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Dawson Hall gave a 22-point performance to earn Colton's third win in a row before falling to Portland Adventist Wednesday

Colton's boys' basketball team stomped Estacada 58-42 on Tuesday to earn a three-game winning streak, before falling to Portland Adventist 83-58 the next day to move them to 4-5 in preseason play.

After Colton went up 5-0 in the first quarter on a three from senior James Parker and an acrobatic layup from senior Evan Rasor, the Rangers began to get things going on a layup from junior Gabriel Martinez and a three-pointer from junior Calvin Dryden to make it 10-6.

Colton senior Dawson Hall would answer shortly after, however, with a three of his own to extend the lead to seven. Hall had 22 points on the night, including a trio of threes.

Dryden hit another layup with a few seconds left as Colton took a 13-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter was much more lopsided as the Vikings went on a 12-0 run solely by Hall and Rasor, before the Rangers could slow the bleeding with a three-pointer from sophomore Nate Hagel halfway through the quarter to make the game 25-11. After two more layups from Rasor, who had 10 points on the game, the Viks led 29-19 at the half.

"Our first week, we were forcing a lot of shots and just not playing good team basketball," head coach Brandon Kishpaugh said. "But the last two weeks, even though we lost a couple of the games, our offensive flow has been much better, we've been contesting shots much better, and we have so many guys that are quick and able to dribble, that when we're unselfish and we pass the ball and attack gaps, we're pretty tough to guard."

"We have three of four guys on the floor at all times that can really create their own shots, so it's been nice to see that we've learned and progress over the past couple of weeks and show what I think we're capable of," he said.

The Viks extended their lead to 14 with two minutes left in the third quarter after Hall hit a pair of free throws along with a short jump shot. He had the chance to put the Viks up 43-27 with about a second left in the quarter as he sunk a three, but was called out of bounds on the shot as Colton led 40-27 heading into the fourth quarter.

Estacada freshman Eli Crombie hit for three to shorten the lead to ten points, but Colton junior Javontae Maes hit a layup assisted by Rasor, followed by a three from Hall to stretch the lead again.

"I think if we can get Javontae, Kreygan [Raasch], Seth [Bruesch], those post guys to start to be able to, once guys collapse on them, to get those little dump-offs and finish them, or at least draw fouls, it's going to take us to the next level," Kishpaugh said. "I think that, right now, is kind of what's holding us back from being really good offensively; right now we're pretty good and we've gotten a lot better, but I think we could be really tough to guard because I don't think there's too many teams that can stand in front of us."

Maes connected in the key again as he began to find his rhythm, boxing out well, on a layup from Hall to make the game 53-34 as Crombie hit for three again, but Parker answered with his own three shortly after with 2:40 left in the game to keep it at a 19-point game.

Crombie hit for three again as he would finish with a team-high 14 points – ten of which were in the fourth quarter – to make it a 16-point game, but Parker sunk a pair of free throws to put Colton up 58-42, which held for the final score.

After losing junior Chance Ritchie, who went down with a broken arm earlier this season, Kishpaugh said other players have had to step up, but he's a bit worried about the team's depth moving forward.

"The beginning of this year it was nice because we had eight solid guys, and then when Chance went down, it cut it down to seven, and guys like Wyatt [Earls] and Seth have had to play significant minutes, and they've really stepped up, but my one worry is that if we play a team that has some bigs," he said. "But it's been kind of nice to have a set rotation, and those guys know what's going to be expected of them."

And though the Viks look good so far, Kishpaugh said they still have some things to fine-tune before league play begins on Jan. 3 against Jefferson at home.

"[We want to] work on getting our roll guys a little bit more involved offensively, work on not reaching quite so much, we do try to create turnovers a lot, but I want to do that on passes and forcing teams to make mistakes rather than us trying to gamble by reaching, because we're not deep, so if we get in foul trouble, it might hurt us," he said.

Colton took on Portland Adventist Academy in another away game on Wednesday and fell 83-58, and they'll have about a week off for the holidays before heading down to Stayton for the Regis tournament on Dec. 27-28.

Colton 58

Hall – 22

Parker – 12

Rasor – 10

Maes – 6

Raasch – 5

Earls – 3

Estacada 42

Crombie – 14

Martinez – 8

Dryden – 8

Tellis – 6

Hagel – 3

Keller – 3


Conner Williams
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