The first time Philomath and Cascade met this season, the Warriors battled back from a double-digit deficit for a 55-49 victory on the road. In the rematch on Wednesday night in the PHS gym, the Warriors were again trying to climb out of a hole. This time, Cascade held on to post a 50-42 win.
The Warriors lost for the first time this season with their record now at 5-1. Unfortunately for Philomath, the game counted in the conference standings while the first meeting did not.
“They hit a lot of shots and they beat us, they just beat us in a lot of facets of the game,” PHS head coach Blake Ecker said. “They had some open looks, they had some tough looks that they hit. When teams get confident and start feeling it, they’re going to hit shots.”
Philomath’s Michael Lundy scored 62% of the team’s points, a performance that included three consecutive 3-pointers in the first quarter. Lundy drained 3s at the 7:06, 5:08 and 3:21 marks for a 9-3 Warriors lead.
Cascade’s 6-foot-10 junior Dom Ball ended his team’s early scoring drought with a slam dunk with 3 minutes left in the opening quarter. The Cougars seemed to get fired up from that point and after trailing 13-9 after the first, they went on an 11-0 run to start the second.
“They didn’t miss many shots tonight,” Ecker said.
The ball bounced a different way for the Warriors and by halftime, the home team trailed 27-18. In the third quarter, the Cougars appeared as though they might pull away for good by building a 14-point lead.
But that was not the case with Philomath putting together one final push to try to pull off what would’ve been an impressive comeback. The Warriors went on a 10-0 run to open the fourth quarter and cut the deficit to 44-40 with 2:14 remaining.
Lundy scored seven of the 10 points during that run and two more came on an impressive move by Chad Russell to get around the 6-10 Ball for a basket. Ty May hit a free throw to bring Philomath to within four.
Cascade had answers the rest of the way, however, with Philomath scoring only two more points with 1:06 left on a couple of May free throws.
“We got our daubers down, no doubt, right from the get-go and had a hard time getting back into the ballgame,” Ecker said. “We could’ve cut it to one and missed two lay-ins late but at least we did give ourselves a little bit of a chance.”
Lundy finished with 26 points and had five 3-pointers. May battled through foul trouble and sat for long stretches of the second half. The team was without Chase Beardsley, who had to sit out after getting whistled for two technical fouls in Tuesday’s win over Newport.
Senior guard Carson Molan scored 18, junior Kellen Sande had 11 and Ball also finished with 11 for the Cougars (5-2).
Philomath will see action on the road Friday at Sweet Home. The Huskies will enter the game with a 3-4 record, losing twice earlier this week in overtime to Cascade and by 25 at Woodburn.
Cascade 50, Philomath 42
Wednesday, June 2, at Philomath HS
|3-Point Goals: Cascade 6 (Molan 3, Sande 3), Philomath 6 (Lundy 5, Matthews)|
Fouled Out: May
Total Fouls: Cascade 14, Philomath 17
Philomath 52, Cascade 34
Wednesday, June 3, at Philomath HS
|JV GAME NOTES|
|The JV team’s record goes to 5-0 on the season. … Philomath scored consistently throughout the game with 12 to 15 points in each quarter. … Mark Grimmer led the Warriors with 25 points on nine field goals, including two 3-pointers, and 5 of 5 free throws. Grimmer scored 10 in the third quarter. … Preston Kramer hit double digits as well with 11 points with six of those in the first quarter. … The JV team is scheduled to play Friday at Sweet Home. … The JV2 team did not play Wednesday.|
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