By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– With The Hoop buzzing with games playing around, on court six 3A Jefferson’s Cody Oden’s Team Jones squad held a double-digit on South Salem’s Trey Galbraith’s squad late in the 2nd half of Saturday morning’s game.
But eerie similar to the head guy in charge’s senior year at McKay two-years ago, Tristen Wilson pulled a old trick out of the playbook of Dean Sanderson with pressure as whenever Team Jones crossed half-court, they went into a half-court trap defense and forced turnovers as Galbraith cut it to three with Hoop Salem White rallied back into contention.
“Well, it’s kind of at the end of the game and your down eight and it’s a good way to create chaos in the back-court,” said Wilson. “It kind of surprised them, holding them at the end of the game and when they crossed half-court we decided to trap the first pass. It seemed like it put enough pressure on them that we were able to create some turnovers and get some fast-break lay-ins on the other side of the basket.”
The Lions and Team Jones’ Braun did a nice little pop up as they went on a 6-0 run capped by a lay-in by Amity’s Tommy Jackson to make it 56-47, the lead was cut to three before Oden helped push it back to 60-54 with two to go in the game.
But that press allowed the lead once more Galbraith hit two free throws in a run that saw the game go into overtime tied at 60.
“We didn’t play really good with it,” said Braun on the press that Hoop Salem White was throwing their way late. “We’ve only played a few times together, so everyone just need to go towards the ball and we didn’t go around the ball or towards the ball really well.
“We just got to play together, we’re playing back-to-back so we’re already ready to go so we just need to play good. We got a really good group next, we just got to close out shooters and run the floor good like how we played in the first half.
The game had to go to double overtime as Wilson called timeout as a wide-open Galbraith was in the process of throwing up a three as a attempt to be a dagger to the hearts of Team Jones with the game tied.
And with the refs granting the timeout, Wilson designed a play in which was put into play as Galbraith was fouled and made one of two free throws to steal victory from Team Jones as the soon-to-be-junior stepped up for his team with the graduation of Tyler Wadleigh at guard.
“We just battled and we just needed someone to step up and I just did that,” said Galbraith. “It’ll definitely help me next year.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald