By Jeremy McDonald
SWEET HOME, Ore.– The Sixth-ranked Stayton defense had to account for the eighth-ranked Sweet Home’s shooters in their 62-25 win on the road Friday night.
Their defense didn’t just slow down the Huskies (11-3, 0-3 Oregon West Conference) shooters, they suffocated them out of the game from the halfway through the first quarter on.
“We knew they had players and they had shooters on the outside, so we were really working out on the shooters and if they get inside, matching up and make sure that they don’t get any shots off,” said Jordan Butler.
Butler, Micah Jenkins and Logan Classen took care of the perimeter. But the Twin Towers of Kaleb Anundi (six-eight) and Riley Nichol (six-six) inside the arch made sure the shooters didn’t have a clear shot at the hoop.
“Our defensive intensity was a lot better that second quarter. We really brought it, we were talking more and then the shots were just falling,” said Anundi.
Early on in the game Sweet Home pulled within three of the Eagles 10-7 with 2:15 left in the quarter, but that’s when things got interesting with the defense.
Stayton led 19-9 after one and 27-13 at the halftime break. The Eagle defense held the Huskies to without a point until Hunter Coulter’s pair of free throws with 1:47 left in the second quarter that made the game then 23-11.
Anundi picked up a dunk in the first half and another one in the second half as Anundi finished with 21 points in the win as Stayton finished the game on a 52-18 advantage since Sweet Home got the game to within three early on in the contest for their third league win of the season.
“It feels good, it’s a good way to start league. I can’t complain about that,” laughed Anundi.
Butler finished with six points. Jenkins finished with seven points for Stayton. Coulter finished with seven points for the Huskies while Zach Luttmer led Sweet Home with eight points.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald