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The Watchmen boys were without key player Jacob McClatchey in their 60-39 loss to Falls City

C.S. Lewis Academy boys basketball picked up a win and suffered a loss in its past two games, slipping a bit in the league standings and leaving room for St. Paul and Perrydale to pull ahead.

The Watchmen lost their first of two games – against Falls City on Jan. 16 – thanks in large part to the unlucky absence of one of its best players. During tip off against the Mountaineers, 6-foot-4 post Jacob McClatchey was accidentally struck in the chin by an opposing player, causing him to bite his tongue and require stitches.

McClatchey didn't return to the contest, resulting in a severe lack of interior defense for C.S. Lewis as it fell behind 30-4 at one point.

"They came out ready to play and I don't know if we were ready or not, but when McClatchey went down we were not ready at all," C.S. Lewis coach Brett Vernon said. "We had a 5-0 run to end the half and cut it to 30-9 at half, and with about four minutes to go in the fourth we cut it to 12, but they just finished us off."

The final score was 60-39 in favor of Falls City. Vernon said his team responded, however, and came out strong against Oregon School for the Deaf on Jan. 19.

The Watchmen won 69-23 and had the game in hand throughout. Although OSD was without its best player due to an ankle injury, Vernon said the game was one his team figured would be winnable – even as McClatchey recovers from his tongue injury.

"We definitely came to play against OSD," he said. "They really were locked in for that one."

McClatchey returned for the team's next game against Willamette Valley Christian on Tuesday and should play at Perrydale on Thursday. The Perrydale game is likely to be pivotal in the league standings, as the Watchmen (12-6, 8-2 Casco League) sit a half-game back of the Pirates at this point.

Girls

The C.S. Lewis girls team has had a rough season with only five players on its roster, but the Watchmen picked up another win last week to improve to 2-7 in league, 3-11 overall.

After a 24-12 loss to Crosshill Christian and a 41-23 defeat at the hands of Falls City, C.S. Lewis beat Oregon School for the Deaf 33-25 on Jan. 19. According to Vernon, the team is improving and has been led by post Jamie Wooding, who consistently puts up double-digit blocks.

"It was just a good team effort," Vernon said. "All five girls scored five or more points, led by Jamie Wooding with eight points and 11 blocks. It's nice seeing different players step up given our situation.

"These girls come to work every single day ready to get better. That can be tough, but they see that they're getting better."

The Watchmen girls played Tuesday and will face Perrydale on Thursday. They hope to pick up another win or two as the season enters its twilight. C.S. Lewis will graduate one of its five players – guard Ally Trowbridge – after this season.


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