By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– Wheither the slow start was because of them getting used to each other, just not getting enough to eat for breakfast or a comibination of the two; the Amity Warriors found themselves in a roughly a 30-7 hole early to 4A’s North Marion.
Though young, they are eager to show they are just as capable of a group as their seniors who brought home that sixth-place trophy in March themselves as they rallied in the second half cutting it single-digits late in the game with Jaycen Nelson, who saw some Varsity minutes this past season, helping lead the way.
“well to start off, we were really, really flat. We all probably didn’t eat too much breakfast, so we probably had a little bit of energy problem and I thought that we bounced back pretty that second-half and started to play our basketball and playing it the right way,” said Nelson.
Though they would go on to lose that game 60-57 to the Huskies, that teamwork will be important as they use this summer to come together as a team for this winter, and facing teams like North Marion will help bridge that gap.
“That’s why we’re here to these bigger tournaments as a smaller school we want to play higher competition to be able to prepare ourselves for the bigger teams, the Dayton’s, the Horizon (Christian) coming up this year,” said Nelson.
“It’s going to be extremely important because we’re graduating eight people last year to this year, so that’s entirely our varsity team,” starts Nelson on the importance of this summer. “Most of these guys haven’t looked at the Varsity court this year and they’re all going to be out here playing for us, so it’s going to be real important for us to work together and make something out of it.”
They rested up for an hour, fueled up and came out with that same passion and playing of their game versus Santiam as they built a lead and held off the Wolverines for the 60-54 victory to split their first two games of the summer season.
“I felt a lot better than the first one,” smiled Nelson on the win in contrast to the first game. “But I think we did a better job taking care of the ball and not being so clumsy in the beginning and coming down in the second half losing by 20, it was better of a game for us.”
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