By Jeremy McDonald
MEDFORD, Ore.– Dayton found ways to get back to the game Thursday night at the Dutch Bros Christmas Classic Cascade Christian High School against Hidden Valley.
Their 62-50 victory may suggest a late pull away, in which it kind of was, but at one point in the second quarter (down 12 points) and again in the third (33-25), the Pirates had to rally back to even tie it at 25 at halftime and take a 40-35 lead entering the fourth quarter.
“We definitely started off slow, we weren’t ready and we kicked it into gear there halfway through the first quarter. Just started to play defense, not as sloppy getting stops and pushing the ball and get lay-ins in,” said Dawson Ashley.
Ashley, who scored a team-high 22 points, hit the tying shot entering halftime that pulled Dayton even entering the second half with some momentum after shaking off their bus ride legs.
The Mustangs answered with an 8-0 run and had put the Pirates in danger of going down double-figures once more before finishing the third quarter on a 15-2 run to swing momentum fully into their favor as the clock approached 10:30 at night.
It wasn’t Coos Bay, but the adversity of the bus ride plus in-house adversity of illness had challenged Dayton that they rose to the occasion for.
“It feels good, especially in games like these when we come down here on a bus ride. We’re tired, everyone’s sick…we’re down and we comeback, it feels good,” said Payton Garrison. “We just got to come out tomorrow hot. We can’t start off slow again, we’re going to come out strong and work out from there.”
Garrison, one of the kids who were feeling under the weather, roared to life with 15 points. Eleven of those 15 came in the second half for the Senior.
Kody Fuller had nine points for the Pirates and Benji Hudson added another six as the Pirates held strong in their lead to advance to play host-Cascade Christian Friday night at 4:30pm
Photos By Jeremy McDonald