Sandy boys pick up win at 'The Eight'
The Eight tournament â€” first round
HILLSBORO — The Sandy boys basketball team traded punches with Mount Spokane early in the game, but quickly fell back in an 89-54 loss to open 'The Eight' tournament sponsored by Les Schwab on Thursday night.
The Pioneers gained the upper hand for the first time at 7-6 when Pierce Roeder got bumped off his initial drive to the basket, but regathered the ball and went into his defender to put a shot off the glass.
The teams would trade the lead four times in the opening minutes before Mount Spokane ended the first quarter up 19-11.
The Wildcats found repeated success by feeding the ball to center Tyson Degenhart, who also created plays of his one, including a steal that he took the distance for a 33-15 lead midway through the second quarter.
Roeder supplied a Sandy highlight when he went high into the air to pick off a pass at halfcourt, quickly sending the ball ahead to Kaleb Hubbard, who was alone under the basket for an easy two.
But it was too much Degenhart for Mount Spokane. He slid along the baseline and scored his ninth bucket of the first half to send the Wildcats into the locker room with a 46-24 lead. He finished with 26 points on 13 of 16 (81.2%) shooting.
Mount Spokane grew their lead to 57-26 after scoring on its first five trips of the second half, highlighted when Degenhart came up with a steal and flung the ball ahead for JoJo Anderson, who took off for an apparent layup only to leave the ball high over his shoulder. Degenhart swooped in on the fancy assist to finish the fast break.
Roeder gave Sandy fans reason to cheer with 3s on back-to-back possessions, the second one coming from deep near the scorer's table. He finished with a game-high 29 points.
Mount Spokane went on to win the tournament 75-57 over Pacifica Christian in Saturday's championship game.
The Pioneers picked up their only win of the tournament 72-66 over Western Christian out of Salem in a consolation game Friday. Sandy scored 21 points in the third quarter to build a 59-50 lead into the fourth. Tanner Brewster finished with a double-double (23 points, 17 rebounds), while Hubbard did the same (11 points, 12 rebounds).
Sandy finished the tournament with a 92-56 loss to Sherwood in Saturday's consolation finale. The Bowmen raced to a 32-point halftime lead and its starting five combined to hit 20 of 38 (52.6%) of their shots.
Roeder led the Pioneers with 20 points.
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The Mount Hood Conference schedule starts Thursday night with Gresham traveling to Central Catholic for a girls/boys doubleheader. Most teams open league Friday, including Sandy at Clackamas with the boys varsity set for a 6 p.m. tip-off and the girls game to follow.
Returning players among the top-five scorers in league last season, led by Barlow's senior backcourt duo of Jesse White and Evan Inglesby. Also back is Sandy guard Pierce Roeder and Gresham forward Ethan Abrahamson.
Barlow's spot in the OSAA 6A rankings — the only Mount Hood school in the top 20. The Bruins are 7-2 with a highlight win at No. 6 Tualatin.
Ranking for Central Catholic (6-2) heading into Thursday's league opener at home against Gresham. The Rams' only losses came to out-of-state powerhouses at the Les Schwab Invitational.
Number of boys games that were decided by 5 points or fewer last season. Central Catholic went 5-0 in their close calls, winning twice in overtime.
Number of home games for the Gresham boys this season due to construction of a new gym. The Gophers will be using Barlow High's gym on game nights.
This story is slated for our Jan. 8, print edition.
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