By Jeremy McDonald
FOREST GROVE, Ore.– Its weird to think it took McKay six games to finally has cracked the 50-point mark offensively this season.
But with a young team that hasn’t seen much Varsity action until this season, it’s a work-in-progress despite dropping a tough game to Wilson Friday night at Forest Grove High School.
“We got to keep improving, we’ve really took a big step forward. Every practice we’re trying to improve, we’ve been watching film and I’m just happy that we saw some results today. It’s not what we wanted, but we’re getting there. It’s a process, “ said Ivan Gutierrez-Hernandez as the Scots scored a season-high 54 points.
McKay, who saw three sophomores and two juniors seeing the court Friday alongside seniors KR Tipkins and Tre Ceja who are the lone Varsity minute played athletes from last season’s 10-win senior heavy team, struggled in the opening 16 minutes with the pressure presented in front of them. But came out strong to finish the game in the back 16 minutes of the game in the 74-54 defeat on the road.
It’s a revolving theme for them this season said Head Coach Dean Sanderson, they’ve showed glimpses but still yet have pieced it together for a full 32-minute game yet.
“Today I thought we played 16 minutes of pretty good basketball and 16 minutes of basketball that wasn’t pretty good so that’s been kind of the theme,” said Sanderson. “Today it started in the first half it was not good and we didn’t handle the pressure that well. The second half we did a better job, it’s going to be a grind and a process and our kids are just going to have to battle with us and we’re going to have to coach them up.”
Malachi Sterling and Cole Casmey each had seven points, Ceja and Jarel Rain added another six in the game as McKay looks to build from Friday’s game into Saturday’s contest at Forest Grove High School.