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Game: CHS beat Salem Academy 57-42 at Westside Winter Jam, Dec. 5
Recap: Salem Academy had only two players score in double-digits, as Creswell’s defense won the game. Creswell outrebounded Salem Academy 31-19, had 10 steals and recovered 11-of-14 loose balls. Dallton Dewey led the way with 18 points and seven rebounds; Tyler Freize added 11 points and 5 rebounds; and Kai Apo had 10 points and 7 rebounds.
Reflections: Creswell coach Jesse Thomas: ”It was a great start for us. We played really well defensively and it was a good way to open the season.”
Game: CHS beat Regis 60-34 at Westside Winter Jam, Dec. 6
Recap: After being up 16-3 after one quarter, Creswell dominated Regis, blowing it open in the third, outscoring Regis 24-8. Apo 18 had points, Dewey 12 points and Freize 11.
Reflections: Thomas: ”Our starters sat for most of the fourth quarter and we got to put in some guys that normally don’t play as much, so it was nice to get those guys some extended runs.”
Game: CHS lost to Trinity Lutheran 85-66 at Westside Winter Jam, Dec. 7
Recap: Freize lit up the gym in the first quarter, scoring all 17 of the Bulldogs points, giving them a 17-13 lead. ”Tyler just went nuts. I hadn’t seen anything like that since the early Luke Jackson or Jim McQuiston days,” Thomas said. Still the Bulldogs trailed 33-29 at halftime. It was all downhill from there as Trinity Lutheran outscored CHS 31-16 in the third quarter. The Bulldogs had 16 turnovers in the game. Freize had 26 points; Apo 17 and 4 rebounds and Gabriel had 12 points and 5 rebounds.
Reflections: Thomas said, ”If you take away the points they scored from offensive boards and the 21 free throws they made, then we win that game. We lost our focus on defense and rebounding and it cost us the game. Offensively we were great. At no point during that game was I worried about our offense. We didn’t defend or rebound well enough to give ourselves a chance in the second half.”

Event: 2019 Deven Dawson Memorial Tournament, hosted by Harrisburg HS.
Results: As a team, Creswell scored 78 points and placed 10th of 17 teams. Jurny Halvorson took 2nd place in 126, Juan Bautista tied for 8th in the 132, Hugo Taura took 5th in the 138, Logan Johnson took 6th in the 160 and Nick Kubishta and Juan Beltran Shank tied for 8th in the 170.
Recap: The Bulldogs seemed to have an even better tournament than even the results show. Almost every athlete that competed for Creswell was victorious in at least one of their matches that day. With so many young and new faces on the team, the coach definitely sees this as a sign that they’re headed in the right direction. ”We learned a lot at our first tournament. We still have a long way to go to Districts but if we stay in shape and work on our fundamentals then it’s going to be a great season, ” head coach Mario Perez said.
Creswell Stats: CHS was 3rd overall for the most pins/least time and was 8th overall in match points with 37.
Reflections: ”The Deven Dawson Tournament was a great starting point. I know the kids learned a lot and I did too. We all have room for improvement so there’s nowhere to go but up. The thing about this team is that almost all of them play other sports throughout the year, which keeps them in shape but also makes them tough competitors. There’s not a single kid on this team that isn’t going to give it their all every week because they’re driven by the competition. They might not all have gotten the results they wanted but they gave it their all and they will again next week, hopefully getting better and better with each match,” Perez said.

Lost to Salem Academy 46-31 at Westside Winter Jam, Dec. 5
Beat Regis 39-37 at Westside Winter Jam, Dec. 6
Beat Dayton at Westside 55-30 Winter Jam, Dec. 7



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