By Jeremy McDonald
OREGON CITY, Ore.– The Men of Clackamas Community College Basketball weren’t going down without a fight in their own tournament.
Faced with a seven-point deficit under 11 minutes to go in halftime, the Cougars rallied in the second half to pull off a 97-89 victory Wednesday night to finish third in the CCC Holiday Tournament.
“It was real important (to finish strong),” said Parker Gaddis. “For us going into league, especially with a win, it feels good going in there just knowing that.
“I know we didn’t compete well in the first half, but then we stick together in the second half and that’s what we’re going need a lot of in league.”
“Offensively we played three really good ball games,” added Clackamas Community College Head Coach Clif Wegner. “I think we’re only team in the NWAC to be shooting 50-percent from the field on the season and I think we’ll continue to do that.”
Wegner mentioned how Vince Boumann, Joey Baldwin, Raven Fraizer exerted energy during the tournament and is expecting them to continue to lead the team entering league play on Saturday.
Clackamas Community College were out hustled in the first part of the first half as they found themselves down 22-15 with 1045 left in the opening half.
But, behind Boumann and Baldwin scoring and the set up by Brayden Massey and Fraizer, the Cougs slowly crawled back into the game.
The fight was capped by a Massey three-pointer to tie the game up at 44 entering the halftime break.
Riding that momentum into the second half, Boumann scored five straight points to spark the Clackamas offense to a 10-0 run to start.
The defense settled in and targeted Devan Kohn, limiting him to eight points and five rebounds in the second half after a 14-point, eight-rebound first.
“He’s an undersized post kid, but he was athletic and he hurt us in the post in the first half. We were trying to get off of him a little bit,” Wegner described the game plan against him. “We tried to push him a little harder to catch the ball so we can dig down on him and help on him.
“We kind of shut him down in the second half, he didn’t do too much. I thought that was a good adjustment.”
Walla Walla found a way around that however.
With the help of their three-point game, a strength of the team, they got the game to within one with under eight minutes to play.
The Cougars responded with Boumann and Fraizer; both helped Clackamas build a 84-74 lead before the Warriors scored again to keep the lead for good.
Gaddis explained the tale of the two halves as how they played to their abilities and he compared the three-day haul with only nine players to play to league.
“The first half, I don’t think we played as well as know we could have,” said Gaddis. “In the second half we just started sticking together and sticking to what we do best. I feel like mostly we play with heart, I think what the second half came down to.
“I feel like that’s what league is going to be like, it’s going to be more about grind it out. It’s the little things, I think that’s what helped us in the second half.”
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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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