Siuslaw comes up short against Cottage Grove

Siuslaw junior Dylan Wynn (above) looks for an opening against Cottage Grove on Tuesday night. (*photo by Ned Hickson/Siuslaw News)

Siuslaw: 51  C. Grove: 70

After keeping things close through the first quarter against Cottage Grove on Tuesday night, the Viking boys basketball team fell behind by 15 points heading into the half and couldn’t overcome the deficit.

In the opening quarter, senior guard John Rollin sank Siuslaw’s first basket moments before a 3-pointer put the Lions ahead 10-2.

But Siuslaw mounted a quick rally, beginning with some work inside the paint by senior Jake Hickson, followed by a pair of hard-fought rebounds from Rollin — who nabbed a steal on the return and lobbed it to senior Kyle King to tie the game at 10-10.

Two trips to the charity line for the Lions in the final seconds left Siuslaw trailing 13-10 to start the second quarter.

Foul trouble for Siuslaw led to a double-bonus situation for the Lions midway through the period. That, along with six steals, translated to a 35-17 lead for Cottage Grove by halftime.

Though King was able to penetrate the Lions’ defense in the second half for 19 points, it fell short of the win as the Lions improved to 1-2 with a 70-51 win.

Siuslaw was without senior forward Jared Brandt, who was out with an illness, as well as 6-foot-7 senior post Trent Reavis, who suffered what is said to be a season-ending hamstring injury against Pleasant Hill on Dec. 7.

Monday, Siuslaw will host Sweet Home.

Tip-off is 6 p.m.

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