By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.—Who would’ve knew that Scio would’ve pushed the top team in the PacWest to the brink of defeat Saturday afternoon on the road.
The Loggers came out swinging as neither team scored the first 2:32 of the game as Scio’s Blake Lackner broke the 0-all tie with a Free Throw, and the Logger defense held the Cavaliers to without a basket until the 3:42 left in the first quarter thanks to RJ Veliz.
If it wasn’t that, Scio held Blanchet to four first quarter points as the Loggers led the game 10-4.
“We did lay-ins during the JV halftime and it woke us up and we were ready to come out to the game, like, ‘Ok, these guys are good, we can’t let them go on a run. Let’s take it to them’,” said Lackner, who scored 24 points in the game. “It seemed to help out.”
But the Cavs came out swinging in the second, and at one point of the second, Blanchet were riding a 15-2 run to take a 19-12 lead.
However, Scio didn’t roll over as they hanged tough for most of the reminder of the game as they eventually took a 33-32 lead off a Lackner lay-up in heavy traffic as they held a brief three-point lead.
Veliz and crew, who were trying to get back on track after their loss Thursday night at North Marion, regained the lead in the fourth; but the Loggers kept it close in the final frame as they were within one to three points.
But Veliz would hit some key free throws to ice the win over a hard fighting Scio squad to get back on track following a tough North Marion loss Thursday.
“It was vital, that was a rough one, but we’re back on track and I’m excited for the rest of the season,” said Veliz. “It was a rough one at first, we kept pushing through it, and we like to get a ‘W’, we’ll fix some things in practice and get back at it.”
Though frustrated, you saw promise out of this young Scio squad as they host Chemawa on Friday.
“I’m really proud of the young guys,” said Lackner. “They played real solid defense, I’m really proud of them.”
BC SCORERS-Veliz-25.Bashaw-20. Bogat-2. Sindlinger-2
SCIO SCORERS- Lackner-24. Gray-7. Harrison-4. Holmberg-2. Ellis-2. Slusser-2. Yoder-1.
GIRLS BASKETBALL- The Scio Girls came out swinging against Blanchet as they opened the game with a sound 8-0 lead over the number three team in the State of Oregon about a minute into the game as they showed aggressiveness and were going toe-to-toe with the Cavs during the first quarter of the game.
“It was really good,” said Olivia Bennett. “Our intensity was up a lot and we were running our plays and playing together as a team. Then after the first quarter, we started to do our own thing, we were playing for ourselves. We weren’t playing as a team.”
Slowly Blanchet tied the game up at eight as they outscored the Loggers 37-7 for the reminder of the half as they took a 37-15 lead at halftime as the Cavailers guided to victory Saturday night as they took the momentum from their big win versus North Marion Thursday to Saturday.
“Everyday we try to go ‘1-0’,” said Ana Coronado. “And so we took the momentum from that game and were hoping to build upon everything and never come back down in league play.”
For the Cavailers, they are at Chemawa Tuesday as they look to go ‘1-0’ again as they look to continue to stay ahead of Salem Academy in the PacWest Standings.
“Every team is different. Every team is very different and we just try to find their weakness’. But we know just because it’s North Marion, it doesn’t mean when we go play other teams in our league that it’s any different,” said Coronado. “Like I said we train the same. We work hard in every practice, work hard everyday to go ‘1-0’.”
For the Loggers, they too play the Braves, but on Friday at home; and with a week to brew over this loss, they’ll be ready to go ‘1-0’ themselves as they look to improve to 3-2 in league play next Friday.
“We just have to focus on playing together as a team and keepin our intensity up throughout the whole game and running our plays, running our offense through,” said Bennett.
SCIO SCORERS- Gray-10.Bennett-9. Reger-6. Wallen-5.Clouse-2
CAV SCORERS- Poole-15. Phipps-14.Coronado-8.Hittner-8. Salang-4.Elmore-3.Ostby-2.Liao-2
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