The nugget. (Sisters, Or.) 1994-current, March 04, 2015, Page 4, Image 4

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015 The Nugget Newspaper, Sisters, Oregon
Outlaws beat South Umpqua
By rongi Yost
The Outlaws took care of
business on the road against
South Umpqua on Friday,
February 27, in a critical play-
in game. Sisters rolled to a
44-29 victory, and with the
win will advance and travel to
Scappoose to play in the first
round of the state playoffs on
Friday, March 5.
South Umpqua averages
over 60 points per game, and
the Outlaws held them to just
29. The Lancers have a stand-
out player in Erik Johnson,
who, according to Outlaws
Coach Rand Runco, is quite
possibly the best shooter in
the state at all levels. Johnson
has incredible range, averages
close to 25 points per-game,
and has scored in the 30s mul-
tiple times.
Runco told The Nugget
that the Outlaws goal was
to contain Johnson and then
focus on the Lancers’ other
physical players who are
tough in the paint.
South Umpqua took an
early 14-11 lead to close out
the first quarter, but from that
point on it was Outlaws all the
Sisters limited Johnson
to just four first-half points.
Tysen Gill’s big offensive-
board put-back at the end
of the second quarter gave
Sisters a 21-20 lead at
The Outlaws adjusted
defensively and held the
Lancers to nine points in the
second half. Sisters put up 21
points in the half and beat the
Lancers by 15.
Sisters had a couple of
big plays that highlighted the
final quarter. South Umpqua’s
Johnson stole the ball and
went the distance of the
court to dunk it, but Justin
Harrer shot from behind and
elevated to block the ball on
photo by Jerry balDock
The outlaws showed some spirit in their critical play-in win.
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the backboard, and Sisters
recovered the block. Runco
said this was a huge play that
changed the momentum of
the game in a single moment.
Another big play came when
Schaab grabbed an offensive-
board for a put-back bucket.
Keegan Greaney smoth-
ered Johnson for almost the
entire game, and took away
his perimeter looks, and the
Outlaws’ team defense col-
lapsed on him when he was
able to penetrate.
Offensively, the win was
a team effort. Harrer led the
way with 16 points. Greaney
scored eight and Connor
Schaab added five.
Outlaws guards Ben
Larson, Hayes Moore, Steen
Johnson and Greaney did a
super job of taking care of the
ball and getting the Outlaws
into execution mode. Inside,
Schaab, Gill, Harrer, and Isaac
Mackenzie beat the Lancers
on the glass.
Runco said, “Our defense
is outstanding, and our
offense is constantly improv-
ing, with different guys step-
ping up each night. The boys
played really hard, and they
are still improving.”
Runco added how impor-
tant the reserve players were
in the win.
“A huge key to the win
was our practice this week
with our reserve players hav-
ing huge roles in preparing for
this team,” said Runco. “Lane
Gladden has been sick for two
months and works so hard,
and leads the young players in
photo by Jerry balDock
Justin harrer led the outlaws offense, while the outlaws lassoed South
umpqua on defense.
effort in practice, and keep-
“Tyler and Tanner Head, ing energy up from the bench.
Ben Saba, Jacob Larson, They have been key in our
Logan Gill and Ty Horner improvement and are gaining
are junior varsity players that valuable experience for next
moved up, and are serving the year.”
older players and program.
The Outlaws are now 15-8
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