By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– After losing a tough game to Oregon Episcopal School Thursday that snapped a four-game winning streak, Blanchet Catholic bounced back with a 65-32 victory Saturday night before they head into the Third-Annual MLK Yoda Showcase at Corban University to take on Amity Monday evening.
The quick turnaround didn’t allow the Cavailers to falter off their beaten path of success as they came out with hot heads from the tip against the Loggers, jumping out to a 32-13 halftime lead and left no doubt that their third loss of the season was going to slow the boys down.
“It’s just great because we had one practice and we had a game the next day, OES and team’s like that this year have been running zone against us all the time just because our one-on-one match-ups are lined up pretty highly in our favor,” said RJ Veliz. “So it was good they played zone the whole game, gave us a look of what Amity may run against us Monday.”
The Warriors, who were off to a hot start to the season with seven consecutive wins and winning nine of their first 10 games, have since lost four of their last five entering the match-up that is slated for the 7:45pm nightcap of the Showcase event.
And though they’ve seen that zone look before and will expect it if Amity goes forth running it, all of this good practice of seeing the front and executing a plan around it to perfection when team’s run it down the stretch.
“It’s great, we’ve played one of the toughest schedules in 3A so far, playing State teams in the 3A and 4A level and I think that’s preparing us for later on in the season where we hopefully can make it to Coos Bay,” said Veliz. “Just winning that first play-in game to get to Coos Bay. Then when we get there, we’ll probably see most of the team’s that we’re going to face already so that’s great having that tough competition and prepare us for that.”
Veliz finished with a 22 point, 10 assist, seven rebound double-double as Mike Bashaw 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assist and Steven Copple added another eight point, 11 rebound and three assist performance in the victory.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald