Regis’ Comeback Falls Short Versus Knappa

By Jeremy McDonald

STAYTON, Ore.–Down roughly 15 points in the second half on the back-end of a tough back-to-back, Regis remembered what their coach said at halftime to spark them back into contention.

They got it to 44-38 middle of the fourth, but their shots couldn’t drop that allowed Knappa to increase their lead to 47-38 before a 9-0 rally by the Rams tied things up.
“During halftime we went in and coach yelled at us to pick up our intensity and we came out here and we didn’t want to get our butts kick at home,” said Cole Olheiser, who had several crucial rebounds and strong play in the post. “So we pretty much wanted to rally together and comeback.
“I think us coming back as a team and trying to push it, push as far as we could and comeback.”
Within that rally, was a five-point swing that saw Brandon Piete steal the ball and lay it in with a foul shot coming.
Piete missed the shot only to have Kirkland Scott rebound it and feed it to Dawson Dickey who laid it in and converted the ensuring ‘And 1’ to turn a 47-40 deficit to 47-45 in a matter of a few seconds.
“We just knew we weren’t playing like we could,” said Piete who tied the game with a pair of free throws moments after the scramble for five points, the senior went 14-15 from the line Saturday.  “I knew if we could play like we could, we could comeback into this because we were the better team.”
Brandon Piete (11) driving to the hoop in Saturday’s game versus Knappa (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)
But, they couldn’t get over the hump as free throws gave and iced the win for the Loggers.
It was a good test however early this season for them to battle two really good teams in Blanchet Catholic and Knappa to see where they are at and how they can improve moving forward.
“It’s just showing us that we need to work more together as a team and if we could work more and better as a team, then we’ll be a pretty darn good basketball team towards the end of the year,” Olheiser said who added four points in the loss.  “And it’s pretty good playing good teams at the beginning of the year…because we know actually who we are and what we need to improve on.”
Spencer Gaul was second in scoring for Regis with 11 points and Dickey added another 10 points.  The Rams will be on the road again Tuesday to Harrisburg to play the Eagles (2-4).
GIRLS BASKETBALL-  Regis 27, Knappa 26.  Alicen Ditter hit the game-winner for the Lady Rams to give Regis their first win of the 2017 season.
“It gives us more confidence and the drive to want to win more and work harder to get,” said Rachel Dolby on the win as the Rams will also play Harrisburg Tuesday on the road at 6pm.
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Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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