Austin Kaseberg and Max Martin combined forces for 40 points, 21 coming on seven 3-pointers, as the Sherman Huskies broke open a 45-40 lead with a 17-4 run in the final eight minutes of play to drop New Hope Christian by a 62-44 score Friday in opening night action at the Compass Classic Boy’s Basketball Tournament in Klamath Falls.
“We played outstanding, disciplined defense, and showed toughness rebounding,” said Sherman coach Bill Blevins. “Everyone who came in the game played under control and executed the offense well.”
The Huskies inched ahead early in the game with a 10-7 output, but New Hope battled back for an 18-16 edge to make it 26-25 Sherman at the break.
Sherman then came out of the locker room and put together a 19-15 force to extend the lead to five points.
Kaseberg led all scorers with 26 points, Martin, a freshman, had 14 on four 3-pointers.
Another freshman standout, Isaiah Coles, churned out an 11-point effort to round out the double-digit leaders.
In addition to the 22 field goals drained by the Huskies, they converted 11 of 15 free throw attempts.
New Hope reeled off 16 baskets, four from long range, following those numbers up with an 8 for 13 split on free throws.
Sherman (4-3 overall) took on Monument/Dayville in the championship game Saturday.
After this weekend’s action, the Huskies hit the road to Maupin to play against South Wasco County at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3.