Everybody on this team can score.
Mitch Modin posted a game-high 15 points and Matt Logan came off the bench and hit three three-pointers en route to 13 points to lead Mountain View past visiting Pendleton 76-52 on Friday night in a nonconference boys basketball game between former Intermountain Conference rivals.
Nine different players scored for the Cougars (4-0), who also got big nights from their big men as Grant Lannin added 12 points and six rebounds and Erik Siefken had 11 points and five boards. Point guard Ments Haugen ended the game with nine points and a team-high four assists.
“This team has a variety of talents,” Mountain View coach Craig Reid said.
“It's different than last year. ... This team has quicks, shooters, an athletic wing and a couple of true posts.”
The Cougars, who host La Pine today, did a little bit of everything well against the Buckaroos.
Led by Lannin, Siefken and sophomore reserve Kaimi Kurzynowski, who had a team-high eight rebounds in just 10 minutes, Mountain View outrebounded Pendleton 52-34. The Cougars were strong shooting the ball, especially from behind the arc, connecting on eight of 17 three-point attempts. In addition to Logan, Modin hit a pair of threes, as did freshman Davis Holly, who finished with eight points.
“He's played a lot of ball and is a pretty good athlete for his size,” Reid said about the 5-foot-9 Holly, who along with Logan helped Mountain View's bench score a combined 27 points.
While all 14 players who suited up for the Cougars on Friday night found their way onto the stat sheet, Modin, Mountain View's returning all-IMC wing, sparked the home team in a variety of ways. The 6-3 Modin, whose dunk gave the Cougars a 46-30 lead less than 30 seconds into the third quarter, ended the game with five rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and a steal to go along with his 15 points.
“In space, he's as good as anyone we've had,” Reid says about the athletic Modin, a standout decathlete in track. “He's such an amazing athlete.”
Donte Robinson led Pendleton with 15 points and Quincy George added 14, but the Bucks struggled to put up much of a fight after trailing 44-30 at halftime.
Pendleton (2-3) had a brief early lead, but Mountain View snapped out of its slow start midway through the first quarter and took a 21-14 lead into the second quarter.
“We're clicking well,” Modin said after the Cougars' first home game of the season. “Yeah, we came out a little flat. But once we started hitting our shots, things opened up.”
Mountain View hit four of its eight three-pointers in the first quarter — two each by Logan and Holly — which spread the floor for the rest of the night.
“We've got different kinds of kids this year,” Reid said, “kids that have played a lot of basketball but are still pretty young.”