Gophers start second cycle with landslide win
6A BOYS BASKETBALL
Mount Hood Conference
The Gresham boys basketball team blitzed Reynolds from the opening tip to score an 80-33 win Wednesday night.
The Gophers used aggressive defense to force a batch of early turnovers, starting with Sam Igbonagwam diving to the floor to finish a steal. While still laying on the hardwood, he whipped a pass out to teammate Ethan Abrahamson, who rumbled through the lane for a layup.
Several minutes later, Abrahamson poked loose his third steal of the quarter and took it the distance. On the next trip, Abrahamson went on the attack again, slicing through two defenders and getting a shot up despite heavy contact. The ball circled the rim once before trickling through the net for a three-point play and a 17-3 Gophers' lead.
Abrahamson would score 13 of his game-high 22 points in the first quarter.
Gresham continued its smothering defense, holding Reynolds scoreless through the second quarter to take a 40-6 lead into the halftime locker room.
"We came out with a lot of energy, were able to set some traps and that led to some easy transition buckets," Abrahamson said. "That set the tone well, and when the subs came into the game, they played with that same energy."
The win puts Gresham into a three-way tie with Central Catholic and David Douglas in the chase for the league's third-and-final guaranteed playoff spot.
"We need to make sure we are playing well and have things clicking for when those big games come around," Abrahamson said.
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REYNOLDS 6 0 16 11 — 33
GRESHAM 22 18 13 27 — 80
Reynolds (33) — Brandon Buffington 11, Guzman 9, Riddle 7, Ramos 4, Hendrickson 2, Coleman, Flores, Stewart, Stilwater, Glenn.
Gresham (80) — Ethan Abrahamson 22, Larson 17, Munyan 8, Sagiao 8, Henkle 5, Pippa-White 5, Igbonagwam 4, Wersch 3, Welch 2, Isaac Clinton 2, Isaiah Clinton 2, Evans 2.
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