By Jeremy McDonald
KEIZER, Ore.– The size of McNary set the pace early on versus McKary set the pace as the Celtics led 52-25 by the halftime break behind Boston Smith’s 13 points and Chandler Cavell’s 11 points.
“We crashed the board hard and we definitely pushed it in transition. I mean we got up really quick and got lay-ins,” said Smith who finished with 15 points and Cavell finished with a 19 points as they prepare for McMinnville Friday riding a five-game winning streak. “Just go hard in practice, good gameplan and keep bringing the intensity we’re bringing.”
For the Scots, who saw the deficit ballooned out to 73-45 at it’s worse entering the fourth before cutting it down to the 81-64 final, struggled on connecting on their lay-ups against McNary’s defense that resulted in transition points; will need to work on a few things before facing Jaden Nielsen-Skinner, Tyler Wadleigh and South Salem Friday at McKay.
The biggest thing, said Israel Garza, is defense and runs by the other team’s offense.
“I think it’s the fact that when a lot of teams start getting a run, it starts causing our energy to drop and we’re not able to do things on the defensive end,” said the Scots Garza, who had 12 points in the loss for McKay. “It starts in practice you know? Us and the coaches have been talking things we can do defensively especially since we have to have energy to come out strong every game and not lack.”
Andre Tovar led all McKay scorers with 18 points and McNary’s Lucas Garvey finshed with a team-high 21 points, eight of those points coming in the second quarter and six in the third quarter.
QUARTER 1 2 3 4 — T
SCOTS 12 13 20 19 — 64
CELTICS 24 28 21 8 — 81