By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.–They knew they needed a big win to start the second half of the PacWest Conference and to try to keep their playoff hopes alive, and they found a win to make it happened Tuesday Night versus Scio on the road.
“The guys and I had a team meeting after the lost to Blanchet and talked about what we need to do to get better We took that and did it tonight. They stayed poise when we were up and poised when we got down,” said Head Coach Ben Schultz as it came down to the last play.
Schiltz drew up a play to have Elvis Vallejo come off the screen to take the ball for the shot, but also had senior Derrick Jaramillo down on the boxes by the hoop as an alternative to Hicks if he was not open.
With 0.9 left in the game, fellow senior Alex Isorida passed it to Jaramillo as Jaramillo quickly got the shot up and it fell in as the buzzer rang and as Jaramillo and the crew were celebrating, Schultz was in disbelief as he joined his players in celebration.
“When Alex Isorida passed the ball to him all I could think was ‘wow he is wide open’ and he knocked it down,” said Schultz. “I was just about to swallow some water when Derrick hit the shot I spilled some on me. I was pumped as much as the kids.
“When we went back to the locker room we all started jumping up and down with each other. Definitely a great bonding moment.”
As for Jaramillo, the senior was beyond excited about hitting the big shot for his squad.
“I’ve never had a moment like that before,” said Jaramillo. “It wasn’t a drawn out play but it was wide open and alex isordia delivered a perfect lob to me.”
Now they have celebrated the win, it’s now onto the Braves of Chemawa Friday when Chemawa travels to Gervais at 7:30pm.
“The game itself was just intense the whole, going back and forth taking the lead. We knew we had to come in fired to start the game and after the half to beat them. The team did well, and it gives a lot of momentum moving into our next game against Chemawa,” said Jaramillo.