Sweet Home boys trade basketball wins with Philomath

Philomath 54, Sweet Home 52

A slow first half hurt the Huskies Monday night at home as they hosted Philomath in the second face-off in four days for the two teams.

Sweet Home just wasn’t clicking defensively and trailed 34-24 at the half, when Coach Tim Little gave the Huskies a pep talk that resulted in some adjustments in the third quarter.

“Philomath came to play,” Little said. “Defensively, we couldn’t match their intensity. We lacked a little intensity on the defensive end.”

In the third period, the Huskies narrowed the visitors’ lead to 44-39 and tied things up in the last minute, but some trips to the foul line gave the Warriors a 52-49 lead and a three-pointer from the right baseline by Ryan Graville wasn’t enough as David Sturner sank two free throws to ice the game for the visitors.

A final desperation shot by the Huskies bounced out and the buzzer sounded as Gabe Kauffman tried to put it back up to tie the game.

Little said fatigue may have played a part in the loss for Sweet Home, as the Huskies had uncharacteristic turnovers.

Jared Olsen and Colton Emmert both got into foul trouble, which brought some sophomores off the bench who had played in the junior varsity game earlier, Little said.

“You can’t do that against a top-10 team in the state,” he said. “They’re a good basketball team.

“We got them Friday night but we couldn’t put 32 minutes together tonight.”

Kauffman and Graville led the Huskies with 18 points each, including four three-point baskets from Graville. Dustin Straub led the Warriors with 18 as well.

Sweet Home 47, Philomath 42

The Huskies defeated the Warriors 47-42 in overtime on the road Friday night.

In a low-scoring start, Philomath led the Huskies 8-5 at the end of the first quarter and 20-13 at halftime.

“Defense kept us in the game,” Coach Tim Little said. “The kids are buying into that. Hold them to 20 points at halftime, we’re in the game no matter what. We have the offensive weapons that can bring us back.”

At the end of the third quarter, Colton Emmert hit a layup off an assist from Ryan Graville to get the Huskies within three points. The next possession, Emmert hit another shot to get within one point, trailing 29-28.

In the fourth, Dustin Hay hit his first three-point in league play to go ahead by two, Little said. The Huskies had the momentum then.

At the end of regulation play, “they had three possessions to actually win the game,” Little said. Twice shots went up and the Huskies grabbed the board. With three seconds left, Philomath drew up a play to David Sturner, who put up a contested 16-foot jumper for the win; but he missed the shot, sending the game into overtime with the score tied 38-38.

“Defensively, we did a great job,” Little said. “They did a good job on us too.”

The Huskies limited the Warriors’ second opportunities and made sure every shot was contested and difficult, Little said.

Derek Davis scored the first bucket to take a two-point lead. On the Husky possession, Sturner picked up his fifth foul and put Gabe Kauffman on the line to tie the score again.

After missing a last-second free throw earlier in the week to hold off a loss against Central, “he wanted to definitely go to the line at Philomath,” Little said. Kauffman shot 9-10 from the foul line against Philomath, and he scored seven of them in overtime.

With 2:30 left in overtime, Josh Riggs grabbed an offensive board and went back up with it, drawing a foul. He hit one of the shots to give the Huskies the lead.

Philomath had to start fouling the Huskies, Little said, and Kauffman started scoring at the line, along with another free throw by Graville.

Kauffman led Husky scoring with 22 points. Emmert added 11; Graville, eight with eight rebounds; Hay, three; Jared Olsen, one; Riggs, one; and Levi Marchbanks, one. Brent Moyer played but did not score.

Sturner led Philomath with 16 poinds. Davis added nine; Motter, six; Haynes, five; and Straub, Azzizian and Thomas, two each.

The Huskies lost 46-45 to Central in a “totally different game,” Little said. “We lacked a little intensity and were battling the flu a little bit. We played tired – didn’t execute well.”

Central held Kauffman to eight points, about 12 points below his average.

In particular Kauffmand, Riggs and Emmert were all dealing with illness last week, Little said.

The Huskies led 9-7 after one quarter and 17-15 at halftime. They led 31-29 at the end of the third quarter.

Emmer led Husky scoring with 13 points. Kauffman added eight; Graville, seven, Marchbanks, six; Riggs, five; Olsen, four; and Moyer, two. Hay played but did not score.

Whiteman led Central with 10 points. Wallace added eight; Hamilton, seven; Phillips, seven; Hedrick, six; Pratt, four; Girard, two; and West two.

The Huskies face Newport Saturday on the road and then play Newport at home on Tuesday, for their last home game. Their final game will be at Central on Feb. 22.

The Val-Co will send three teams to state playoffs. The fourth-place team will play the third-place team for seeding. The winner will play the second-place team. Those playoffs begin on Feb. 26.

Newport leads the league with a 6-1 record, followed by Philomath, 6-3; Sweet Home, 5-3; Central, 2-6; and Taft, 1-7.

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