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Jack Anderson (20) passes the ball to a teammate during the Jan. 16 game against Woodburn.
As of Tuesday, January 23, 2018
DALLAS — Dallas boys basketball team ended a thriller against Woodburn with a season-high 83 points, beating the Bulldogs by 15.
The Dragons didn’t start well, said guard Evan Courtney.
“We didn’t play very good,” he said after the game on Jan. 16. “I upped the defense and shots started falling more.”
Woodburn started out strong in the first half, leading 43-36, and Dallas struggled to keep up.
“Getting started, we had some difficulty,” said Coach Trent Schwartz. “We made some adjustments. We were down 13 (at the half), took a time out, and took a swing. I’m proud of the kids for getting down 13 and coming back.”
Guard Jack Anderson was on fire, making four three-pointers in the second half. He contributed a game-high 28 points. Courtney scored 16, and guard Carter Weisensee added 11.
Anderson said the game felt good.
“It’s always good with a W,” he said. “I love the comeback.”
Once baskets started falling, the crowd was on its feet as Dallas took a lead and never looked back.
“Once we got the defense going, they (Woodburn) got flustered, and we took advantage of that,” Courtney said.
The energy of the crowd and of his teammates kept him going strong, Anderson said.
The Dragons lost a close game to Lebanon Friday, 42-48.
Dallas boys ended the week 2-2 in Mid-Willamette Conference, 3-10 overall, and in fifth place in the standings. The Dragons hosted the Central High School Panthers Tuesday after press time in a Rivalry Week. They take on South Albany at 7 p.m. on Friday in Albany.