweet Home, all but Stayton are in the top 10 in state rankings. Stayton is ranked 14th.

Every team in the Oregon West Conference is tough, Emmert said. "I think we're at those teams' level. We should be able to get them on the road. I think the guys are hungry, but we've got to do it."

Hunter Coulter led the Huskies with 23 points, with seven rebounds. Drake Davis led the Cougars with 20 points.

Hunter Coulter grabs an offensive rebound.

This week, the 10th-ranked Huskies, 0-4 in league and 9-6 overall, were looking for their first league win at Sisters, 0-4 in league and 2-14 overall, Tuesday night. Emmert noted that it's been more than five years since the Huskies won there.

They host Newport, 0-3 in league and 5-10 overall, at 7 p.m. Friday night and then travel to fourth-ranked Woodburn, 4-0 in league and 12-3 overall, at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 4.

The junior varsity lost to Cascade Friday by six points, and the JV2 lost by 10.

Sweet Home 13 6 11 19 – 49

Cascade 12 15 16 15 – 58

Sweet Home scoring: Hunter Coulter 23, Aiden Tyler 8, Casey Tow 5, Zach Zanona 4, Brayden Keesee 3, Zach Luttmer 3, Kai Bryson 2, Jasper Korn 1, Cole Baxter, Tye Moore.

Cascade scoring: Drake Davis 20, C. Bischoff 11, Molan 9, Nolan 7, Raney 6, J. Bischoff 4, Sande 1, Bertsch, Kanoff, Winstead, Ball.


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