The nugget. (Sisters, Or.) 1994-current, December 16, 2015, Page 4, Image 4

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015 The Nugget Newspaper, Sisters, Oregon
Boys hoops split games
By rongi yost
The Outlaws came from
behind to record a 41-37 vic-
tory at Madras on Tuesday,
December 8. Three days later,
Sisters was scheduled to play
at home against 5A Lebanon,
but the game was canceled due
to snow on the pass. At the
last minute, a game with Bend
High was scheduled at home
in Sisters. The very competi-
tive game had several lead
changes, and great shots in the
final minutes, but ultimately
resulted in a 49-47 loss for the
In Tuesday’s action at
Madras, the Outlaws got down
early. The White Buffaloes
hit several threes, and at the
close of the first period, Sisters
trailed 15-6. The defensive end
held during the second quar-
ter, and Sisters outscored the
Buffaloes 11-2 to catch them
at the half and tie it up 17-17.
Coach Rand Runco told
The Nugget that the Outlaws
stuck together and continued
to play hard, even though they
struggled offensively.
The Outlaws hit their
freethrows down the stretch,
pulled ahead in the final quar-
ter, and outscored Madras
15-9. The come-from-behind
victory was a great second
road win for the Outlaws.
Scott Waddell led the
team with 12 points. Hayes
Moore tallied nine and Keegan
Greaney put up seven. Steen
Johnson recorded six points
and Tyler Head added five.
Sisters cleaned up some
early rebounding issues, and
finished strong on the boards.
Johnson had a huge night with
nine boards.
Jake Larson, Ben Saba, and
Connor Lake played great min-
utes off the bench, and Larson
had a few huge rebounds to
help the Outlaws hang on for
the win.
Three days later, the
Outlaws and the Lava Bears
matched up in what proved to
be a very competitive game.
Sisters had several open
threes to start the game, but
struggled, and couldn’t con-
nect. In the second quarter,
Steen Johnson had a nice drive
down the middle that put
the Outlaws up by one. The
Outlaws took a 16-6 lead in
the second, but unfortunately
Greaney picked up his sec-
ond foul and had to sit out
the remainder of the period.
Sisters entered the half up by
one with a score of 16-15.
It was a tight game in the
second half, and both teams
worked very hard to push their
“Bend used several
defenses that we slowly
adapted to, but it slowed down
our offensive efforts,” said
Runco. “We got them in foul
trouble, and worked to spread
them out to get to the rim and
give us space to break their
trap. It worked, but each time
we started to get a lead, an
untimely turn-over would stop
our momentum.”
Bend outscored the
Outlaws by just three points in
the third, and the final quarter
was a fight to the finish.
The Outlaws finally built a
five-point lead with 1:19 left
on the clock, but then started
to struggle. Sisters turned the
ball over on three consecutive
possessions, and fouled the
Lava Bears twice to give up
the lead.
With 12 seconds left on
the clock, Tyler Head made
a great baseline move for a
bucket that put the Outlaws up
by one. The home crowd went
wild. During transition, Bend’s
Mario Mora hit a deep three
to give the Lava Bears a two-
point lead.
Sisters was able to call a
time-out and set up a play with
four seconds left in the game.
Hayes Moore took a shot over
half court that went in, took a
spin around the rim, and came
out, and Bend recorded the
Johnson led the Outlaws
photo by Jerry baLdock
steen Johnson led the outlaws in scoring against Bend.
with 14 points, and Moore had
nine. Greaney and Tyler Head
scored six points each, and
Waddell and Saba added five
points each. Waddell and Head
were both tough on the glass.
Bend’s Boston Busik had
six points in the final quarter
and was four-for-four from the
line, which really helped Bend
at the finish.
“Bend got really physical
in the last minute, and their
six-foot-four-inch post, Trent
Findley, really hurt us on the
glass in the last few minutes,”
said Runco. “We really con-
trolled much of the game, but
struggled getting back in tran-
sition, and lost our composure
a little in the last minute. I was
proud of the boys’ teamwork
and effort.”
Sisters was to play at
home against La Pine on
Tuesday, December 15. The
Outlaws will play in the
Seaside Invitational Thursday,
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