By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– At the end of Monday’s practice as the McKay Royal Scots Men’s Basketball Team look to West Albany the next night, Head Coach Dean Sanderson talked at end of practice about motivation, finishing strong and remainding the seniors about how much playing time they had left.
Matt Espinoza, Jack Martino chimed in: To do their best, no matter what the result might be.
“For these guys, it’s about leaving the right legacy,” Sanderson said afterwards. “These guys have worked their butts off for four years and they’ve came a long way and I want to see them to go out the right way.
“Part of me, it’s emotional. I don’t want to see them go, I like being around these guys. So last thing I want is for them to go out the wrong way and I don’t want to see them leave anyway.”
Knowing that his practices and games for that matter are dwindling, senior Darrell Woods looks at the sport itself as a motivator for this next week or so.
“I look at it like basketball itself. Just playing basketball,” he said. “You got to go hard no matter how hard it is.
“That’s what motivates me, just for a love for basketball. That’s what I put in front of me, just basketball itself.”
Woods then translated that motivating talk by his coaches into getting the ball rolling versus West Albany Tuesday night and then into Friday night at West Salem to finish this season the McKay Way.
“Like coach said, not giving up even though the scoreboard might look terrible,” started Woods on West Albany. “I know if we can battle, we can get them. Last time we beat them so I mean why we can’t do that again?”
DATE TEAM TIME
2/16 VS. WEST ALBANY 7:00PM
2/19 @ WEST SALEM 7:15PM
2/23 VS. MCNARY 7:00PM*
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!