The Philomath High School boys basketball team had one of its top offensive evenings of the season and improved to 7-1 in the Oregon West Conference on Tuesday with a 71-41 rout over visiting Woodburn.
The Warriors (13-4 overall) could not be slowed down from the opening tip-off with a 10-point lead by the end of the first quarter and 36-20 at halftime.
“We played well as a team tonight,” PHS coach Blake Ecker said. “I was really happy with our defense. On offense, we got some good transition hoops and found the open man in our half-court sets.”
Senior Carson Gerding had his top scoring performance of the season with 15 points — all coming in the second half. Gerding hit six field goals with half of those being 3-pointers.
Philomath junior Ty May scored 12 points on five baskets, which included two 3-point goals. Junior Chad Russell also had 12 points with four field goals and 4 of 4 on free throws.
Philomath beat Woodburn earlier this season on the road, 60-49.
Bulldogs junior Spencer Karsseboom led his team with 14 points, a performance that included four 3-pointers. Senior Tomas Veliz added 12 for Woodburn, which falls to 5-4 in league play, 14-7 overall.
The Warriors will return to the home court on Thursday with a 7 p.m. game against Newport, a matchup rescheduled out of a postponement from earlier in the season. The Cubs come into the game at 2-5 in league play, 7-11 overall with their last outing on Feb. 4 being a four-point loss to Woodburn.
Philomath 71, Woodburn 41
Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Philomath HS
JUNIOR VARSITY 2
Woodburn 49, Philomath 35