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One thing seems certain in this season’s Oregon West Conference — it’s a tough league from top to bottom.

Three days after knocking off a very good Sweet Home team in overtime on the road, Philomath’s boys came home and lost Friday night to Cascade, 69-66.

The Warriors led by as many as 10 in the second quarter and generally held an advantage of around four to six points for most of the first three quarters. But in the fourth, the visiting Cougars came through with key 3-pointers and free throws to pull out the victory.

Philomath coaches and players alike have been frustrated with the results of late, a stretch that includes three losses in their last five outings.

“When things are going good, we look good,” PHS coach Blake Ecker said. “But if there’s any kind of adversity, we fold and it’s very frustrating.”

Philomath led 55-49 with 6:06 remaining in the game before Cascade made a final run to overtake the home team. Sophomore Carson Molan buried a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to three and then freshman Kellen Sande tied the game when he calmly sank three free throws after enduring a rough foul beyond the arc.

About a minute later, junior Ryan Diehl hit a 3-pointer to cap a 9-0 run that gave the Cougars a 58-55 lead with 4:05 left in the game.

Philomath certainly had time to regain its composure over the time that remained and did come back to within one on a Michael Lundy drive to the hoop. But Cascade led the rest of the way and had counterattacks for everything that the Warriors could throw at them.

A key moment in the final minute occurred on a full-court pass for an easy two points. After Philomath missed a free throw and an opportunity to get to within three with 18 seconds left, Cascade rebounded and fired a long pass downcourt to Sande who was wide open under the hoop.

The easy lay-in gave the Cougars a six-point lead to cement the victory.

Philomath’s Lundy, a sophomore, had a big game on the stat sheet with 21 points on six field goals — three of those 3-pointers — and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line. Senior Ethan Manning added 17 points on six field goals and 5 of 6 free throws. And Marshall Brattain returned to the lineup and had 16 points on seven baskets and 2 of 2 free throws.

Cascade (9-4 overall, 1-1 Oregon West) stayed alive with its long-range shooting. The Cougars had 22 baskets on the night — 12 of them were for three points. Four players hit double figures Sande’s 16, Molan’s 15, Elijah Nolan’s 15 and Alex Raney’s 11.

Philomath (9-5, 1-2) plays Tuesday at Sisters.


Cascade 69, Philomath 66


Friday at Philomath

CASCADE (9-4, 1-1)        13   16   17   23 — 69

PHILOMATH (9-5, 1-2)     19   15   16   16 — 66

Visitor: Kellen Sande 5 3-3 16, Elijah Nolan 5 3-3 15, Carson Molan 5 1-4 15, Matt-Alex Raney 4 3-4 11, David Kanoff 2 0-0 6, Ryan Diehl 1 1-2 4, Brandon Starnes 0 2-2 2, Ethan Coffey 0 0-0 0, Jake Whisman 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 13-18 69.

Philomath: Michael Lundy 6 6-7 21, Ethan Manning 6 5-6 17, Marshall Brattain 7 2-2 16, Toby Stueve 3 0-0 7, Calvin Snuggerud 1 1-2 3, Dylan Bennett 0 2-5 2, Duane Hellesto 0 0-0 0, Ben Reams 0 0-0 0, Carter O’Hare 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 16-22 66.


Junior Varsity


Cascade 55, Philomath 50

Friday at Philomath

CASCADE        18     6   12   19 — 55

PHILOMATH     10   13   16   11 — 50

PHS scoring: Colby Roe 14, Mark Grimmer 13, Cole Matthews 11, Dylan Edwards 10, Jaden Williams 2, Dillon Olsen 0, Mason Howard 0, Levi Knutson 0, Carson Gerding 0, Garrett Hibbs 0.

Team notes: Philomath’s JV falls to 4-4 with the loss. … Philomath trailed 18-10 after the first quarter but battled back to within 24-23 by halftime. … The Warriors led 39-36 going into the fourth but the Cougars threw in 19 over the final 8 minutes with nine of those points scored by Bradyn Burgdorff. … Four players hit double figures for the Warriors — those four accounted for 48 of the team’s 50 points. … Colby Roe led with 14 on six field goals and 2 of 6 free throws. … Mark Grimmer scored 13 on four field goals — two of those 3-pointers — and 3 of 7 free throws. … Cole Matthews scored 11 on three baskets, one a 3-pointer, and 4 of 6 free throws. … Dylan Edwards had 10 points on four field goals, one a 3-pointer, and 1 of 2 free throws. … Philomath plays Tuesday at Sisters.


Junior Varsity II


Philomath 37, Cascade 33

Friday at Philomath

CASCADE          5   13     5   10 — 33

PHILOMATH     14     3     8   12 — 37

PHS scoring: Cameron Ordway 9, Garrett Hibbs 9, Carson Gerding 6, Marcos Garcia 4, Isaac Lattin 4, Micah Poole 3, Caleb Jensen 2, Alek Russell 0, Logan Carter 0.

Team notes: Philomath’s JVII squad goes to 9-1 on the season. … Philomath shot out to a 14-5 lead in the first quarter but trailed 18-17 at halftime. … The Warriors came through in the second half to hang on for the win. … Carson Gerding and Garrett Hibbs both hit two baskets in the fourth. … The Warriors made three 3-pointers, all in the first half, on shots by Micah Poole, Hibbs and Cameron Ordway. Ordway’s 3 represented the team’s only points in the second quarter. … The Warriors play Tuesday at Sisters.

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