By Jeremy McDonald
TUALATIN, Ore.– Seeing the press in the second-game of the season was a good eye-opener for Salem Academy entering their game Friday evening at the Westside Winter Jam Tournament.
Entering the second quarter against Creswell, the Crusaders led the Bulldogs 11-8 before the press threw Salem Academy into a loop they weren’t prepared for in their 57-42 loss Thursday afternoon.
“We weren’t mentally to go from the opening tip. I think our game against OES, we had it pretty easy and we came in with that same mindset that we were going to outrun this team,” said Bennett Bos. “We’ll see them again in three weeks, hopefully the outcome is a little different.”
Bos finished with a game-high 20 points and Hunter Schwenke another ten points in the defeat.
The Crusaders had their opportunities, as the Bulldogs pushed their lead to 13 in the third quarter after taking a 28-19 lead into the halftime break as they slowly came around during the second frame. Eventually cutting the lead to 39-33 with about 1:30 left in the third frame, but free throws hindered the comeback as they went 3-for-11 in the contest as fatigue sank in for the squad down the stretch.
With them playing again Friday at 5pm, they know how much a good learning experience it was in coming in mentally prepared to go. No matter who’s in front of them.
“You can be beat on any given night, so we got to keep that same mindset. We just got to come out hard on defense and hit our shots,” said Bos. “It’s good to get slapped in the face really beginning of the year, knowing we can be beat. Things to work on in practice, just staying intensed and not take plays off. Learning from it and getting better the next game.”
Creswell’s Dalton Dewey had a team-high 16 points in the game.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald