By Jeremy McDonald
SHERIDAN, Ore.– Chemawa could easily be 5-0 to start the 2019 calendar year entering their Tri-River League game with Delphian if their game didn’t get away from them versus Santiam late.
Following their 60-28 win over the Dragons on the road, the Braves improved to 7-3 in league play after winning their fourth-straight game and their fifth in six games since coming back from Winter Break.
Unlike most schools, many kids are out of state athletes and during Winter Break go back home while their counterparts play during the break. But coming back from break, the Braves looked like they haven’t skipped a beat, like the vacation didn’t happen with the squad picking up their ninth win of the season.
By halftime of their game versus Delphian, Devonte Beach had 19 of his 23 points in the first half with the Braves leading 36-16 on their host on the hill that Delphian sits on.
“We came out and we got into our offense, got it going early, got the early lead and it continued from there,” said Beach of the first half.
What the five-eleven junior started, their six-two senior post in Clement Afterbuffalo and five-eight junior guard Davey Hogan continued.
Afterbuffalo finished with 13 points, nine coming in the second half while Hogan’s eight points came in the second half. The perimeter defense with Hogan, Beach and company helped create rebound opportunities for Afterbuffalo and the post and turnovers on the edge, while holding the Dragon offense to 12 second half points.
But, with how well they’ve started the 2019 calendar year, the level of intensity will magnify tremendously.
For starters, Chemawa (9-7, 7-3) faces Western Christian Saturday and Sheridan Monday. The Braves nearly defeated the Spartans on December 18 at Chemawa before facing Kennedy on February 1 at home.
“We just got to come out strong in the first half and pushing it,” said Afterbuffalo. “Keeping the tempo and playing smart defense, playing together.”