NEWPORT — The Newport High School boys basketball team couldn’t overcome a sluggish start Wednesday night, June 9, and dropped their seventh straight game, a 47-34 loss to Sisters in a 4A-3 Oregon West Conference contest played at Newport Middle School.
Wednesday’s loss, which dropped the Cubs to 1-2 in league play and 1-8 overall with four road games remaining on the schedule, came on the heels of an 81-41 nonconference setback the evening before at Yamhill-Carlton.
Newport struggled to find any semblance of offensive cohesion during Wednesday’s opening eight minutes of play, as the Outlaws sprinted to an early 6-0 lead and took a 14-6 advantage into the second quarter. Sisters junior wing Max Palanuk scored eight of his game-high 15 points in the opening stanza.
The Cubs found their groove through the remainder of the first half and briefly took a 17-16 lead on a Markus Everitt 3-pointer about midway through the second quarter. But Sisters rallied and sent Newport into intermission trailing the Outlaws 23-19.
A Nate Weber trey at the end of the third quarter pushed the Outlaws’ lead to 34-24, and the Cubs never trimmed Sisters’ lead to fewer than eight before the final buzzer sounded.
Everitt tallied a team-leading 10 for the Cubs, who close a busy week with a 7 p.m. league game Saturday at Cascade.
Everitt and freshman guard Ethan Osborn each connected twice from 3-point range for the Cubs, who totaled as many buckets from outside the 3-point arc (5) as they did from inside it.
Sisters, which improved to 1-2 in league and 2-8 overall, received 12 points apiece from Weber and junior post Ricky Huffman.
Sisters 14 9 11 13 — 47
Newport 3 16 5 10 — 34
SISTERS — Camden Froehlich 2 2-3 6, Nate Weber 4 2-2 12, Ricky Huffman 5 2-4 12, Max Palanuk 7 1-3 15, Connor Linn 1 0-0 2, Mekhye Froehlich 0 0-0 0, Adam Maddox-Castle 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 7-12 47.
NEWPORT — Carson Braxling 2 0-0 5, Mitchell Johnson 1 2-6 4, Kaden Bruns 2 2-2 6, Jon Fritz 0 3-4 3, Markus Everitt 3 2-2 10, Ethan Osborn 2 0-0 6, Noah Daniels 0 0-0 0. Totals: 10 9-14 34.
3-point goals — Sisters 2 (Weber 2), Newport 5 (Everitt 2, Osborn 2). Total fouls — Sisters 18, Newport 13. Fouled out — none.
Willamina 69, Taft 29
At Willamina, the Tigers dropped their second contest this week in a Tuesday evening 3A-3 Costal League road game.
On Friday, Taft (0-5, 0-9) was scheduled to host Warrenton before traveling Saturday to meet Clatskanie.
Toledo 54, Myrtle Point/Powers 48
At Myrtle Point, the Boomers continued their march through the season undefeated with a Wednesday night 2A-4 Sunset Conference road win.
Toledo, 7-0 in league and overall, can strengthen its hold on the top spot in the conference standings when it faces Bandon on Monday at home. Bandon entered the weekend sitting at 8-1, 9-1.
At Bandon, the Tigers halted Waldport’s two-game winning streak by handing the Irish a Wednesday evening 2A-4 Sunset Conference defeat.
Waldport (4-4, 4-4) was slated to travel Saturday to face Gold Beach.
At Bandon, the surging Irish hit a roadblock Wednesday evening in a 2A-4 Sunset Conference contest against the league-leading Tigers.
Waldport, which entered having won five straight following a 49-40 home loss to Bandon on May 24, slipped to 6-2 in conference action, 6-3 overall.
The Irish, second in the league standings at the start of the weekend, were scheduled Saturday to meet Gold Beach on the road.
Newport falls twice
The Cubs fell in a pair of early-week road games, dropping a 63-45 non-league game Tuesday at Yamhill-Carlton before losing 49-35 Wednesday evening at Sisters in a 4A-3 Oregon West Conference game.
Newport (0-3, 0-8) was scheduled to travel Friday to take on Cascade before closing the season with home games next week against Sweet Home, Philomath and Woodburn.
Willamina 54, Taft 21
At Lincoln City, the Tigers lost their first 3A-3 Coastal Range League contest Tuesday evening.
The defeat dropped Taft to 2-1, 2-3. The Tigers were slated to face Warrenton on Thursday at Clatsop Community College before they host Clatskanie at 5:30 p.m. today (Friday) at Taft Elementary School.
Myrtle Point 763, Toledo 42,
At Myrtle Point, the Bobcats dealt Toledo its fifth straight loss in a Wednesday evening 2A-4 Sunset Conference game.
The Boomers, 1-6 in conference and overall, were scheduled tonight (Friday) to host league-foe Reedsport at 7 p.m.