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Sandy boys keep share of first place

The Pioneers pick up a double-digit road win at St. Helens


ST. HELENS — In the minutes before halftime, it looked like Sandy was putting together another impressive performance on the road, leading St. Helens by sixteen points and scoring at will. Midway through the third quarter, all that was different: Cody Teyama had found his stroke.

The senior guard hit from distance in front of his bench. Then he hit again in front of the students. Then from the top of the arc. And by the time he cooled off, the Lions were more than within striking distance, they had the Pioneers sweating.

Sandy, though, showed why they have lost only twice all year, holding on and pulling away to beat St. Helens 69-56 and moving into a three-way tie with Sherwood and Wilsonville atop the Northwest Oregon Conference. The Pioneers (14-2) host defending league champ Milwaukie at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Sandy, who got balanced scoring across the board, was led by 11 points each from Austin Gorski and Hunter Rowe, who had six points in the final quarter for the Pioneers. Juan Ruiz had nine points, all from beyond the arc. Tanner Long led the Lions with 18.