ELMIRA — Philomath High turned what had been a close game with Sweet Home into a blowout in a matter of minutes.

The Warriors can credit their defense for that.

Sweet Home had trouble handling Philomath’s pressure and traps late in the game, and the Warriors ran away with a 59-44 win at Elmira’s holiday boys basketball tournament.

Philomath (4-4) turned 14 second-half turnovers by Sweet Home (5-5) into numerous easy transition baskets Friday afternoon, outscoring the Huskies 31-12 over the last 12-plus minutes after Sweet Home held a 32-28 lead.

“We pride ourselves on defense. That’s how we get on to offense. We use our defense to score,” said Philomath point guard Nolan Jackson, who had a game-high 22 points. “It took us until about the fourth quarter, really, to kick it into gear.”

Tyler Pfarrer added nine points and Marshall Brattain eight for Philomath, which has won three of four after a 1-3 start.

Keegan Holly had 12 points, Andrew Freitag nine and Casey Tow eight for Sweet Home, which had a two-game winning streak snapped.

Both teams’ coaches said it’s challenging to get players ready for holiday-season games, particularly ones that start at 12:30 p.m. as Friday’s did.

Philomath was coming off a 67-50 loss to Mountain View late Thursday afternoon. In a fast-paced effort, Sweet Home defeated Madras 90-76 in another tournament game Thursday night.

“I think our guys did a good job of not being too tired early on, but then I thought it caught up with us,” Huskies coach Drew Emmert said. “Then we weren’t fundamental and making good passes.”

Sweet Home finished with 24 turnovers and Philomath 14.

Calvin Snuggerud’s conventional three-point play in the closing seconds of the third gave the Warriors the lead for good at 35-34.

Jackson had nine points at halftime and didn’t score in the third period before getting 13 in the fourth, nearly all off the defense of him and his teammates.

He scored the first four points of the final period to cap an 11-2 run. Pfarrer had four points in a 9-0 run later in the quarter that stretched Philomath’s lead to 12.

The Warriors forced nine Husky errors in the fourth quarter.

“That’s kind of what we want to see, is our defense translating into offense,” Philomath coach Blake Ecker said. “We came out flat, not excited, not much energy or effort, the way we’re supposed to do. Something clicked a little bit in the fourth quarter — ‘OK, we’re going to get some steals’ — and it kind of steamrolled.”

Holly and his teammates found holes in the Philomath defense early on, jumping out to a 12-6 lead after one quarter.

A Hayden Nichol steal resulting in a Holly layin finished a 6-0 run that put Sweet Home up eight.

Jackson and Holly traded 3-pointers before the Warriors ran off nine straight points to take their first lead. Brattain’s three-point play gave Philomath a 24-23 advantage.

Sweet Home scored the final four points of the half to lead 27-24 at the break.

A Nichols three-point play and Nathan Virtue’s offensive rebound and basket gave the Huskies a four-point advantage before Philomath’s pressure got to the Huskies.

In the loss to Mountain View, the Warriors got into a 31-19 hole by halftime. Chase McClain scored 21 and Matt Van Tassell had 20 for the 5A Cougars.

Jackson led PHS scorers with 15, which included 7 of 12 on free throws. Kenan Conner and Brattain each tossed in a dozen points.


Mountain View 67, Philomath 50


Thursday at Elmira

PHILOMATH (3-4)            13     6   15   16 — 50

MOUNTAIN VIEW (5-3)     21   10   12   24 — 67

Philomath: Nolan Jackson 4 7-12 15, Kenan Conner 4 3-4 12, Marshall Brattain 6 0-1 12, Ethan Manning 2 0-2 5, Calvin Snuggerud 0 2-2 2, Tyler Pfarrer 1 0-0 2, Matt Hamilton 1 0-0 2, Cory Stephens 0 0-0 0, Toby Stueve 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 12-21 50.

Mountain View: Chase McClain 5 9-10 21, Matt Van Tassell 8 4-5 20, Grant Jordan 3 1-2 8, Austin Fields 3 0-1 6, Taiton Fox 2 0-0 4, Ian Amoroso 1 2-2 4, Storm Scott 1 2-2 4, Sawyer DeMeyer 0 0-0 0, Kyle Peterson 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 18-22 67.


