By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– As they wrapped up the first week of the Winter Sports Season, the South Salem Boys basketball team was the last squad of the Saxons Boys and Girls Basketball teams to have fun in a light little scrimmage that introduces the teams to the South Salem fan base Friday night.
After circling around on who will tip it off for the Red Team, which they settled with Eric Lungu to go up against Treyden Harris on the opening tip, it was the last times for guys like Lungu, Jaden Nielsen-Skinner and Ryan Brown to partake in the scrimmaging fun before the season starts here with a jamboree at Sunset High School on November 28.
“I don’t know how to answer that really, it’s a bittersweet moment. I’m upset it’s my last year but I’m excited for the journey moving forward, that’s all about what I got,” said Nielsen-Skinner, who was just coming off signing his Letter of Intent to Portland State University earlier in the day.
Diego Fuianomo returned from a year absent from basketball adds size with his six-five muscular frame in the trenches along with a brick wall in Peyton Kreitzer.
Harris is a new, fresh face on the court after transferring from Cascade High School entering this season and has played against Brown through their years in the Turner and Stayton area as he brings height (six-four) and range with his shooting ability that can fill in the shoes left by the graduated guard Tyler Wadleigh.
“I just got to fill my spot, this team brought me in as family. Like a brotherhood, they treat me well. I’m just going to take a bigger step and fill-in the 6A shoes,” said Harris. “We have great ball movement , everyone runs down the court and everyone gets to where they’re suppose to be to win.”
Skinny was being Skinny, Harris and Brown showed off their dunking abilities. Trey Galbraith showed off his court awareness as the 2018-2019 Saxons showed the crowd some fireworks, but nothing too serious as they try to save their playbook work for when the season officially kicks off.
It may be the lone time they’ll have this kind of loose fun on home court involving a game-like situation this season, but they made the most of it as Head Coach Tyler Allen poked fun at his athletes whenever a Harlem Globetrotter pass went terribly wrong or give them props when they made a great play as well.
“I feel like it’s going to be a way different team than last year, yeah we lost a scorer but we gained another one. We gained size so I think this season’s bright. This season is looking bright,” said Nielsen-Skinner on the squad. “(Chiles Center) is always the goal.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald