OREGON CITY, Ore. — Talented Clackamas bolted to a quick 14-2 lead and went on to spoil Grays Harbor College’s season opener, 95-79, in a non-league men’s basketball contest Saturday night at Oregon City.
Brandon Halter scored 27 points to lead a quintet of double-figure scorers for the Cougars, ranked among the NWAACC favorites this season.
Down 54-38 at the half, the Chokers trimmed the margin to single digits on several occasions in the second half before Clackamas pulled away.
“It was really a case of energy and drive,” GHC coach Jordan Altman said. “They had played the night before and lost. So they were a little more experienced, had a little more time on the court and they were a little bit upset about losing.”
A trio of Las Vegas products did most of the damage for the Chokers (0-1). Freshman post Tim Straghter paced GHC with 21 points and seven rebounds, while Bryan McGriff added 14 and guard K.C. Harrison 11 points. Sophomore point guard Riley Alvord, from Mossyrock, contributed 13 points.
“It was another good step for us,” Altman said. “It was part of my belief system to test them early and prepare them for adversity. We’ll take a couple of lumps against teams like Clackamas and, in February and March, we’ll be a much better team for it.”
The Choker will be idle until Dec. 7, when they participate in the Pirate Classic in Port Angeles.
Grays Harbor (79) — Harrison 11, Larkins, Alvord 13, Kolokihakausfisi 4, Ladson 5, Harrod 2, Straghter 21, McGriff 14, Dutton 2, Burton 3, Hardy 4. FG — 27-66 (.409). FT — 16-23.
Clackamas (95) — Russell, Bankofier 15, Lott 6, Martin 10, Keita 14, Satrum, Smith 5, Sitton 13, Halter 27, Beckwith 5. FG — 34-78 (.436). FT — 17-23.
Halftime: Clackamas 54, Grays Harbor 38.