By Jeremy McDonald
Scio Boys Basketball found themselves in a lot of close battles in 2018, four of their losses came within four points of going the other way and two coming within eight of tying the game as they returning a solid crew of returners entering this season.
“Last year we competed with most teams, we just didn’t pull off that many victories. We’ve lost a lot of close battles, we played some good teams tough and I think that experience having those guys back who all were in those experiences last year hopefully helps us close out some of those close victories,” said Logger Head Coach Jesse Gerig-Heyerly on the Scio squad that finished 7-17 overall and 4-8 in the old PacWest Conference last season.
With a core group of Koby LeFeber, Healey Hunter, Lance Grossman, Garrett Workinger (Harrison last season) leading the way with Austin Ellis returning to the basketball court after a year wrestling give Scio an average lineup height of at least five-eleven to six-two with size to go with the height.
Gerig-Heyerly also mentioned about how, second week into Winter Season with practice, it feels like they are already ahead of schedule compare to how they started last season.
Workinger, who was second-team All-League as a sophomore last season, knows that last season’s close battles is a good foundation for them as a team as they enter one of the toughest league’s in the new look PacWest Conference with Salem Academy, Blanchet Catholic, Amity and Yamhill-Carlton.
“It feels good. It feels like we’re more ready to play right away and not learn along the way so we’re ready to start winning games right away,” said Workinger. “Just better ball-handling and knowing what we’re doing. Last year, down at crunch time, we weren’t thinking straight. I think we’re more older and more experienced now.”
Scio opens up the 2018-2019 season on November 29 at St. Paul at 7pm with their Home Opener the next night on November 30 when they host Santiam Christian at 8pm.