Glad guys tame the Huskies

Gladstone High School's fifth-in-the-state ranked boys basketball team continued tough on Feb. 4, cruising to a 52-39 win over North Marion.

It was one of the lowest scoring games of the year for the Huskies, who entered the contest averaging 54 points a game.

The Gladiators led 16-6 after just one quarter and they were up by as many as 20 points by early in the fourth quarter, when Gladstone coach Ted Yates turned the play over to reserves.

“We knew we were playing a good team,” Yates said. “But we did what we do and we did it well. We pressed and we ran. We had 30 fast-break points — off of steals, rebounds and made shots.”

The Gladiators forced 25 turnovers. Ryun Gibson, Trevor Browning and Austin Galvin headed up the defensive effort, each with six steals.

Gibson and Handsome Smith sparked the offense, with 12 assists between them.

Browning (13 points), Justice Fridell (12 points) and Smith led a balanced offensive effort.

Yates said that the defensive play of Smith, Galvin and Browning on North Marion's Kyle Williamson was pivotal in breaking the game open.

“Williamson is one of the better point guards in the league and we had to keep him from dribble penetration,” Yates said. “Handsome, Austin and Trevor did a great job of shutting him down.”

Williamson scored just 9 points, with 5 points in the fourth quarter, after the game was already decided.

The win left the Gladiators (4-1 in league, 14-3 overall) second only to La Salle in the Tri-Valley Conference standings heading into tonight's rematch with La Salle (15-2, 5-0). The top-ranked Falcons won 49-39 in a first-round game between the two teams.

Gladstone plays Estacada (4-14, 0-5) on the road this Friday.

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