By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– At halftime, the young Cascade Boys Basketball team found themselves up four entering the third quarter.
With just one or two players who had any kind of varsity minutes last season, the Cougars were up 29-25 over Gladstone as they came back out to the court.
But, the third quarter wasn’t a pleasant one for Cascade as their shots were falling and they were for the Gladiators as Gladstone took a commanding 44-32 lead into the final frame.
“We won the first, second and fourth quarter, but that third quarter hurt us,” said Steve Ball. “They outscored us 19-3 in that quarter, we did not shoot well. We turned it over, some costly turnovers, did not give ourselves opportunities to find the basket very well; and that’s the second game we’ve done that, we’ve done that against Banks about a week ago, week-and-a-half ago.
“And yet again come out of halftime a little bit flat and just had a rough third quarter. So we got to find some energy coming out of the locker room at halftime, maybe getting them out quicker so they stay focused because we were doing a pretty good thing and then hit a bad spot.”
Then, they snapped out of their third quarter funk as they went on a 11-0 run a little into the fourth quarter that featured two three-pointers, a ‘And-One’ and a pair of free throws as they found themselves within striking distance of Gladstone.
Both teams battled as the Cougars got to two, 50-48 and Noah Glibert hit three big free throws to bring Cascade within one before intentionally fouling the Gladiators to give them one last shot for the win or to force overtime.
Gladstone makes both free throws, and the Cougars advanced the ball past half-court before calling timeout with 3.1 left in the ball game.
Coming out of the timeout, they ran Treyden Harris to the top of the key where he received the ball, pumped fake and let of the shot as the buzzer went off.
It didn’t land and the Gladiators walked off barely with a victory, but Ball was pleased with how his team battled back into contention there in that fourth quarter.
“I was very pleased, this groups is always going to fight back,” said Ball. “We’re learning how to play competitively, for us, we’re a fairly new group together. I’ve only got two guys, two-and-half guys with varsity playing experience last year. So we’re a very new crew . we bounced back, we’ll just keep building and building and hopefully by the time we hit league, we’ll be ready to play against a very, very tough league.”
Cascade will host Tillamook at 7pm at Cascade High School!
COUGAR SCORERS- Walker-24. Gilbert-10. Stormo-5. Schnepp-5. Harris-4. Osum-2. Ball-2. Beckmann-1.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald