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

The Philomath High School boys basketball team cleared an important hurdle in Oregon West Conference play on Friday night with a road victory over a good Woodburn team. The Warriors maintained a slim lead through most of the first half and then pulled away for good in the third quarter to take a 60-49 win.

Philomath has now won six straight games and is off to a 3-0 start in a league full of quality competition.

Junior Ty May and senior Cole Matthews both hit double figures in scoring for the Warriors with 21 and 14 points, respectively.

May, one of two 6-foot-6 forwards in the Warriors lineup, had 15 points on seven field goals, including a 3-pointer, through the first three quarters. And then he made six straight free throws in the fourth for his 21.

Matthews scored his 14 on four field goals and 4 of 7 on free throws, a stat line that included 3-pointers in the second and third quarters.

Philomath (9-3 overall) trailed 4-0 in the opening minutes before going on an 8-0 run. Matthews scored the first points of the night on a fast-break basket and then May followed with a hoop off the glass to tie it. Junior Chad Russell, the other 6-6 forward on the floor for PHS, gave the team a 6-4 lead after scoring on a second-chance shot. May hit again to complete the 8-0 run.

The Warriors extended their 10-9 lead at the end of the first to 27-23 by halftime. Matthews and junior Cole Beardsley both hit from beyond the arc in the second. Beardsley scored five in the quarter and sophomore Jacob Peters came off the bench to hit a couple of baskets.

In the third quarter, Philomath left Woodburn behind with a 20-9 effort. May was potent with nine points, Matthews hit for five and senior Cameron Ordway, sophomore Preston Kramer and Russell all contributed to help Philomath take control.

The Warriors only scored twice from the field in the fourth quarter but May and Matthews saw success at the foul line. Woodburn tried to make a comeback and hit 3-pointers in the final eight minutes but the Philomath lead was too big.

Junior Tony Carrasquillo scored 16 and junior Spencer Karsseboom had 14 for the Bulldogs (11-3 overall, 2-1 Oregon West). The Bulldogs had eight 3-pointers in the game.

Philomath will take a bit of a break from competition before heading to Sisters on Jan. 21.

Philomath 60, Woodburn 49
Friday, Jan. 14, at Woodburn HS

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Woodburn (11-3, 2-1)91491749
10 Cameron Ordway#20-024
11 Cole Matthews#44-7414
13 Ty May#76-8221
30 Cole Beardsley#20-035
53 Chad Russell#20-014
4 Logan Carter00-210
22 Preston Kramer20-014
33 Isaac Lattin00-000
23 Carson Gerding10-002
25 Jacob Peters30-206
# Starter
2 Tomas Veliz#22-228
5 Cruz Veliz#31-229
12 Tony Carrasquillo#72-4416
20 Kaleb Robles#00-030
24 Spencer Karsseboom#50-0214
0 Josciel Rodriguez00-010
1 Esai Carrasquillo00-020
10 Andres Sandoval10-012
30 Dylan Renteria00-000
3 Austin Ramirez00-000
# Starter
3-Point Goals: Philomath 4 (Matthews 2, Beardsley, May), Woodburn 8 (Karsseboom 4, T. Veliz 2, C. Veliz 2)
Fouled Out: None
Total Fouls: Philomath 14, Woodburn 17.
Technicals: None

Woodburn 47, Philomath 46
Friday, Jan. 14, at Woodburn HS

Philomath’s JV team dropped to 4-3 with the one-point loss on the road. … The Bulldogs buried three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help them pull out the victory. … Philomath led 20-14 after the first quarter, 24-23 at halftime and 34-31 going into the fourth. … Sophomore Kaden Muir scored 14 points on five field goals and 4 of 4 on free throws. Muir scored 10 points alone in the first quarter. … Freshman Logan Matthews had nine points and sophomore Conner Harms finished with eight. … The JV team’s next game is scheduled for Jan. 21 at Sisters.

Woodburn 47, Philomath 27
Friday, Jan. 14, at Woodburn HS

The JV2 team falls to 5-4 with the loss on the road. … Statistics from the game were not available. … The team’s next game is set for Jan. 21 at Sisters.