By Jeremy McDonald
GLADSTONE, Ore.– The Cougars of Cascade were certainly flying high entering the second quarter versus Gladstone Friday evening as they rode the momentum of defeating Central by two into a 21-6 lead entering the second quarter.
The big component? Engery.
“We were moving the ball around, we were getting good looks,” said Cascade’s Treyden Harris on the mojo flowing.
On the other side, Lyric Warren only had three points entering the second eight minute-frame and surely made the most of it.
The senior Gladiator lived up to the basketball phrase of “shooters shoot” and he just couldn’t miss.
His three three-pointers equated to half of Gladstone’s points in the second quarter and he hit four-more in the third as his shot stroke was on-point as the Gladiators outscored the Cougars 43-15 with Warren owning 21 of those 43 points.
“It’s just really important to keep the teammates heads up, keep them going, keep them pushing,” said Gladstone’s Warren. “And they fell into place, pieces just feel into place and it was a lot easier.
“(Cascade) play tough D, they got some good players. Just had to keep shooting, keep confident and shots just went in. It was a good shooting performance for our team.”
The steep swing in momentum is an understatement to say the least as Cascade couldn’t find an answer to Warren and though Harris found a spark late in the fourth quarter as did Jordan Sampson during the third quarter, the Cougars couldn’t find that energy they had to start the game as the Gladiators took the game 62-49.
And the big factor points out Damian Ball, was how they walked out to start that second quarter and how they know moving forward to never let that happen again moving forward.
“To be honest, when we came out for that second quarter, we thought we already had them beat as a team,” said Ball. “Our energy level went down and the other team recognized that early on and took advantage of it and that’s when they took a big run to catch up to us.
“We just need to take a lesson from this game to never back-down to a team no matter how far ahead you are in the game. Just keep on playing.”
The Cougars will be back at home to host their tournament Wednesday night at 7pm versus Elmira.
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