By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.— At 4-10 and 1-5 in the Greater Valley Conference 14 games into their 24 game 2015-2016 schedule, the McKay Royal Scot Boys Basketball team have came a long way during the first part of the season.
“We’ve came a long way from a team aspect,” describe Tristen Wilson. “We’ve gotten put into a situation where we’re in a different offense and a different defense. So I think our team with our sophomores and juniors are kind of stepping up into the roles and finding their places midway through the season.”
Confidence is high as the team progresses through the season and continue to get better with every practice said Israel Garza.
“I feel like everyday we’re getting better and better,” said Garza. “Like Coach says, ‘Everyday is a One-Percent Better’, and I feel like the more we practice and we step into this we’ll start to be a better team.” (024)
With a roster that has only five seniors to five juniors and three sophomores, Wilson is impressed with how the eight non-seniors have progressed through the season and is confident about the team through the rest of the season and heading into next season.
“It helped us seniors out a lot, we wouldn’t be in this offense if it was without them,” he said. “I think that if these guys keep progressing as the season goes through and getting better, then I think next year is looking great for these guys.
“There a little undersized but I think these guys have worked their butts off all year and if they continue to do so, then they’ll be a good team.”
With two big games coming up this week on the road versus West Albany (4-10, 1-5 GVC) and Forest Grove (10-4, 4-2 GVC), the importance is there with their playoff hopes dwindling.
But a win Tuesday against the Bulldogs, can give them the spark they need to finish the season strong.
“These next two games are really important to our season,” said Wilson. “If we get a win tomorrow then it’s going to change our momentum.
“I mean all we need is one win to spark this thing, we’re on a four-game losing streak but one win can spark it and it’ll be great for us going towards the end of the season.”
Garza knows that if they play as they practice and play like they did to start the season, along with trust in the system, then they’ll be fine.
“They’re real important,” said Garza. “We’ve been practicing hard and I feel like we can come out here and we can play like we play in the first couple of games.”
“We just have to trust the system. We got to work as a team because we can’t do it by ourselves. I feel that if we trust the system, maybe we can make playoffs.”
Tip off for the West Albany game is slatted for 7pm in Albany with tip off for the Vikings showdown at 7:15pm in Forest Grove on Friday.
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!