Central defeats Dallas in rivalry

Evan Courtney (0) fends off Central defender Jesse Cable (2) at the Jan. 23 game at Dallas High gym.

Photo by Emily Mentzer
Evan Courtney (0) fends off Central defender Jesse Cable (2) at the Jan. 23 game at Dallas High gym.

DALLAS — The Dallas boys basketball team battled with heart, but ultimately lost to rivals Central on Jan. 23 in a 58-37 loss.

Central boys scored 23 points in the second quarter on their way to the win.

Brendan Lesmeister’s 14 points led the way for the Panthers, and teammate Isaiah Abraham had 13. For the Dragons, Carter Weisensee scored 11 points and James Fennell 11.


TJ Dimick (35) goes up to block against Brendan Lesmeister (3) on Jan. 23 at DHS.

Tim Kreta, Central’s coach, praised all his players and particularly the bench.

“The kids came out the strongest they have this year and were clicking on all cylinders,” he said. “Their energy was high, and our bench was able to come in at key points and keep our momentum going into the second half with a 37-13 lead.”

Every time Dallas took the ball down the court, Dragon fans would hold their breath — maybe this is the time they will make a comeback, like they did last week?

But Central was there to stop the drive and take it back to score.

Fans of both teams packed the Dallas gym and kept on good behavior in a good, spirited — and polite — Polk County rivalry.

Central scored fewer points in the second half than in the first, and Kreta blamed “a few mental lapses” for that.

“We regained our composure and got back to our game plan,” he said. “I was really proud of our bench tonight.”

Dallas lost to South Albany Friday, 44-75, bringing the Dragons 2-4 in Mid-Willamette Conference play, 3-12 ovreall, good for sixth place.

Central lost to Silverton — who remains undefeated in league play — 28-49 on Friday. The Panthers dropped to third place in the MWC with a 4-2 record, 12-4 overall.

Coming up, the Dragons hosted on Silverton (6-0 MWC, 14-1 overall) on Tuesday after press time. The team will take on Corvallis (2-4 MWC, 6-10 overall) at home on Friday, and head to Crescent Valley (4-2 MWC, 9-7 overall) on Tuesday.

Central hosts Crescent Valley on Tuesday after press time. The Panthers will head to Lebanon (1-5 MWC, 2-14 overall) Friday before playing against Woodburn (0-6 MWC, 4-12 overall) at home on Tuesday.

Tipoff for all games is 7 p.m.

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