The Pendleton boys showed their dominance early on Tuesday night.
The Bucks jumped out to a 12-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back in their 63-41 win over the visiting Southridge Suns.
“This was the closest to a complete game we’ve played so far this season,” said head coach Zach Dong. “We played hard on both ends.”
Guards Lane Maher and Dakota Sams opened play with back-to-back 3-pointers, and Sams and guard Tyler Newsom followed with four more Bucks points before the Suns called a timeout not three minutes into the game.
Newsom then hit another 3-pointer after the break.
“It was exciting to score so many 3’s so fast,” Newsom said. “We came out pretty quick.”
And the Bucks showed no signs of slowing. Newsom and Sams each hit a 3-pointer in the second quarter, as the Suns were held without a field goal until forward Sam Lopia scored with 0:55 left. The Bucks led 34-21 at the half.
Southridge turned up the pressure after the break, nearly matching the Bucks in scoring, 14-13, in the third quarter.
But there was no stopping Newsom. The 6-foot-4 senior scored nine of Pendleton’s 15 points in the final quarter. He led the Bucks with 22 points in the game.
After Suns forward Tristan Smith put in two straight buckets, Newsom responded with a dunk that gave Pendleton a 61-41 lead.
Guards Kason Broncheau and Cam Sandford each made a free throw to round out the scoring.
“We jumped out early and kept our momentum,” Dong said. “Southridge is going to be a good team. They’ll be tough.”
Dong says he’s “really proud” of his team for their Tuesday night performance, which followed a weekend tournament at Wilsonville and practices every day.
“Everyone played great,” he said. “They handled the pressure really well.”
The Bucks (4-1) have a bye week before travelling to Lewiston in Idaho on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
Pendleton 24 10 14 15 - 63
Southridge 14 7 13 7 - 41
PENDLETON - Newsom 22, Sams 19, Sweek 10, Maher 6, Broncheau 3, Sams 2, Sandford 1
SOUTHRIDGE - Smith 12, Burton 10, Lopia 8, Perry 7, Howard 4