The Gladstone Gladiators notched two more wins in boys basketball last week, upping their season record to 13-3 (3-1 in the Tri-Valley Conference) with wins over Molalla (65-41) and Madras (57-49).
The sixth-ranked Gladiators had to overcome adversity to get by the White Buffaloes in Fridays game at Madras.
We were without Handsome Smith, our starting point guard, and his backup, E.J. Penn, said Gladstone coach Ted Yates. They were both out sick. To play without your top two point guards and still come away with a win at Madras, I feel pretty good about that.... We had a lot of unforced turnovers, but we found a way.
The Gladiators led most of the way, but the White Buffaloes stayed within striking distance until early in the fourth quarter. Ryan Fowler stole the ball and scored a lay-up and Andy Thompson followed up a Madras turnover with a lay-up to create some separation early in the final period, and the Gladiators were in the drivers seat the rest of the way.
Gladstone had balanced scoring, led by Ryun Gibson (19 points), Austin Galvin (14 points), Fowler (11 points) and Thompson (10 points). It was a career-high for Thompson.
Gibson was a hot-handed 6-for-9 from the field, and the 6-5 senior hauled down 10 rebounds. Fowler was 4-of-6 from the field. Galvin (4 steals) headed up the defense, as the Gladiators forced 27 turnovers.