Gresham can't keep up with Sandy
Sandy and Gresham looked like a pair of offensive juggernauts in their summer league contest on Tuesday night, with both teams shooting incredibly well from the field.
In the end, Sandy was a little more superior at getting the ball in the hole as they beat the Gophers 87-79 at Gresham High School.
"Our kids did a great job of moving the ball," Sandy head coach Jason Maki said. "It was something we stressed a lot coming into the week and we kept the it popping for most of the game."
Colton Gorski was the one who got things going for Sandy in the early stages, scoring eight points in the first two minutes of the first quarter to give the Pioneers the 11-3 advantage.
Gresham responded with a pair of 3-pointers from Ethan Abrahamson and a tough jumper by Daello-Portin Chapman — who is transferring over from Barlow for his senior season. But the Gophers struggled to contain Sandy's shooters on defense as the Pioneers led 24-17 after one quarter.
"Sandy outplayed us tonight and they deserved to win. We played no defense whatsoever," Gresham head coach Erik Lyslo said. "If we are going to turn a corner and be a team that is contention next year, we have to find a way to defend better."
The second period featured a three-point barrage with both teams feeling it from the outside. Kaleb Hubbard and Pierce Roeder started the quarter off by nailing back-to-back treys for Sandy. Gresham, however, came back with two straight triples from Abrahamson and Portin-Chapman.
Hubbard had 13 points in the period, while Abrahamson poured in 16 points as both players showed off their superior offensive skill-sets during this eight-minute stretch.
"Ethan is a first-team all-conference type of player," Lyslo said. "He is one of the best shooters in the state. We're going to ride him a lot next year. He's definitely going to be our guy."
Gorski got back in on the action with 30 seconds left in the quarter, hitting a deep triple to extend Sandy's lead to 47-40 at the break.
The Pioneers went on an 8-0 run to start the second half, taking a commanding 15-point lead. However, slowly but surely, Gresham started to creep back into the game.
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