Lion Boys crush Mustangs in season opener

The Cottage Grove boys basketball team got off to a blistering start to their season crushing Hidden Valley on the road 77-34. 

“I think one obviously it’s great to get off on the right foot,” said Head Coach Seth Hutchison. “And to see that all the hard work that these guys have been putting in is paying off and you know that when you know, it wasn’t just a win it was a pretty convincing win.”

Jayden Cameron, Brennen Murphy and Carter Bascue led the team in scoring as Lions held the Mustangs to a total of two points in the opening quarter and also forced 10 turnovers. Cottage Grove was able to capitalize on Hidden Valley’s mistakes to jump out to a 20-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. 

Brennen Murphy had an emphatic two hand dunk in the second quarter as Hidden Valley started to trade baskets with Cottage Grove. 

The second quarter was the closest of the game as each team almost scored the same amount of points, but Cottage Grove still held a firm lead at halftime 38-19. 

“We have to keep the foot on the pedal,” said Hutchison. “You know, it’s a 32-minute game, games are won and lost in 16 minutes. And I told him that, you know, we’ve just gotta keep that killer mindset. And we got to just go out and continue to defend and take good shots for the final 16 minutes.”

Carter Bascue’s offense kept the momentum rolling for the Lions in the second half as they pulled away from Hidden Valley in the third quarter. 

Defense continued to be stout for Cottage Grove, forcing 10 more turnovers in the second half and only giving up 15 points the rest of the game as the Lions cruised to a 77-34 victory. 

“Obviously it’s great to get off on the right foot and to see that all the hard work that these guys have been putting in you know, pay off,” said Hutchison. “You know it wasn’t just a win it was a pretty convincing win and I think it helps boost their confidence. But again, this is just one step in the ultimate goal. And we want to continue to, you know, push the limits and continue to grow and continue to see how far we can take this thing. I think we have the pieces to do it. Now we just have to continue to put in that consistent work night in and night out.” 

The Lions will look to continue their positive start with their next two home games against North Valley on Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. And Sisters on Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

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