The nugget. (Sisters, Or.) 1994-current, February 25, 2015, Page 19, Image 19

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    Wednesday, February 25, 2015 The Nugget Newspaper, Sisters, Oregon
Outlaws finish third in league
By Rongi yost
The Outlaws posted a
48-38 win over Elmira at
home on Tuesday, February
17, and three days later,
Sisters lost 42-37, in a battle
for the league title against No.
1 ranked Sutherlin.
On Tuesday, the Outlaws
honored the five seniors on
their squad: Ben Larson,
Connor Schaab, Tysen Gill,
Justin Harrer and Lane
Gladden. Prior to the game,
players escorted their parents
onto the floor and presented
them with flowers.
It was a quiet start for both
teams, but Keegan Greaney
finally got the Outlaws started
when he was fouled on a
three-point attempt. Greaney
made two of the shots and
Sisters was on the scoreboard.
Justin Harrer made a bucket
midway through the quarter,
and Tysen Gill drilled both
his free-throws to wrap up the
first-period scoring and put
the Outlaws on top 6-2.
Sisters’ excellent offense
was a big factor in the
Outlaws’ 14 second-quarter
points. An early three-pointer
from Greaney, followed by
a reverse lay-in midway
through the period, and a
deep nothing-but-net three-
pointer from Hayes Moore
with 12 seconds left on the
clock highlighted the quarter.
At the half, the Outlaws held
a 20-10 lead. Sisters held onto
the lead and went on to win
by 10 points.
“We were unselfish and
really worked as a team,” said
Coach Rand Runco. “We are
so proud of the boys for their
effort and bounce-back after a
tough game at Junction City.”
Greaney finished the game
with 11 points, Moore tallied
nine, Harrer recorded eight,
and seven other players con-
tributed in the scoring effort.
Gill and Schaab’s post-
defense was excellent and
really shut down the Falcons’
Three days later, the
Outlaws battled for the league
title against Sutherlin. The
win would have resulted in
a three-way tie for first, but
the Outlaws lost and fell to a
third-place league finish.
Sisters got off to a rough
start, and a few tough calls
early in the contest put the
Outlaws’ posts, Harrer and
Gill, on the bench. Sisters
didn’t quit, but worked hard
and continued to close the
gap. Harrer had a huge dunk
with a great assist from
Moore and cut the Bulldog
lead to three late in the
fourth. The Outlaws got a
steal and had a good attempt
to cut it to one, but missed
and the Bulldogs came down
to score.
Runco told The Nugget
that the game was far from
over, but a few untimely turn-
overs at the wrong moments
cut their run.
Moore hit two big threes
in the quarter that got the
Outlaws within striking dis-
tance, but the Outlaws just
kept shooting themselves in
the foot, which ultimately led
to the loss.
Sutherlin played a great
game, and both teams gave it
their all.
Schaab had a huge game
for the Outlaws and fin-
ished with a double-double.
Connor put up 13 points for
the Outlaws and pulled down
12 rebounds. Harrer recorded
eight points and had three
rebounds, and Moore hit two
threes for six points.
“We learned a lot and are
still alive in the playoffs,”
said Runco. “We are waiting
to see who we will play in the
play-in round.”
Sisters finished league
with a 7-3 record.
photo by Jerry baldock
Ben Larson scores in the outlaws’ 10-point win over Elmira.
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