Prep Boys Basketball: Big second half propels Sutherlin past South Umpqua
MERLIN — Sutherlin rebounded from a horrid shooting day Thursday to hit eight 3-pointers Friday and run away from South Umpqua, 67-30, in the Evergreen Bank Christmas Classic Basketball Tournament at North Valley High School in Merlin.
Sutherlin (7-4) scored only 25 in its loss to Marshfield on Thursday. Against S.U., the Bulldogs pulled away from a five-point lead entering the third quarter by scoring 24 points, to take a 46-21 lead after three.
The Bulldogs had three players in double figures led by Riley Westbrooks, a transfer from South Umpqua, with 16, including three 3-pointers. Mason Gill had 15 and Brandon Car added 14 with four 3-pointers.
The Lancers were missing five players due to illness and injuries, but still kept it close into the third quarter.
“I give a lot of credit to South Umpqua, they just battled and did everything they could to stay in the game,” said Sutherlin coach Willis New. “But we came out in the third and kind got things going defensively, and we hit some shots and all of a sudden it kind of cascades.”
South Umpqua (3-6) was led by Jonathan Warner with 12 points.
Sutherlin will play for the consolation title against Hidden Valley, a 59-56 overtime survivor over Phoenix, at 3:45 p.m. Saturday at North Valley High School.
South Umpqua will play for 7th place against Phoenix at 12:15 p.m. also at North Valley in Merlin.
SUTHERLIN (67 ) — Riley Westbrooks 16, Gill 15, Carr 14, Christianson 7, Daniels 6, Hope 5, Bailey 2, Horn 2, Hagar, Merrifield. Totals 28 3-5 67.
SOUTH UMPQUA (30 ) — Jonathan Warner 12, Wylie 6, Roberts 4, Lee 3, Thatcher 2, Wilson 2, Jaynes 1, Hammond, McFadden. Totals 10 6-14 30.
3-Point Goals — Suth. 8 (Carr 4, Westbrooks 3, Hope) S. Ump. 4 (Wylie 2, Roberts, Lee). Total Fouls — Suth. 15, S. Ump. 6. Fouled out — None.