Broncos get back on track

Parkrose edges Putnam in battle for second win of season
By Cliff Pfenning,
Senior Leyson Farmer glides to the basket for a first-half basket.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning,

MILWAUKIE - In the battle to escape the cellar of the Northwest Oregon Conference, the Parkrose Broncos leaned on their seniors to deliver a 60-58 victory over host Putnam in Class 5A boys basketball action Friday night.

Seniors Justin Tran, Isamu Chang and Darnel Jones combined for 39 points to lead Parkrose, which improved to 2-8 on the season, in the conference opener for both teams.

Putnam dropped to 1-10, leaving it as one of just three schools at Class 5A with one win on the season.

Junior Ruben Onishchenko scored 16 points to lead all scorers, and senior Dustin Britt added 14 for Putnam.

Parkrose dominated much of the first half on the way to a 28-13 lead, but the Kingsmen battled back and eventually led 36-34 after an 8-0 run to start the second half. The game see-sawed for the final 12 minutes with Parkrose in the lead, but Putnam continually rallying. Putnam had an opportunity to tie or win in the final 10 seconds, but missed a three-point shot and Parkrose ran out the final seconds.

The Broncos, who have won two of the past three games, return to action Tuesday against Sandy. Only one of the losses suffered by Parkrose is to a Class 5A team.

Putnam plays host to St. Helens Tuesday. The loss is the third by three points or less in the past four games for the Kingsmen, including Wednesday's 84-83 loss at McKay in Salem. Putnam lost to Glencoe 43-40, Dec. 29, then beat Ridgeview the following day in a tournament in Bend in it's previous two games.