COOS BAY, Ore.– Throughout all the adversity, Amity kept battling. The adversity of missed shots, turnovers and missed opportunities at the foul stripe, the Warriors kept battling versus De La Salle North Catholic Thursday.
They were down double figures in the second half as they found a groove and got within seven in the final two, three minutes of the game behind Dylan Stearns, Devin McShane and company and the fans of their hometown cheering them on at North Bend High School.
“Oh I love it,” said Dyland Stearns. “We’ve kept battling, you’ve got to keep telling yourself that your good. There’s going to be times when shots aren’t going to fall. That’s when defensively you got to pick up and our defense picked up and our shots didn’t fall. We got looks we wanted, it just didn’t go down.”
The defense of Amity picked up nine steals and 43 total rebounds in the game. McShane had nine of those rebounds and Jaycen Nelsen had another eight and three Warriors players, including Stearns and team leading scorer McShane, that had two steals apiece to help set up the offensive opportunities in the very scrappy and physical match0up to close out Day one of the State Tournament.
But critical plays down the stretch by the Knights proved too much of Stearns and company’s fiery passion that denied the Warriors from mounting a comeback when the buzzer rang on the 67-60 result of the game.
The looks of frustration is there, you saw the pain and hurt these guys were feeling at that moment knowing what could’ve been.
But they cannot reflect nor let this one game dicate the rest of this tournament, they still have one more game left at least versus a Blanchet Cathlotic team looking to rebound after their 49-36 loss to Harrisburg Friday morning at Marshfield High School.
“We just have to channel all of our energy, all of our frustration, all of our saddeness, all of our stuff…if we do that,we’re going to take it to Blanchet,” said Stearns.
The prize they are chasing now is fourth and to finish this season the same way they did entering the Elite 8 and that the performance that they showed Thursday. With passion and fight.
Box Score Via the OSAA
Devin McShane 5-16 7-7 20; Dylan Stearns 4-11 3-7 12; Jaycen Nelson 3-7 2-7
9; Deryk Stearns 3-6 0-1 6; Brandon Wilson 1-2 2-5 4; Kodiak Yaeger 2-3 0-0
4; Clint Hatch 0-5 3-4 3; Sam White 0-2 2-2 2; Tyler Parr 0-0 0-0 0; Tyler
Berrier 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-53 19-33 60.
De La Salle North Catholic.... 20 10 16 21 - 67
Amity......................... 18 8 12 22 - 60
3-point goals--De La Salle North Catholic 5-15 (Kadeem Nelson 3-5; Kadren
Addy 2-5; George Sadi 0-3; Jordanos Lincoln 0-2), Amity 5-23 (Devin McShane
3-11; Jaycen Nelson 1-3; Dylan Stearns 1-6; Kodiak Yaeger 0-1; Sam White
0-1; Deryk Stearns 0-1). Fouled out--De La Salle North Catholic-Emmanuel
Reiley, Amity-Kodiak Yaeger; Brandon Wilson. Rebounds--De La Salle North
Catholic 46 (Emmanuel Reiley 9), Amity 43 (Devin McShane 9). Assists--De La
Salle North Catholic 7 (Theo Aclan 3), Amity 9 (Devin McShane 3). Total
fouls--De La Salle North Catholic 25, Amity 23. Technical fouls--De La Salle
North Catholic-None, Amity-None.
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