SALEM, Ore.– It’s hard to look past a great win that the McKay Boys Basketball team got over Rival North Salem Friday for their first victory of the season.
That was Friday, and Tuesday brings another game and a new focus on Sprague High School as the Royal Scots entered the gym following a pre-practice film session.
“We pointed out a million things we could’ve done much better to take control of that game a lot earlier than we did,” said McKay Head Coach Dean Sanderson. “North Salem did a good job of controlling the pace from the middle of the second quarter to the middle of the third quarter.
“We’re not going to win games against good teams if that happens in long stretches like that when the other team takes complete control. Part of this is that we got to get better every day.”
The practice intensity was suffocating in the Scots gym. One after one, the McKay Men flew around the court to prepare for the Olympic task on Kuebler Blvd the next night.
“We just have to forget about all the good stuff we did and know that we did it good,” said Ryan Bangs. “And focus on the stuff that we did wrong and we need to get better at it.”
The Olympians (0-3, 0-1 GVC), lost their Greater Valley Conference opener to their rival South Salem 71-57 and have struggled to piece together an offense, averaging 55.3 points a game and have permitted 74.3 a game defensively.
Pretty close to the 75 a game to what the Scots averaged offensively this season.
But, the game plan said Bangs, is similar to the one they had against the Vikings. Start fast.
“Just come out the same way we did with North Salem and get better today at practice,” he said. “Go as hard as we can.”
Tipoff is at 7pm at Sprague High School.
PHOTOS OF PRACTICE (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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