By Jeremy McDonald
Oregon City, Ore.– Easy does it.
It took about the opening seven minutes of the game for the Clackamas Community College Men’s Basketball team to wake up against the Junior Varsity squad of Pacific University.
But when they did, the Cougars found an offensive groove en route to a 83-56 victory to improve to 4-2 on the season.
“I thought we played consistently pretty hard on defense tonight and that was our vocal point is playing hard on defense and offensive execution,” said Clackamas CC Head Coach Clif Wegner. “I thought we accomplished a few of those things.
“We played a lot of different kids. We were a little shorthanded tonight. I thought kids came in, played hard “
Clackamas CC were slow out of the tip with the Pacific University JV taking full advantage of the Cougars on their heels.
Behind Josh Umbenhower’s seven early points in the opening few minutes, the Boxers had leads of one and three on Clackamas.
Umbenhower, who finished with 10 points in the game, said the coaches helped to get them to this point.
“It’s all in the preparation,” said Umbenhower. “The coaches made sure we’re attacking and know what we’re suppose to do on the team we are facing.”
Behind four points from Daniel Thiesen however, the Cougs used a 8-2 run to break a 12 all tie, a lead that they won’t relinquish for the remainder of the half and the game.
But Pacific made it interesting, keeping it to single-digits until a steal by Joey Baldwin had help spark the offense to push the lead to double-figures as they entered the half up 42-29.
“We just kept playing hard, kept playing as a team and we just followed our coaches lead,” said Clackamas Cougar Vince Boumann. “We just kept going with what the coaches were telling us to do and kept working hard and things turned out nicely for us.”
Umbenhower described the run by the Cougars and the problems the Boxers JV were having was experience.
“It all comes from experience,” added Umbenhower. “Being able to keep the energy for 40 minutes rather than after they go on a run.”
It was the Baldwin Show to start the second half though.
Flying all over the court with his braids, the sophomore picked up five points and one steal in the first three minutes and some change, Clackamas CC were on a 10-0 run to start the half.
Baldwin would go on to finish the game with 13 points and three steals.
The 10-0 run continue as it ballooned out to 22-4 before ending as Boumann added six to the run.
“That was really good, I looked up and thought ‘Wow ‘,” said Wegner. “That’s what a good team needs to learn to do is to come out and jump out on a team.”
Boumann, who finished with a game high 23 points to go with his nine rebounds, added that the team was just having fun there during the run.
“I think once we started to have fun and really started to play together as a team, we kind of started to gel,” he said. “We came together and relaxed a little bit. Our offense was started really flowing, we made our shots more.
“We just came together as a team.”
Boumann later added two three-pointers as the Cougars slowed out of their press halfway through the frame, but still had a 41-27 advantage on the Boxers.
BOX SCORE 1 2 — T
BOXERS JV 29 27 — 56
COUGARS 42 41 — 83
3-POINTERS: PACIFIC U- 5 (Umbenhower, J 2, Butterfield, A 1, Hudson, L 1, Dillenger, M 1). CLACKAMAS- 5 (Gaddis, P 2, Boumann, V 2, Rixie 1).
PHOTO GALLERY (PICTURES BY JEREMY MCDONALD)
Jeremy McDonald is a professional sports journalist in the Salem/Portland area and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalist in Oregon with B.S. degrees from Southern Oregon University in Journalism (2011) and Health/PE (2013). Got a story idea? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @J_McDonald81!
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