By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.–Not many people expect the Royal Scots of McKay’s Boys Basketball team to be 9-2 and 3-0 in the Greater Valley Conference at this point of the season.
Maybe expect for those in the gym every, single day from Head Coach Dean Sanderson all the way down to the Junior Varsity and Freshman squads.
Well, this week will be another test for the Scots as they host McNary (10-2, 3-1 GVC) Tuesday, travel to South Salem (4-8, 1-3) Friday and host Forest Grove (9-3, 3-1) Saturday; but it’s where they want to be.
“I think this is an important week, we got an important game versus McNary, and we got to put everything we got like we always do,” said Hayden Hull. “I don’t know how to put it, as my senior year I put it as one of the most important parts of the season. Three important games, it’s one of our biggest weeks of the whole season.”
Up first is the Celtics, coming off their lowest scoring game of the year in a 56-47 loss to West Salem this past Friday.
But, this is expected to be a high-scoring affair to start the week for both teams. McKay leads the State of Oregon AT ANY LEVEL with 971 points scored (roughly 88.5 points a game), McNary is right behind them at 883 points a game (roughly 73.5 a game), second highest at any of the six classifications of the OSAA.
The nearest these two is 3A’s Dayton at 872.
But besides the offensive fireworks, the Scots will have to slow down the athleticism and the strength of a Celtic team who’s said to be favorite to win the GVC this year.
“It’s going to be really tough,” said Sanderson on facing McNary Tuesday night. “There a really good team and they’re bigger, stronger, more experienced. We have to play at our tempo and we can’t play their game and hope to win.”
McKay’s tempo got them this far, and they need to bring it for a full 32 if they expect to not just contend, but hand the Celts just their third loss of the season and second of the GVC season.
There’s an old saying of going ‘1-0’.
This means that the game in front of you is the only thing your focusing on. To win, you go ‘1-0’, and it starts with that ‘1-0’ mindset in practice and carry that ‘1-0’ mindset into the game.
That’s no different for the Scots for Tuesday night.
“It’s important because we have to focus on at practice,” said Khyler Beach. “There’s a lot of talk going around about the game so we have to focus on the game and not nobody else.”
Don’t get these guys wrong, they are fully aware of the situation they are in entering this week and are embracing it as they should, but they are only focusing on going ‘1-0’ right now.
Tip-off for ‘The Mc-Battle’ is at 7pm at McKay High School.
Current Points Scored as of 8pm January 9, 2016.
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