The Pioneers beat the Cardinals by double-digits despite only playing with half of the team.

GRESHAM OUTLOOK: MATT RAWLINGS - Caden McCowen looks to beat his man off the dribble in Corbett's 50-40 loss to Sandy.

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Corbett proved that they could hang with Sandy for most of the game, but inconsistent offensive play came back to haunt the Cardinals in the end.

Despite 29 points from Dylan Paintner, Corbett still fell 50-40 at home in a summer league contest against the Pioneers.

"My guys played hard and they competed all the way through, we just had too many lapses on offense," Corbett head coach Don Carter said. "But we were still able to make some adjustments as we went and we had some guys step up."

Neither team was rolling with a full squad entering into this game. Corbett's Cole Rolens and Spencer Ziese — both starters on last year's team — missed the game due to injury. Sandy, on the other hand, had a split squad, with half of the team playing at Corbett and half the team playing at Madison — Sandy won the Madison contest as well.

It was an ugly first half as both teams struggled to find any kind of rhythm offensively. Colton Gorski led the way for Sandy with nine points in the half, but Sandy clung to just an 18-15 lead at the break.

"It's good when you can hold a team to 15 points in a half, but we were obviously looking for more scoring," Sandy assistant coach Jason Roeder said. "Our team defense was really solid. We did a good job of taking away their inside stuff."

While the Pioneers couldn't get much going in their half-court set, picking up the tempo really helped their offensive production in the second half. Sandy picked up the tempo and went on a 14-3 run to take a 32-18 lead. The spurt was highlighted by a tomahawk jam by Gorski in transition.

Look for extended coverage in the June 12 print edition.

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