Heading into Friday's scheduled game against Sisters, the Philomath High boys basketball team was riding a high with back-to-back victories. The Warriors were hoping to keep the momentum going with a home victory over the Outlaws.
But the game didn't happen.
A daunting weather forecast scared Sisters into staying home
"Sometimes, it's nice to get some rest but then again, gosh, I think we're starting to play a little bit better; we're grinding some things out," PHS coach Blake Ecker said. "If we can just take our time a little bit more — that's what we did against Cascade. We're smarter and we played better and if we keep doing those things, we can make some noise."
Philomath rolled over Cascade on the road Thursday night, 53-36, in a game that had been postponed from earlier in the week because challenging weather forced school to be cancelled.
"We played well, we played great as a team," Ecker said. "We played good team defense, good team offense."
In the early going, it's the defense that took center stage. Cascade managed to score just 13 points in the first half and found itself in a 12-point deficit.
"I think we're working hard defensively and really trying to focus on some defense and rebounding and some simple things," Ecker said. "We're really trying hard to do that, no doubt about it."
Philomath starter Michael Lundy, who has been one of the team's top scorers, missed the game with a hurt back, an injury that Ecker believes won't keep the sophomore out of future contests down the stretch. Ethan Manning scored 18 points against the Cougars, a point total that's not uncommon for the senior, but senior Calvin Snuggerud stepped up to score 18, far above his scoring average.
"He did a nice job of controlling the team and taking the drive when he needed to," Ecker said about Snuggerud. "He was smart, cerebral in how he played. I was really happy with him."
Philomath has experienced letdowns when trying to protect leads and Ecker knew the Cougars would make a run. But the Warriors extended their advantage to 17 heading into the fourth and then maintained the lead.
"Every team's going to make a run at you, but we did a good job of withstanding their run, so I was pretty happy," Ecker said. "I thought we played well with our shot selection and understanding that we need to be smarter with how we play."
Cascade sophomore Drake Davis had a team-high 14 points and another sophomore, Carson Molan, added 11.
With the Sisters postponement, the Warriors will go eight days without playing.
"That makes it tough, I want to play, let's go," Ecker said. "We can't have time off like that, it makes it really hard. It's hard to keep kids focused."
Philomath faces Newport at home Friday and the Sisters game was rescheduled for the Warriors' gym for Saturday. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. starts.
Philomath 53, Cascade 36
Thursday at Turner
PHILOMATH (12-8, 4-5) 13 12 13 15 — 53
CASCADE (10-9, 2-6) 4 9 8 15 — 36
Philomath: Calvin Snuggerud 6 6-9 18, Ethan Manning 8 2-2 18, Marshall Brattain 3 3-6 9, Toby Stueve 2 0-0 6, Carter O'Hare 1 0-0 2, Dylan Bennett 0 0-2 0, Duane Hellesto 0 0-0 0, Ben Reams 0 0-0 0, Dylan Edwards 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 11-19 53.
Cascade: Drake Davis 5 4-4 14, Carson Molan 3 3-4 11, Matt-Alex Raney 2 0-0 5, Brandon Starnes 1 0-0 2, Elijah Nolan 1 0-1 2, Ryan Diehl 1 0-0 2, David Kanoff 0 0-0 0, Kellen Sande 0 0-0 0, Ethan Coffey 0 0-2 0, Jake Whisman 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 7-11 36.
Cascade 65, Philomath 58
Thursday at Turner
PHILOMATH 9 15 15 19 — 58
CASCADE 18 19 21 7 — 65
PHS scoring: Garrett Hibbs 14, Dylan Edwards 13, Mark Grimmer 11, Cole Matthews 10, Colby Roe 4, Levi Knutson 2, Jaden Williams 2, Cameron Ordway 2, Dillon Olsen 0, Mason Howard 0.
Team notes: Philomath’s JV goes to 7-7 on the season. … The Warriors got into a nine-point hole by the end of the first quarter before outscoring Cascade 49-47 the rest of the game. ... Garrett Hibbs, a swing player from the JVII squad, scored 14 points on six field goals, including a 3-pointer, and a free throw. ... Dylan Edwards had 13 points on six field goals, one of those a 3-pointer. ... Mark Grimmer scored 11 on five field goals, including a 3-pointer. ... Cole Matthews had 10 points on three field goals, including a 3-pointer, and 3 of 3 on free throws. ... Philomath plays Friday at home against Newport.
Junior Varsity II
Philomath 52, Cascade 50
Thursday at Turner
PHILOMATH 17 9 15 11 — 52
CASCADE 13 11 9 17 — 50
PHS scoring: Logan Carter 13, Marcos Garcia 12, Cameron Ordway 8, Isaac Lattin 6, Dylan Bell 5, Micah Poole 3, Garrett Hibbs 3, Caleb Jensen 2, Carson Gerding 0, Alek Russell 0, Braeden Riley 0, Noah Aynes 0.
Team notes: Philomath’s JVII team improves to 14-1 on the season. … Philomath led 26-24 at halftime and took a 41-33 lead into the fourth. ... Logan Carter scored a team-high 13, a total that included three 3-pointers. ... Marcos Garcia scored in every quarter and finished with 12. ... Philomath hit seven 3-pointers in the game. Besides the three by Carter, others hitting treys included Cameron Ordway with two, and Micah Poole and Dylan Bell with one apiece. ... Cascade's Nick Olheiser scored 21 points. ... The JV team plays at home Friday against Newport.