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Kennedy boys basketball stage come-from-behind victory; Woodburn boys are 3-0, ranked No. 1 by OSAA

Kennedy boys basketball

Junior post Brady Traeger scored three points in the final seconds to lift the Trojans to a 62-61 come-from-behind victory over the defending state finalist Columbia Christian Knights in the championship game of the Kennedy Holiday Classic on Saturday.

Down 61-59 in the final 30 seconds, Traeger hit a driving layup to tie the game with three seconds remaining.

The Knights called a timeout with 0.8 seconds left on the clock and attempted to advance the ball to midcourt for the game-winning shot attempt, but the inbounding player stepped on the baseline and turned the ball over to Kennedy.

On the ensuing play, the Trojans again went to Traeger, who cut to the hoop, received the pass and was fouled with 0.3 seconds on the clock, sending him to the free-throw line.

After making the first attempt, Traeger intentionally missed the second to seal the win.

Traeger finished with 11 points, one of four Kennedy players to reach double figures in the win.

Riley Cantu led the team with 20 points, including six 3-pointers. Luke Hall added 14 and Bruce Beyer scored 10.

Kennedy opened the tournament the night before with a 77-52 win over Weston-McEwen. The Trojans took a 49-24 lead in the first half, led by Hall and Beyer, who finished the game with 20 points each. Traeger added 10, while Cantu and Isaiah Basargin had eight each.

The Trojans opened the week with a 68-57 loss on the road to Trinity Lutheran.

Kennedy (3-1) was scheduled to host defending state champion Western Christian on in the Tri-River League opener on Monday. Kennedy will travel to Culver on Wednesday and Colton on Friday to close out the week.

Woodburn boys basketball

Woodburn remained unbeaten on the season and rose to the top of the OSAA standings after beating Molalla 58-43 on Wednesday, Dec. 11, followed by a 55-30 home victory over 5A Hillsboro on Friday.

The Bulldogs (3-0) were led by junior Jeovanny Marroquin, who had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the victory over Molalla.

Woodburn was scheduled to take on defending 4A state champion Banks at home on Tuesday, followed by a trip tot he North Marion Tournament on Friday and Saturday.


PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Gervais senior Alexander Kalugin scored 18 points in the Cougars home-opener against Yamhill-Carlton on Wednesday, Dec. 11 and 17 points at Blanchet Catholic on Friday, Dec. 13.Gervais boys basketball

Gervais senior Alexander Kalugin had a team-high 18 points, but it wasn't enough to lift the Cougars to their first win of the season in a 52-36 loss at Blanchet on Friday, Dec. 13.

Teammates Xaden Ramon and Michael Toran had seven and six points, respectively, in the loss, as Gervais was unable to recover from a 25-13 deficit at halftime.

Gervais opened the week with an 88-61 loss to Yamhill-Carlton in the Cougars' home opener on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

Kalugin scored a season-high 19 points in the loss and helped Gervais stay within 37-33 at halftime. But the Tigers used a 21-14 edge in the third quarter to build their lead to double digits and dropped 30 points in the fourth quarter to run away with the victory.

Daniel Hernandez added 12 points in the loss, while Toran and Brian Limage each scored eight. Auggie Guido added seven to help Gervais put up their best offensive game of the season.

The Cougars (0-4) were scheduled to play their league opener at Chemawa on Monday, followed by a home game against Santiam on Wednesday. Gervais closes out the week with a trip to Pendleton to take part in the 2A Preview Tournament.


Woodburn girls basketball

After a 2-0 start to the season, the Woodburn girls basketball team dropped their first two games of the year last week.

The Bulldogs opened the week against former 5A Mid-Willamette rival South Albany on Tuesday, Dec. 10, falling 45-43 in a fourth-quarter rally that fell just short.

The Rebels held a 37-21 lead late in the third quarter before Woodburn went on a 14-1 run to pull to within 38-35 with four minutes left in the game. The two teams traded buckets for the remainder of the contest, with senior Taiya Kent scoring a contested layup with 36 seconds left to make it a 44-43 game.

South Albany went 1-for-2 at the line on their next possession, allowing Woodburn to tie or win the game at the buzzer, but sophomore Aria Kent's game-winning runner from 30-feet missed the mark, and the Bulldogs notched their first loss of the season.

Aria Kent led the team with 17 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals in the loss. Taiya Kent had a double-double, netting 16 points and a team-high 12 rebounds to go along with five steals.

Woodburn fell again on Friday, Dec. 13 in a 79-41 loss at Phoenix.

Senior Willow Neshem led the team with 11 points, including a trio of 3-pointers. Aria Kent added 10 points, four assists.

Woodburn (2-2) next plays this weekend at the North Marion Tournament on Friday.

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