Nixyaawii boys top Helix Friday night

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MISSION, Ore. - A strong second quarter enabled Helix to wipe out most of a nine-point first-quarter deficit here Friday night, but Nixyaawii regrouped in the second half and pulled away to a 75-53 victory over the Grizzlies in a boys Big Sky Conference Eastern Division basketball game.

"The final score doesn't show it, but we made a real nice comeback in the second quarter," Helix coach Brooke Garton said. "We were down by one (28-27) at halftime, and we actually took the lead in the third quarter.

"But we struggled passing through their press after that. We had done a good job up until then."

Nixyaawii outscored Helix 47-26 after the intermission as the Golden Eagles ran their season record to 8-13 and their Big Sky mark to 5-6 going into a Saturday night home game against Arlington.

Helix, which entertained Echo on Saturday, dipped to 1-19 overall and 1-10 in league with Friday's defeat.

Josh Barkley and Joe Crawford combined to sink seven 3-point baskets and tallied 47 points between them to pace the Nixyaawii offense. Barkley, who sank four of the 3-pointers, led all scorers with 28 points and Crawford added 19.

Helix got a big game from Riley Sederburg, who scored 25 points, as well as Brendan Decicio, who tallied a career-high nine points to go with 10 rebounds.

"It was an exciting game for a large part of it," Garton said. "And most important, we are still improving, which is what we want to see."

There are no seniors on the Grizzlies' roster, Garton noted.

"We are all juniors and freshmen," she said. "There is definitely hope for next year."

Nixyaawii 75, Helix 53

HELIX (53) - Papineau 0 0-0 0, Kubishta 1 0-0 2, Clark 3 0-0 6, Bennett 2 0-0 4, Sederburg 12 1-3 25, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Decicio 3 3-4 9, Sundin 3 0-1 7. Totals 24 4-8 53.

NIXYAAWII (75) - Barkley 11 2-2 28, Bumgardner 0 0-0 0, Totus 2 1-2 5, Crawford 8 0-0 19, Morning-Owl 2 0-0 4, Spino 6 0-0 12, Gunuelas 2 2-2 7, Edmiston 0 0-0 0, Welch 0 0-0 0. Totals 31 5-6 75.

Helix 11 16 18 8 - 53

Nixyaawii 20 8 27 20 - 75

3-point goals - Helix (Sundin), Nixyaawii (Barkley 4, Crawford 3, Gunuelas). Total fouls - Nixyaawii 9, Helix 8. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none.

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