The Philomath High School boys basketball team took care of business on Monday night with a 53-20 victory on the road at Sweet Home.
The No. 1-ranked Warriors (18-2 overall, 7-1 Oregon West) will now prepare for their last two league games with a Thursday evening matchup against Stayton and a Monday night showdown against Cascade.
The No. 8 Eagles come to the PHS gym with a 15-6 record following a 40-point win on Monday over Newport. The No. 3 Cougars beat North Marion on Monday, 74-57, and will host Newport this week before the trip to Philomath. Cascade, which leads the conference with an 8-0 record, beat Philomath 50-49 on Feb. 2.
Against the overwhelmed Huskies, Philomath shot out to a 13-5 lead in the first quarter with five different players finding the scoring column, including two hoops by Chad Russell and a 3-pointer by Kaden Muir.
By halftime, the Warriors had increased their lead to 28-9. Again, five players scored with Brody Bushnell’s five, which included a 3-pointer, and Cole Beardsley’s four leading the way.
The rest of the game unfolded in a similar manner with Philomath steadily outscoring Sweet Home by eight and six points in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.
Jacob Peters scored eight of his team-high 10 points in the third quarter and was the lone player in double figures. Nine players scored for Philomath in the game.
Collin Nicholson led Sweet Home (1-20, 0-8) with 11 points.