By Jeremy McDonald
JEFFERSON, Ore.– Sheridan lived up to their mantra of ‘0-0 plus 2’ en route on going ‘1-0’ on the day for their 11th-straight win of the season 68-55 over Coquille.
The game was up-tempo and fast as set by the Spartans and their defense early that fed right into their offense.
By halftime the score was 34-21 in favor of the undefeated Sheridan squad, but there was a feeling that the lead could have been larger if they didn’t fall into the foul and turnover hole during the opening half.
“Last time we played these guys, we didn’t do that very well,” said Jacob DeBoff on their tempo on both sides of the ball. “We ended up pulling it out by four point I say and that really motivated us to come out hard today trying to stretch that a little bit.
Joey Daniel scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half with the Spatans stretched out their lead on a 11-4 11-4 advantage after DeBoff’s latest score put the Spartans up 45-27 with 2:40 left. DeBoff finished with 11 points in the win.
The Red Devils answered with their biggest run of the game and got the game to within nine after Jace Haagen drained a three, Haagen finished with seven in the game for Coquille. DeBoff made it a 10 point game with a pair of three throws.
Hayden Davis tried to get it back to single-digits, but couldn’t hit either of his free throws as the Sheridan defense tried to account both the six-four Davis and the six-three Jeremy Kistner from scoring and winning the rebounding battle.
“They got the two big guys (Davis and Kistner), they’re definitely physical down-low,” said Don Henely. “But we took away from them, we definitely played to their weakeness today and we didn’t let them do what they wanted to do.”
Chris Savoldi and company down in the trenches made sure that they were as physical, if not more physical, than Davis and Kistner with the Spartans winning a good chunk of the rebounding battle that they fed into their offense.
Henely split his two free throws to hand Sheridan a 49-38 lead after three as it was the closest that Coquille got to single-digits for the remainder of the game with Sheridan finishes the day 11-0 on the season.
But with a Toledo team that entered Friday’s game with Jefferson 6-0, the Spartans need to clean up their fouls and turnovers entering Saturday afternoon’s game with the Boomers ability to score with three games of at least 80-points scored.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald