Gladstone guys force 41 turnovers in a 63-32 rout of the Fishermen

Gladstone was dominant on Friday in its final tuneup for the Tri-Valley Conference boys basketball season, a 63-32 rout of Astoria, in a game played at Astoria.

In one of their better defensive performances of the season, the Gladiators forced 41 turnovers. They allowed the Fishermen just 14 baskets (out of 34 attempts) and they won the battle on the glass, out-rebounding their hosts 26-19.

Fourteen Gladstone players saw action and the starters played less than half a game, as the Gladiators rolled to a 21-6 advantage in the first quarter alone.

Handsome Smith (7 steals), Austin Galvin (6 steals) and Trevor Browning (4 steals) headed up the defensive effort.

Ryun Gibson tallied 19 points to lead 10 Gladstone players who contributed points to the winning tally.

Ryan Fowler (11 points) set the tone for the game, going 5-for-8 from the field and scoring all his baskets in the first quarter. Fowler and E.J. Penn both had four assists.

It was the lowest scoring game in 13 outings this season for the Fishermen.

It was the 10th win in 12 games for the Gladiators.

“What pleased me the most [about the Astoria game] was we played with good energy in the game, and we played with good energy in practices leading up to the game,” said Gladstone coach Ted Yates. “That was missing during Christmas break.”

Ranked fourth in the state in the OSAA RPI rankings, the Gladiators were to begin the Tri-Valley Conference season on Tuesday, playing third-ranked La Salle (10-2) at La Salle. Gladstone returns home on Friday, hosting Estacada (4-9).

Yates said in advance of the La Salle game: “It’s going to be interesting to see how the match-ups shape up. Last year, physically and quickness-wise, we matched up well. This year we’re a little quicker and they’re a little taller.... It will be interesting to see if quickness or tallness wins out.”

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