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Derek Pederson scored 31 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in win over Ontario

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Molalla senior Derek Pederson scored 31 points against Ontario.

Molalla coach Scott Campbell used an old Mike Tyson quote to describe Saturday's game against Gladstone — "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth."

The Indians lost 64-42 in their final game of the SCTC Holiday Classic at Stayton High School.

"At the start of the game, we had a lot of turnovers and I think that got into our head a little bit," Campbell said. "When we get down or in tight situations and things don't go well, we still need to learn how to keep fighting, and some of that is on me to keep building our team to trust each other and some of that is on some of our guys who have habits of wanting to blame and complain. We've got to work through that."

Molalla finished the game with 23 turnovers and shot just 26 percent from the field.

Derek Pederson scored 19 points to lead the Indians. Mason Simpson added eight points and six rebounds.

The night before, Molalla earned its second win of the season, blowing out Ontario 71-46.

"We tried to get out on them early," Campbell said. "We were pressing. We were hitting shots. We did the things that we do well, and I think that helps with confidence with our guys."

Pederson had 31 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in the victory. Simpson added 17 points and five rebounds.

The Indians opened the tournament Thursday with a 55-43 loss to North Salem.

Simpson had 20 points. Pederson finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.

"We played well," Campbell said. "We were right there and just didn't get it done. I felt like we competed well. Close games magnify little bad habits, not boxing out on free throws, not taking care of the ball and not being patient against their full court press. Those littles things made what could have been a close game get away from us in the last quarter or so."

Molalla (2-7) hosts Yamhill-Carlton this Wednesday and then Astoria on Friday.

"The two biggest challenges we have right now are basketball fundamentals and team culture," Campbell said.

Derek Wiley
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