The Catlin Gabel Boys Varsity basketball team successfully completed a two game week.
On Tuesday, the Eagles traveled over an hour to Clatskanie to face the number one team in the Lewis and Clark League, the Clatskanie Tigers. The last time Catlin competed with Clatskanie, Catlin Gabel suffered a tough defeat, 52-70.
However, Tuesday night was a different game. The Eagles began the game as the aggressor and were dominant throughout the first half. They continued their dominant streak into the second half.
The Eagles further extended their lead to up by 35 points, and the final score was ultimately 71-54. The team was led by the hot three point shooting of Jacob Adler ‘17 who hit seven three pointers in the first half alone en route to a 31 point game. Despite this notable individual performance, it was the Eagles team defense and rebounding that won the game.
On Friday, Catlin Gabel once again hit the road to challenge Portland Christian. The game served as Portland Christian’s homecoming game, so the stakes were high.
In the first matchup of the year, the Eagles beat the Royals by 19, and Friday’s contest was very similar. The game was up and down for Catlin Gabel in the first half, however, after halftime and with some tactical adjustments, the Eagles instilled their presence.
The overall team defense picked up during the second half and resulted in many Portland Christian turnovers.
Throughout the season, the boys team has always been a significantly high scorer. However, on Friday night there was extreme balance among scoring. Leading scorer Andrew Park ‘17 had ten points, and provided creativity on the offensive end of the floor. The court vision and ball movement initiated by Vishal Vanka ‘17 helped create many attacking chances throughout the game. Ultimately, the Eagles beat the Royals 49-32.
The Varsity boys will play Portland Adventist on Tuesday at home, and arch rival OES on Thursday.