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Culver is getting quality starts but the early momentum not enough to win games against South Wasco, Colton

LON AUSTIN  - Logan Macy controls the ball for Culver against South Wasco County. The Culver boys basketball team dropped three games last week, falling 64-47 in a non-league game against South Wasco County on Monday, then dropping league games against Colton and Sheridan by scores of 46-43 and 74-53, respectively.

Culver got off to a great start against South Wasco, leading 28-24 at the half. However, the second half was all Redsides as South Wasco outscored the Bulldogs 40-19.

"Turnovers and rebounds were the two things that really hurt us and allowed them to take the lead," said Culver head coach John Spinelli.

Culver was led by Luke Spinelli with 23 and Logan Macy with 15, while South Wasco was led by Garrett Olson with 29.

Against Colton, the Bulldogs once again got off to a good start, taking a 23-22 halftime lead. The two teams traded baskets in the third quarter, but Colton did just enough in the fourth quarter to pull out the narrow victory.

"It was a close game all the way down to the final second," coach Spinelli said. "It was a tie score with under 20 seconds left. We gave up two offensive rebounds on free throws for the winning points."

Spinelli led Culver in scoring with 18, while Macy was also in double figures with 10. Peter Miranda also had a solid offensive game, pitching in with seven points.

Colton did most of their damage from long range, knocking down seven three-point shots in the game. Colton's Cody Tiana led all scorers with 20.

The Bulldogs looked tired on Wednesday and got off to a slow start as Sheridan took a 22-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. Sheridan continued to extend their lead in the second quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 21-11 in the period to take a 43-23 halftime lead.

Culver played closer in the second half, but could never mount a serious rally.

"It was a tough game tonight," coach Spinelli said following the loss. "We ran up against a big, physical team that killed us on the backboards and also hit a lot of three-pointers."

Once again, Spinelli led Culver in scoring with 22, while Macy was also in double figures with 14. Gael Pineda also had a solid game, scoring nine points for the Bulldogs. Gavin Anderson led Sheridan in scoring with 19 points, while Randy Gibson added 17.

Culver is off until Thursday when they are on the road at Salem Academy in their only game this week.

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