For the first time since the 2015-2016 season, the South Wasco county boys basketball team earned a tournament championship after pulling wins against Crow, Mohawk and Camas Valley at the three-day Cougar Tournament ending Saturday in Crow.
In Saturday’s title contest, SWC overcame foul difficulties and still managed to get a combined 53 points from Garrett Olson and Oscar Thomas to preserve a 59-40 victory over Camas Valley.
Olson sank 27 points, Thomas hit eight 3-pointers for his 26, and Haiden Perez chipped in four points to lead the Redsides, who are 4-1 overall and jump up to No. 17 in the 1A rankings.
The closest finish of the weekend came in Thursday’s first game, as Olson hit 1 of 2 free throws with seven seconds left and Ben Birman used his defensive prowess to contest a late 3-point attempt in SWC’s 44-42 triumph versus Crow.
Olson put up 21 points and 10 rebounds, Thomas added 14 points and 11 boards, and Tanner Davis tallied six points.
SWC made 16 of 46 shots from the field, 5 of 22 from 3-point territory, and converted 7 of 12 free throws.
In Friday’s semifinal, the Redsides led 18-9 through one quarter and went on a 14-6 second-quarter run for a 32-15 halftime lead and never looked back, as they cruised past Mohawk by a 57-34 margin.
Overall, SWC made 21 field goals, five 3-pointers, and made 10 of 17 free throws.
Olson finished with 31 points, 11 rebounds and five steals; Thomas went off for nine points, 12 rebounds and four assists, and Davis tacked on six points, five steals and three assists.
Birman chipped in five points; Alex Stebbins hit for four points, three assists and four steals, and Perez had two points.
SWC outrebounded Mohawk, 36-20, and totaled a season-high 16 steals.
Up next, the Redsides start league play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Condon.
It was sheer dominance for three days in Crow, as the No. 1-ranked South Wasco County Redsides outscored their opponents by a combined 134-55 margin to score first place at the Cougar Tournament.
In first-day action on Thursday, Abby Birman poured in 14 points, Madisen Davis tacked on 12 and Hailey Ocacio had a career-best nine points in SWC’s 50-14 victory.
The team tallied 20 field goals, two 3-pointers, and made 8 of 14 free throws, as nine different players scored points.
Friday’s second game saw the Redsides breaking open a 19-13 halftime lead with a 24-15 second-half run to beat Mohawk, 43-28.
Destiny Mora-Lopez posted 13 points; Birman ended up with 11, and Jada Myers churned out an eight-point effort, including a 3-pointer, for the Redsides, who totaled 15 field goals, two 3-pointers, and connected on 9 of 21 from the line.
Hitting the hardwood versus Camas Valley Saturday, Birman tallied 17 points, 15 coming on five 3-pointers; Mora-Lopez hit on eight and Kyrsten Sprouse added six points.
The Redsides put up 17 field goals, five 3-pointers, and made good on 2 of 10 from the free throw line with both Davis and Jade McCoy scoring four points and Hailey Anderson notched her first field goal for two points.
SWC (4-1 overall) heads to Condon at 6 p.m. Friday, and travels to Arlington for another league tilt at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18.