Cole Matthews
Cole Matthews (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

The Philomath High School boys basketball team put together a strong attack in the second half to pull away from Stayton, 59-46.

The Warriors led by just one point at the intermission but shut down Stayton’s offense in the third quarter and then outscored the visitors in the fourth to improve to 7-3 on the season.

“We didn’t change anything, we just challenged our kids to play hard in the second half,” PHS coach Blake Ecker said. “They stepped up to the plate and did a better job on their best player.”

Stayton junior Jacob Axmaker had 17 points by halftime and was slowed a bit in the second half to finish with 30 on the night.

“We started playing together and passing the ball and got wide-open looks,” Ecker said. “It’s a lot easier to shoot when you have a wide-open shot. We did a much better job tonight in the second half.”

Philomath had a balanced offensive attack on the hardwood with Cole Matthews finishing with 13, Ty May scoring 12 and Chase Beardsley adding 11. Chad Russell with eight and Cole Beardsley with seven also had some key points.

The Warriors took advantage of their opportunities at the free-throw line by going 9 for 9.

Philomath will play at home again Wednesday with Newport scheduled to visit. The Cubs come into the game with a 1-10 record but nearly pulled off an upset on Monday, losing by just two points to Sweet Home.

Philomath 59, Stayton 46
Tuesday, June 15, at Philomath HS
Stayton (3-8)1597152446
Philomath (7-3)141116182559
1-Jacob Axmaker115-6330
5-Henry VanCauteren20-045
10-Cody Leming00-010
12-Gabriel Wigginton31-249
15-Hayden Holm00-000
25-Garrett Callsen10-042
4-Michael Lundy20-004
10-Ty May60-0213
11-Cole Matthews43-3413
13-Chase Beardsley42-2111
22-Dillon Olsen20-004
30-Cole Beardsley14-427
53-Chad Russell40-028
3-Point Goals: Stayton 6 (Axmaker 3, Wigginton 2, VanCauteren), Philomath 4 (Matthews 2, Ch. Beardsley, Co. Beardsley)
Fouled Out: None
Total Fouls: Stayton 16, Philomath 11
Technicals: None

Philomath 54, Stayton 28
Tuesday, June 15, at Philomath HS
The JV team goes to 9-0 on the season. … Preston Kramer had a team-high 11 points on five field goals and a free throw. … Ten different players scored for the Warriors. … The JV team plays Wednesday at home vs. Newport.

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