By Jeremy McDonald
TIGARD, Ore.– Amity were given opportunities to succeed Thursday afternoon against a fresh-faced Cascade Christian squad looking to kick off their season strongly at the opening round of the Westside Winter Jam at Westside Christian High School.
The Challengers, who graduated nine seniors from last year’s Class 3A Sixth-Place team at the State Tournament, took their best shot against the Warriors as sophomore Dominic Lewis led the way with eight first quarter points, held an 8-6 lead and we’re within a five-point 21-15 deficit to Amity entering the second quarter.
But as the Warriors were building some momentum towards that end of those first eight minutes, Amity took off in the second eight-minute stanza behind a great rebounding game starting with their six-foot-five post in Josh Wart as they transited those boards into easy points in their 69-39 win over Cascade Christian.
“We came out strong, we worked the ball around and we tried to work it out to the perimeter. We did a lot of inside-out stuff. We got the double down low and we kicked it out for the open three,” said Wart who added 15 points in the win.
The Warriors hit on seven of their three-pointers, three coming from Brian Hatch who finished with 12 points in the game.
Tyler Parr mentioned as they now prepare for City Christian in the nightcap game at 8pm Friday night in the tournament bracket, that they didn’t play the way they wanted to play in the first half but acknowledge that Friday’s game is going to give themselves a chance to make it right to get to the Bracket Championship Saturday.
“We came out and we didn’t play like we wanted to play in the first half, but we came out and put together a pretty good first half. I think we came out, looking back on this game and how we played and take the good from this game for tomorrow,” said Parr, who had 11 points in the game. “That’s what we’re going to need.
“We’re going to be playing a much better team tomorrow and they’re going to be ready so we just got to take what we learned from this game and come out strong like we did in the second half.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald