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PHS boys basketball: Calvin Snuggerud

Philomath's Calvin Snuggerud goes to the hoop in a game from earlier this season. Snuggerud was one of three Warriors to hit double digits for scoring in Saturday's win over Palmer (Alaska).

The Philomath High School boys basketball team pulled out a 46-43 win Saturday over Palmer (Alaska) for third place in the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic.

Three Warriors hit double figures to account for 80 percent of the team’s scoring. Marshall Brattain led the way with 16 points on six baskets and 4 of 6 free throws. Ethan Manning threw in 11 on four field goals and 3 of 4 free throws and Calvin Snuggerud had 10 on four buckets and 2 of 7 free throws.

Philomath had close games in all three of its tournament appearances.

“We just seem to find a way to allow teams to come back and get into the ballgame every game,” Ecker said. “It doesn’t matter who we play.”

Philomath allowed just three points in the first quarter against Palmer but led just 19-13 at halftime. The Warriors took a seven-point advantage into the fourth quarter and held off attempts by Palmer to get back into it.

“Tonight, we kinda just played even, we don’t have that killer instinct,” Ecker said. “We start to play well and do some things but then we’ll have some silly mistakes and it’ll cost us.”

Philomath came through at the free-throw line in the win over Palmer by making 14 of 22 — not stellar numbers but yet an improvement from some previous efforts. “We did OK shooting the basketball (from the field) but it’s just one of those things where we didn’t hold them off,” Ecker said.

Philomath had to regroup after the disappointing loss to Ketchikan Friday night. The King Salmon pulled out a victory on the strength of 11 3-pointers, six from one player alone.

“We didn’t do our jobs and defend the shooter very well,” Ecker said. “We got down 10 and came back and played well, played hard.”

If Ecker sounds concerned about Philomath’s ability to close out games, it could be a factor in Oregon West Conference play. The Warriors will be competing with some exceptional competition in the league with every school currently sporting winning records. Four schools are ranked in the OSAA’s top 10. As a result, playing a clean game will be important.

The first test arrives Jan. 4 when Stayton visits the PHS gymnasium.

“It’s a grind … we’ll get back and prepare for Stayton and they’re really good,” Ecker said. “But I’m glad we came up there. It’s always good for the boys to have a good time.”


Philomath 46, Palmer (Alaska) 43


Saturday at Ketchikan, Alaska

PALMER (1-4)           3   10   10   20 — 43

PHILOMATH (8-3)     8   11   11   16 — 46

Palmer: Lavar Marshall 8 2-3 21, Carson Helm 3 0-0 8, Dae Osiensky 2 2-4 8, Ronny Mashall 1 2-2 4, Caden Brown 1 0-0 2, Amigag McLean 0 0-0 0, Jacob Titus 0 0-0 0, Joe Rankin 0 0-0 0, James Rogers 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 6-10 43.

Philomath: Marshall Brattain 6 4-6 16, Ethan Manning 4 3-4 11, Calvin Snuggerud 4 2-7 10, Michael Lundy 2 1-1 5, Toby Stueve 0 4-4 4, Duane Hellesto 0 0-0 0, Ben Reams 0 0-0 0, Dylan Bennett 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 14-22 46.

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