Philomath 59, Sweet Home 44


Friday at Elmira

PHILOMATH (4-4)         6   18   11   24 — 59

SWEET HOME (5-5)     12   15     7   10 — 44

Philomath: Nolan Jackson 9 4-4 22, Tyler Pfarrer 2 3-4 9, Marshall Brattain 3 2-3 8, Matt Hamilton 3 1-1 7, Kenan Conner 2 2-2 6, Calvin Snuggerud 1 1-1 3, Toby Stueve 1 0-0 2, Ethan Manning 1 0-0 2, Cory Stephens 0 0-0 0, Ben Reams 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 13-15 59.

Sweet Home: Keegan Holly 5 0-0 12, Hayden Nichol 1 1-1 3, Nathan Virtue 1 2-2 4, Casey Tow 2 4-4 8, Zach Luttmer 2 0-0 4, Jake Swanson 2 0-0 4, Andrew Freitag 4 0-0 9, Zach Zanona 0 0-0 0, Colton Smith 0 0-0 0, Trey Lucero 0 0-0 0.


Junior Varsity


Philomath 71, Sweet Home 44

Friday at Elmira

PHILOMATH        18   22   14   17 — 71

SWEET HOME     12   10   13     9 — 44

PHS scoring: Michael Lundy 29, Dylan Bennett 11, Devan Hunsaker 10, Ben Reams 7, Daniel Lundy 6, Brody Hiner 6, Brandn Vogler 2, Duane Hellesto 1, Dylan Edwards 0, Mason Howard 0.

Team notes: Philomath's JV record went to 5-1 after splitting two games in Elmira. ... The JV Warriors dropped their first game of the season to Mountain View, 37-36. ... Philomath struggled early and trailed by nearly 20 points before rallying late. The Warriors had a chance to get the win at the end but couldn't convert. ... Individual scoring was not available from that game. ... On Friday's win, coach Eddie Van Vlack said "we played our best game of the year, beating a talented Sweet Home team soundly." ... Philomath had a short-handed roster vs. Sweet Home with a couple of players out of position. ... Michael Lundy was on fire with 29 points. ... The Warriors led 40-22 by halftime. ... Philomath's next game is scheduled for Jan. 3 against Marshfield.


Junior Varsity II


Mountain View 61, Philomath 29

Thursday at Elmira

MOUNTAIN VIEW     14   20   17   10 — 61

PHILOMATH              9   12     3     5 — 29

PHS scoring: Dylan Edwards 10, Dillon Olsen 6, Jaden Williams 6, Mason Howard 3, Levi Knutson 2, Taylor Couture 2, Antoine Feld 0, Grant Hellesto 0, JJ Rutledge 0, Hunter Kaumanns 0, Chris Hamilton 0, Matt Workman 0, Pablo Gurturbay 0, Emil Tutt-Lamberty 0.


Philomath 43, Sweet Home 28


Friday at Elmira

SWEET HOME     7     7   11     3 — 28

PHILOMATH      12   13     6   12 — 43

PHS scoring: Dylan Edwards 15, Taylor Couture 8, Jaden Williams 8, Levi Knutson 4, Chris Hamilton 4, JJ Rutledge 2, Pablo Gurturbay 2, Dillon Olsen 0, Grant Hellesto 0, Mason Howard 0, Hunter Kaumanns 0, Matt Workman 0, Emil Tutt-Lamberty 0.

Team notes: The JVII team goes to 4-4 on the season after splitting two games in Elmira Thursday and Friday. ... Dylan Edwards had 10 of the team's 29 points against Mountain View, an effort that included two 3-pointers and at least one basket in each quarter. ... Against Sweet Home, the JVII Warriors built a double-digit lead by halftime and after the opponent pulled to within six heading into the fourth, Philomath finished strong with a 12-3 run. ... Five different players scored on the fourth-quarter run. ... Edwards scored 12 of his 15 in the first half. ... Philomath will next play Jan. 3 at home against Marshfield.

Brad Fuqua of the Philomath Express contributed to this story.

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