Siletz Valley split league opener versus Triangle Lake

Ryan Rilatos rises off the hardwood, looking for a two-point basket over four Triangle Lake players on Tuesday, Jan. 7. (Photo by Aaron Wawrak)

SILETZ — The Siletz Warriors ushered in the 2020 1A-3 Mountain West League basketball season on Tuesday, Jan. 8, against the Triangle Lake Lakers.

The boys won their matchup 64-33, pushing their record to 7-5 on the season, while the girls on the other hand lost their first league game of the year in a 53-42 loss.

Eight players got on the scoresheet for the boys, but Caleb Williams scored 25 points to lead all players.

Williams had 13 in the first quarter, 10 in the third quarter and two in the fourth quarter. His ability to score from behind and inside the three-point line was big for the Warriors as they raced past the Lakers by 19 points.

Christian Robinson also chipped in offensively, scoring 14 points, all but four coming in the first half. Robinson was key as the Warriors scored 22 points in the first quarter and 16 points in the second. Siletz had outscored Triangle Lake’s entire game tally in just two quarters.

The team was locked in from the start.

Anthony Simmons, along with brothers Chase Rilatos and Ryan Rilatos, combined for 17 points, but defensively, the team was stout, as well.

Siletz held the Lakers in check, allowing less than 36 points for the fifth time this season, but with only one game down on the league schedule, the Warriors have many battles left to fight.

For the girls, the league season just started, so an early result against Triangle Lake won’t ruin anyone’s year, but it will put some pressure on a Warrior’s team yet to hit their stride.

So far this season, the Siletz girls basketball team is 3-8, but it has had flashes of potential. They beat McKenzie 41-6 and survived to hang on against Trian 39-36 just a few weeks ago.

Siletz has the ability to make some noise in the 1A-3 Mountain West League, it’s only a matter of putting it all together.

 

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