Sutherlin pulls away from Lakeview in Spelgatti Invitational
SUTHERLIN — It took a half for Mason Gill and his Sutherlin High teammates to get going in their season opener on Thursday night.
But the Bulldogs picked it up with a solid third quarter and continued on to a 57-41 boys basketball victory over Lakeview in the fourth annual Bill Spelgatti Invitational at the Dog Pound.
Gill, a 6-foot-3 junior forward, scored 15 of his team-high 22 points in the second half. He also grabbed eight rebounds and had three blocked shots.
Class 3A Sutherlin (1-0) was sloppy early against the 2A Honkers (0-1) and had a cold-shooting opening quarter. The Bulldogs didn’t take their first lead of the contest until Gill completed a three-point play on a basket and free throw with 58.1 seconds left in the second period.
“It was nice to have a wake-up call and still get a W,” Sutherlin coach Willis New said. “We didn’t come out with a lot of intensity. We had eight turnovers in the first half and that can’t happen. But we came out with a little fire in our belly (in the third quarter) and played better.”
The Bulldogs outscored Lakeview 16-6 in the third to take a 12-point advantage. Gill had six points and Payton Hope scored five in the quarter.
“We need to learn we’re not as experienced as we think we are,” New said. “It’s going to take a little time for everybody to fit into their roles. We don’t have great quickness, but have some length. We have to be very efficient offensively, and (defensively) be intense and relentless and use that range. I thought we did, especially in the third quarter.”
Issac Horn contributed eight points, while Hope chipped in seven points and seven rebounds in the win. Brandon Carr had five points, six assists and four steals, and sophomore Collin Bodine added five points and five steals.
The Bulldogs mixed up their defenses, using zone and man.
“We need to learn to play better man,” New said. “We need to be able to match up and deny people.”
Junior guard Jalen Lampman led the Honkers with 23 points. He hit a pair of 3-point bombs beyond 30 feet.
“He looks like a college prospect to me,” New said.
The Bulldogs will face City Christian (1-0) at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Lakeview will play South Umpqua (0-1) at 2.
LAKEVIEW (41) — Jalen Lampman 23, Brazeal 4, Greenfield 4, Gustaveson 4, Hernandez 3, Steward 3, Rucker, Philibert, Arcularius. Totals 12 13-21 41.
SUTHERLIN (57) — Mason Gill 22, Horn 8, Hope 7, Carr 5, Bodine 5, Bailey 4, Merrifield 4, Marlin 2, Stinnett. Totals 25 6-11 57.
3-Point Goals — Lake. 4 (Lampman 2, Brazeal 1, Greenfield 1), Suth. 1 (Carr). Total Fouls — Lake. 11, Suth. 18.