By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Justin Scoggins was feeling it in West Salem’s fourth-place battle with Tigard Monday evening.
Coming off of his three-point Championship win Sunday night, the six-three senior continued his shooting streak with nine three’s and 41 points.
It was as if the Senior in Scoggins said “I’ll put my team on my back” as they went to battle with a tough Tiger team to close out the Capitol City Classic as they went toe-to-toe wit their opposition Monday night to close out the Capitol City Classic at Willamette University.
“It’s good that we come out hot and focused, but I felt like we should have handled this better. It gave us confidence coming off a 20-point win against a good team (in Sprague),” said Scoggins. “We’re evenly matched , (Tigard’s) a great team. If we get a couple of stops in there, I think it’ll give ourselves a really good chance. They’re a really great team.”
Scoggins seventh three tied the game at 61 with 6:55 left and Jimmy Lathen handed them the lead before Tigard tied it on the next possession at 63.
It felt like a Chiles Center matchup as Scoggin hit on his eighth three gave them a 66-63 lead entering the final six minutes. It won’t be surprising if here in a few months that both squads meet again up in Portland battling for a State Championship
“We want to play at the Chiles Center come Spring, so this is a perfect game for us even though we lost. We got a lot to learn from it like we need to stay together, we got to be able to bounce back from big runs when guys are going at us like Drew (Carter) did today,” said Holden Whipple who scored nine points. “But that’s the kind of game we wanted if we were going to lose it.”
Carter matched Scoggins 41 and surpassed it with 49 himself as both teams traded 5-0 runs with the game coming down to the final three minutes tied at 72. Both teams too had their chances in the final minute to clinch it, but no luck as the game went in Overtime.
But it would be the Tigers who would come out victorious Monday, managing to pull away from West Salem in the extra four-minute period as the Titans went cold in the field. And as they walked off the court with that bitter taste in their mouths of knowing the game was right there for them, the game gave them something to learn from moving forward into the season.
“I think it’s big,” starts Scoggins. “It shows guys how it really is. How you can’t lay off the gas, you got to play to win and it’s what it really showed today.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald