By Elizabeth Cheney
Corban charged past Multnomah during the men’s basketball matchup Dec. 16, netting 14 points in the first 4 minutes of the first half that gave the Warriors a solid start and eventually led to a 77-49 victory.
The Warriors were led by senior Nash Keene, who scored 13 points and only committed one foul. Junior Erik Cronrath also put up 13 points and had three rebounds. Junior Jonathan Ramirez didn’t net as many points as his teammates, but he contributed five points and an impressive four steals, the most of the Warrior team.
Multnomah’s leading player was junior Jacob Fischer, whose 15 total points made him the top scorer of the game for both sides. Most of his points came from his 4-for-4 free throw shots and three 3-pointers. Freshman Steven Bustrin rebounded 6 shots and had 5 assists, one more than all of his teammates combined.
With 10 minutes left in the second half, Corban was up 59-31. The Lions missed a shot, then the Warriors lost the ball almost as soon as they had it. Multnomah’s Chris Haynes was then fouled by Corban’s Brelin Powell, and Haynes made both foul shots, cutting Corban’s lead to 26. From then on out, it was a tug-of-war – Corban ball, foul on Multnomah, Multnomah ball, foul on Corban, with a couple 3-pointers thrown in.
With the score at 64-38, a Corban steal off of Bustrin led to a foul shot for Multnomah. After a timeout, Multnomah fouled Jacob Kopra, who made his first free throw shot but missed the second, taking the Warriors back to a 26-point lead.
As the clock wound down, Corban increased the lead to 73-42, but Multnomah again cut that with a second-chance 3-pointer by Fischer, bringing the score to 73-45: still a solid Corban lead.
With another victory securely under their belts, the Warriors improve to 8-4 overall and will face off with Pacific University tomorrow night at 7:30 pm in the C.E. Jeffers Sports Center.