Turnovers plague boys basketball as Sweet Home falls to 1-4

Benny Westcott

Sweet Home boys basketball (1-4) was unable to find the win column last week.

On Tuesday they fell 50-25 at home to #14 Molalla (3-2).

“We didn’t defend, run our stuff or rebound very well,” Head Coach Drew Emmert said of the contest. He added that the Indians “shot very well.”

Senior Eddie Martinez and Sophomore Nathan Aker were the leading scorers in the game, with nine points apiece.

Martinez shot 3-12 from the field, while Aker, who also pulled in a team leading seven rebounds, went 3-10.

The Huskies turned the ball over 23 times while only forcing nine takeaways.

Over the weekend, the team took part in the Junction City Les Schwab Holiday Classic. On Friday, they lost to tournament host Junction City (4-0, #3 in state) 57-22.

“They’re a really good team, and we didn’t play at their level, playing at their place on the road,” Emmert said.

Sophomore Vegas Mauer was the team’s leading scorer with five points, going 2-3 from the field with a three pointer.

Martinez, Aker, and junior Von James each had four. Junior Evan Towry managed to pull down a team leading four offensive rebounds.

The Huskies shot 30.0% from the field compared to 43.4% shooting for the Tigers. The Huskies turned the ball over 18 times, but only forced two.

The next day the Huskies fared better against Klamath Union (3-1), but still lost by a score of 44-33.

“We played a lot better in that game,” Emmert said. His team was down just one going into the fourth quarter.

“Then we ran out of gas,” the coach noted. “We need to be tougher.”

Senior Russell Holly had a big day of basketball, scoring 17 points on 7-23 shooting and nailing two three pointers. Towry scored seven on 3-5 shooting. James led the team with eight rebounds.

Sweet Home again lost the turnover battle, giving the ball away 13 times while forcing nine.

This week Sweet Home has two road games.

On Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 5:45 p.m. they play Marist Catholic (2-1).

Then on Friday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. the Huskies square off against Harrisburg (3-2).