By Robert Husseman • Sports Editor • 

Pirates run away from Bulldogs

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Dayton sophomore Zach Bernards (in black) looks to shoot between Willamina’s Nick Larsen (22) and A.J. Farmer (3) in the Pirates’ 75-46 victory over the Bulldogs Friday night in Willamina.
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Dayton sophomore Zach Bernards (in black) looks to shoot between Willamina’s Nick Larsen (22) and A.J. Farmer (3) in the Pirates’ 75-46 victory over the Bulldogs Friday night in Willamina.

WILLAMINA – The Dayton boys basketball team’s winning streak certainly sounds of music in the ears of Pirates’ fans: sixteen, going on 17.

Dayton improved to 16-0 and 5-0 in the Class 3A West Valley League with a 75-46 victory over rival Willamina Friday night at Willamina High School.

The Pirates opened the game on a 12-0 run and led 21-5 at the end of the first quarter. Willamina (5-9, 0-5 WVL) cut its deficit to 30-20 thanks to strong play from Shane Thomas and Brodey Bruckner, but three Bulldog turnovers allowed Dayton to seize a 45-24 halftime lead.

Zach Bernards compiled 21 points (7-of-12 shooting), six assists and five rebounds for the Pirates, while D.J. Flowers posted a double-double (17 points, 12 rebounds). Keon Blanco, Zach Spink and Jarred Ashley each scored eight points for Dayton.

Bruckner led Willamina with 14 points, and Thomas contributed 11 points.

The Pirates play Santiam Christian tonight in Adair Village at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs play at Sheridan tonight at 7:30 p.m.

In other action:

 

Yamhill-Carlton 48 Astoria 41

ASTORIA – The Tigers snapped a five-game losing streak against the Fishermen in Friday night’s Class 4A nonleague contest.

Yamhill-Carlton (7-7) hosts North Marion tonight at 8 p.m. in the Tigers’ Class 4A Oregon West Conference opener.

 

Horizon Christian 83 Sheridan 50

SHERIDAN – Dominique Card scored 17 points and Austin Blake added 10 points, but the Spartans fell to the Hawks in Class 3A West Valley League play.

Sheridan (9-7, 1-4 WVL) hosts Willamina tonight at 7:30 p.m.

 

Taft 40 Amity 36

LINCOLN CITY – The Warriors fell to the Tigers on the road in Class 3A West Valley League play.

Amity (9-5, 3-2 WVL) plays Westside Christian at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Portland.

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