Dallas keeps it close

Spartans pressure Dragons to 10-point loss

Evan Courtney (3) goes up for a shot against Corvallis on Friday.

Photo by Emily Mentzer
Evan Courtney (3) goes up for a shot against Corvallis on Friday.

DALLAS — The Corvallis boys basketball team put the pressure on the Dragons on Friday night, and the Dallas boys could not answer, losing 52-62.

“We were playing too fast, turned the ball over,” said Coach Trent Schwartz. “You have to hand it to them, they came out strong.”

Carter Weisensee led the Dragons in scoring with 19. Evan Courtney contributed 10 points, and James Fennell added 10.

Every time the Dragons picked up the intensity, the Spartans matched it. The end of the first quarter saw Dallas down 11-19 after the Spartans made two of three free-throw shots after the buzzer.

In the second, the Dallas boys seemed to respond better to Corvallis’ pressure. When it seemed they may take the lead, narrowing the gap to 17-19, the Spartans pulled out Jasper Reinalda, a 7-foot-2 post who plucked the ball out of the air.

The scrappy Dragons battled, but watched as the lead again slipped to 10 by the end of the second half.

In the third quarter, the Dragons fell by 16 points, but came back to close the gap in the fourth. Foul trouble helped the Spartans widen the lead back to 10 points with 1:51 minutes left in the game.

“They (fouls) weren’t too in our favor,” Schwartz said. “We didn’t come up with calls.”

Schwartz said he wouldn’t say that fouls were the main factor in the loss.

“We were flat in the first half; they weren’t,” he said. “We made ground. We cut it close. We play a better team (Tuesday), team-pressure wise.”

This week, the Dallas boys will practice more playing under pressure, Schwartz said, and denying points.

“I’m happy we didn’t fold,” he said.

Dallas (2-6 Mid-Valley Conference, 3-14 overall) played at Crescent Valley (5-3 MWC, 10-8 overall) Tuesday after press time. The Dragons face Woodburn (1-7 MWC, 5-13) on Thursday in Woodburn, and host Lebanon (1-7 MWC, 2-16) Tuesday. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

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