By Jeremy McDonald
OREGON CITY, Ore.– It was a old school throw down in the modern era to start 2016 and the Northwest Conference.
Physical play by both Clackamas Community College and Southwestern Oregon Community College made you work for every point, assist and rebound you got
But, wading intensity and fouls for the Cougars permitted the Lakers to go 31-18 for the 97-84 victory late in the second half Tuesday evening.
“We shot 30-percent in the first half and we just told our guys, ‘we got good shooters, we just have to get good shots’,” described Southwestern Oregon Head Coach Trevor Hoppe on the second half adjustments. “Our defense helped with that, it started with good defense. But then we got good shots, which led to getting that feed there.”
The physicality started from tip in the first half of the game of basketball to start the NWAC between the Cougars of Clackamas Community College and the Lakers from Southwestern Oregon Community College, what would your response be?
Scrappy half? Physical?
You won’t be wrong.
“It was a tough game like how I like it,” said the Cougars Brayden Massey. “I like playing in tough games like that. Just banging around, that’s how basketball is suppose to be like.”
“Everyone should love to do that and I feel like when people are banging it out like that, basketball is better. It’s more fun I think.”
For the longest time, the score was stuck at eight cause of the physicality of the game.
Even when the offenses got going, it was hard earned points. The rebounds were as hard earned as points.
“That’s conference,” said Hoppe on the first half. “These games are going to be so tough and that’s what I thought at half. Its two good teams going at it. We were lucky enough to get it going in the second half.”
By halftime, both teams combined for 21 fouls and Clackamas had a 37-31 lead.
The Lakers would hang around the Cougars and battled back on several occasions.
But, the intensity from the first half and entering the second half faded as Clackamas CC committed 15 fouls in the frame compared to nine in the first half.
Tied at 66 with 12 minutes to play, those fouls and the wading intensity allowed Southwestern Oregon to score 31 of the next 49 points to steal a win from the Cougars.
For Hoppe, he hopes that his team can carry this momentum into the rest of the NWAC.
“That’s what we’re going to try to do,” said Hoppe. “We’re at home so we’re going (to) think about this one for a while and then move on to the next one and get focused on it.”
The Lakers have Umpqua Community College on January 6.
For Massey, he explained that the Cougars need to come together as a team and have a stronger mental game versus Linn-Benton on January 6.
“As we can see, not turn the ball over too much,” said Massey. “We need to play together, we need to play harder,” “We need to just come out with a better mentality next game.”
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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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