By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– It wasn’t a pretty game, but they got the job done.
South Salem were challenged on the boards by the height of TJ Zimmerman and the West Albany guards tested the ball-handling skills of the Saxons in South Salem’s 67-51 Capitol City Classic-opening win Thursday night.
“They’re pretty good players, we didn’t know much them going into it but they definitely proved something that we definitely need to talk more on defense and play more of our game because that should’ve been a little different than it was” said Trey Galbraith. “But got the job done, did our thing so we’ll be ready to go tomorrow.”
Zimmerman finished with 16 points as the Saxons Cole Hardy, who finished with 14 points himself, pushed the South Salem ahead after the opening quarter 15-13 coming off a first quarter in which the Saxons committed seven fouls.
But South would go on to set the pace in the second quarter, separating themselves by halftime 34-22, while using a 5-0 run to close out the opening half after the Bulldogs found themselves down 29-22 moments earlier.
“It was nice getting some momentum going. We didn’t have anything going for us in the first quarter defensively and we started picking up our man, getting pressure on them making it not easy for them any good shots and good passes,” starts Galbraith.
“I felt like it disrupted their game a little bit, getting us some Fastbreak buckets. Pick-and-roll game got going, so it started flowing, it was good.”
South’s lead topped 16, 60-44, at the 3:20 mark following a Kieran Purett lay-in as the Saxons play Tigard at 6pm Friday in the Championship Quarterfinals Bracket. West Albany plays Parkose Friday at 10am in the consolation bracket.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald