SILVERTON — Central’s boys basketball team defeated Silverton 45-36 on Friday to open Mid-Willamette Conference play. The Panthers also dropped a nonleague game to Putnam 47-42 on Jan. 3.
“Our kids played a great game on Friday,” coach Tim Kreta said. “They executed our game plan very well and were able to finish off the fourth quarter with poise. This was our first win against Silverton since joining the MWC. Our team defense kept the game close down the stretch, and we were able to take advantage of some transition points to get a lead.”
Against Silverton, Peter Mendazona scored 18 points, and Alec Barba added 16 points to lead Central.
“Peter Mendazona and Alec Barba led the way offensively by getting to the rack and hitting a few outside shots, and we hit our free throws to finish the game,” Kreta said. “Peter Mason kept our offense moving and found shooters to help keep their defense honest.”
Central hosts undefeated South Albany Wednesday (today) at 7 p.m. and Crescent Valley Friday at 7 p.m.
GLADE PACES CENTRAL SWIM TEAM: Central junior Daniel Glade won the boys 200-yard freestyle during the Panthers’ swim meet at Crescent Valley on Thursday with a time of 2 minutes, 2.31 seconds. Isaiah Compton took second in 2:22.45.
Glade also won the 100 backstroke in 1:12.28.
Compton took first in the 100 freestyle in 1:00.20, and Ethan Davis won the 500 freestyle in 7:32.09.
On the girls side, Reann Kelley won the 100 freestyle in 1:23.44.
The Clemens Invitational, scheduled for Saturday, was canceled due to weather.
The Panthers competed at Lebanon Tuesday after press time.
Central will compete at Corvallis Tuesday at 4 p.m.
CENTRAL GIRLS LOSE LEAGUE-OPENER: Central’s girls basketball team lost to Silverton 50-33 on Friday in the team’s MWC opener.
“We played a good game, even though the score didn’t reflect it,” coach Julie McDonald said. “Silverton is a mature team with seven seniors who are very disciplined both offensively and defensively. On the offensive end, we limited our turnovers to 11, but just didn’t make our shots, and we gave up too many defensive rebounds for second-chance points.”
The Panthers (3-5 overall) played at South Albany Tuesday after press time. Central travels to face Crescent Valley Friday at 7 p.m. before playing at Lebanon Tuesday at 7 p.m.
“We are improving every game and looking forward to seeing the growth by the end of the season,” McDonald said.