Husky boys hang tight in league basketball standings with win over Stayton
February 19, 2020
Sweet Home held off a late rally by Stayton to win 59-53 at home Feb. 11 in boys basketball.
At this point, the Huskies have likely secured a play-in slot, said Coach Drew Emmert. Winning out the next games won't let the Huskies place first or second, but it'll give them a higher ranking in seeding the play-in round.
The Huskies advanced their record to 4-5, while Stayton beat Woodburn Friday evening to improve its record to 5-5. Stayton is in fourth place in the Oregon West Conference and ranked 11th in the state. Sweet Home is half a game behind Stayton and ranked ninth in the state.
Tenth-ranked Cascade, which was leading the Oregon West, lost games last week to Philomath and Newport, falling to third place with a 6-3 record. Philomath, 8-2, leads the Oregon West and is ranked third, while Woodburn, 7-2, is in second place and ranked fourth.
Against Stayton last week, "we pretty much got a lead early and kept it to the end," Emmert said. That's in contrast to the last time the two teams met. Sweet Home held a lead most of the way in that game, but the Eagles rallied to win in late in the game.
The Huskies scratched out a 13-12 league in the first quarter and then 31-26 at halftime. Neither team won the third quarter, and Sweet Home stayed ahead, 43-38. Late in the fourth, the Huskies held a 13-point lead, 57-44, but Stayton's Logan Classen dropped multiple threes and went to the foul line late game to close the gap.
"They're a good team," Emmert said. "We never could quite pull away. They're tough. We played really good defense."
Sweet Home's press has been consistently good all season, Emmert said, but that hasn't been the case with its half-court defense. In the last few games, that has changed, and the Huskies have been playing really well in the half court.
"We're playing our best basketball right now," Emmert said. "Obviously, this is the best time to play your best basketball."
Casey Tow led the Huskies with 18 points and seven rebounds. Classen led Stayton with 18 points.
As a team, Sweet Home shot 39 percent from the field, while Stayton held an edge at 41 percent. The Huskies were 73 percent shooting free throws, while the Eagles shot 56 percent. Sweet Home ruled the boards, pulling down 24 defensive rebounds and 19 offensive rebounds, while Stayton had just nine offensive and 16 defensive rebounds.
The Huskies were schedule to host Cascade Tuesday. They will host Sisters at 5:30 p.m. Friday and travel to Newport at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25. A play-in game will likely be at home and played Friday, Feb. 28.
Stayton 12 14 12 15 – 53
Sweet Home 13 18 12 16 – 59
Stayton scoring; Logan Classen 18, Axmaker 15, Rash 10, Berning 4, Wigginton 4, Muhic 2, Daniels, Strand, Whieldon.
Sweet Home scoring: Casey Tow 18, Hunter Coulter 12, Brayden Keesee 9, Aiden Tyler 9, Cole Baxter 5, Jasper Korn 4, Zach Luttmer 2, Zach Zanona, Kai Bryson.