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Perrydale’s Kellen Schwebs, center, scored nine points in Friday’s win over Jewell.
January 16, 2013
PERRYDALE -- Kellen Schwebs sat quietly on the bench Friday, awaiting his turn.
The Perrydale junior reserve had already drilled one jumper, a 3-pointer midway through the first quarter of the Pirates' Casco League matchup with Jewell.
After checking back out of the contest, Schwebs watched play intently through the second quarter, when Perrydale struggled to score, and then again through much of the third, with his team trailing by two points.
Needless to say, he was ready when his name was called again.
"I'm just sitting on the bench, wanting to get in because I know I can hit the shot," Schwebs said after the game.
"And I did."
Schwebs drained two straight critical triples with less than two minutes to go in the third quarter to help spark the Pirates during a 10-1 run to end the frame.
Perrydale held on for a 66-58 victory.
Lane Budeau aided Perrydale's offense with another hot-shooting night of his own, finishing Friday's game with a team-high 19 points.
For Schwebs, it was just another performance that helped justify his decision to transfer from West Salem, a move he made before the school year.
"It felt really good to be able to come in and help my team when they needed it," Schwebs, who finished with nine points, said. "I really like these guys. This is a great team and I'm really glad I came here."
With sophomore guard Chad Price currently out with a concussion, Schwebs helps fill in with some needed depth for a Perrydale squad that stood at 13-4 overall and 5-1 in league play after Tuesday's 46-44 loss to Country Christian (11-6, 6-0), which occured after press time.
Perrydale's Lane Budeau, left, scored 19 points in the Pirates' win over Jewell Friday.
"He's surprising," Perrydale coach Mike Lowry said of Schwebs, who has spent most of the season on the junior varsity squad. "But he's getting there. He got into the City Christian game and did some good stuff and he's capable of doing that. I mean, he could probably be one of the top offensive players in this league if he was playing a bunch of minutes."
After struggling from the field early in the season, Budeau has begun to find his groove -- notably from deep -- as he drained three 3-pointers of his own Friday.
He provided another strong performance in Saturday's 61-51 nonleague win over Southwest Christian, when he scored 22 points with two 3s.
"I don't know, the last few games I've just been on a little more," Budeau said. "I'm starting to feel good."
Justin Cruickshank (15 points Friday) helped Perrydale hold on down the stretch against Jewell, as he made 5-of-8 shots from the free-throw line and added a layup late to seal the victory.
Lowry said that two competitive losses Jan. 4 and Jan. 5 -- one to City Christian, the No. 1-ranked team in the Oregon School Activities Association power rankings, and the other to Damascus Christian -- have only helped his squad, plus served as a welcome wake-up call.
"We realized that we can play with these teams," Lowry said. "They don't fear anybody. That's the thing that I know is that these guys will come to play and they'll give it everything they've got."
Falls City at Perrydale
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Crosshill Christian at Perrydale
When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.