By Jeremy McDonald
FOREST GROVE, Ore.– It was a heartbreaking way to see their Title aspirations Saturday afternoon at Forest Grove.
After a strong back-and-forth first half of the game, Seaside slowly pulled away in their 49-40 win over Stayton.
It just came down to the Eagle shots just wouldn’t fall while the Seagull shots were during the final 16 minutes of the game.
“Second half we came out, we knew we were down by one and they were going to shoot three’s and the mentality that we need to spread the floor more,” said Micah Jenkins. “They were just hitting their three-pointers and it seemed like every shot that we took, it wouldn’t fall. It was flat out they were hitting shots and we weren’t.”
Seaside’s recipe for success was to be physical against the height that they were giving up. Don’t give up the easy shot to Kaleb Anundi and Riley Nichol.
Nichol (18) and Anundi (12) combined for 30 of the Eagles points after accounting for 46 last night against Henley thanks to the physicality that the Seagulls brought.
Something they can take into Saturday afternoon’s game versus Woodburn, the squads third meeting this season with Stayton winning the first two meetings during Oregon West Conference-play.
“You can’t back down from physicalness. Seaside, we feel like, they were the aggressor. They fouled a lot but it didn’t matter to them, it goes to show you that the more physical team is going to end up on top,” said Nichol, who added seven rebounds to his point total.
“We’re just going to bottle this up and use it. Playing them twice, playing them a third time in the State playoff, it’s going to be fun.”
Anundi was one rebound shy of a double-double with nine rebounds. Jenkins had six points and five rebounds in the game.