Carson Gerding
PHS senior Carson Gerding scored a game-high 15 points on Tuesday against Woodburn. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

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


Woodburn 49, Philomath 35