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Senior Trevor Cannon leads a balanced Vikings attack with 20 points en route to the season-opening home win.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Forest Grove's Trevor Cannon goes up for a shot over North Salem defenders during the Vikings' game Tuesday night, Dec. 7, at Forest Grove High School.The Forest Grove boys basketball team got things started with a bang, defeating North Salem 73-58 in their long-awaited season opener Tuesday night, Dec. 7, at Forest Grove High School.

The Vikings used a well-rounded offensive attack to pull away from the Mid-Willamette Conference visitors, who are also the Vikings, with three Forest Grove players scoring in double figures and eight scoring in all.

Senior Trevor Cannon led all scorers with 20 points but was part of a group effort that first-year head coach Marc Roche said his team will lean on going forward.

"I think we can score in a lot of different ways and we have a lot of guys on the bench that shoot the ball real well," the coach said. "I definitely think that will be a strength of ours, being able to share the ball and on different nights, different guys are able to step up."

The Vikes return just two starters from last year's team, Lucas Ellington – who scored 10 points and grabbed six boards in the opener – and Jake Stepenpohl who didn't play due to injury, but expect key contributions from returners Cannon and senior Ryder Davis, along with newcomers Tyler Rebsom, Kaden Clute, and point guards Afton Milton and Ka'ena Kaulia.

Roche said the team has had little time to play and practice since last offseason, and considering him being new to the program and without extended practice time, he was mostly pleased with how the team performed in their first action of the season.

"I wasn't really sure what to expect," Roche said. "We have a lot of things to clean up and certainly plenty of things to continue to work on, but for our first game I'm pretty pleased. We did a good job of moving the ball and finding the open guy, and we were able to get a lead and maintain it."

Forest Grove led 13-8 after a quarter and 36-28 at the half, thanks in large part to Cannon who scored 12 first-half points. That lead grew to 13 after three quarters as Cannon, Davis and Milton combined for 16 points.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Forest Grove's Ryder Davis scans the defense during the Vikings' game Tuesday night, Dec. 7, at Forest Grove High School.It was more of the same in the fourth quarter as the Vikes seemed to further relax, creating transition opportunities off of a swarming defense.

Afterwards, Roche said the lack of rebounding was a concern, but said that's something they'll continue to work on going forward and that's one of the beauty's of this group of players – their willingness to listen and work.

"There are so many coachable moments right now because it's so early and they're getting used to me and our system," Roche said. "But the guys made some nice adjustments tonight and they're so coachable. These guys work and compete."

Box Score

Points

Forest Grove

Trevor Cannon 20

Ryder Davis 17

Lucas Ellington 10

Afton Milton 7

Kaden Clute 7

Charles Funk 6

Ka'ena Kaulia 4

Tyler Rebom 2

North Salem

Justin Hoover 13

Ivan Primbs 11

Jacob Giovanni Ramirez 9

Dalton Ayres 7

Juan Garibay 6

Francisco Hernandez 6

Isaiah Razo 3

Josiah Davis 3


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