By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– The first quarter was probably of expected in the SCTC Holiday Classic Semi-final match as Stayton led North Salem 17-16 in the Eagles 63-40 win Friday night.
The Vikings came out firing, hitting four first quarter three-pointers as Jonathan Daniel’s lay-in with three seconds left in the frame the difference in the game so far.
With four wins on the young season entering their eighth game of the year, hitting the shots right off the bat was a good start points North Salem Head Coach Lane McLeod. But it’s how they adjust to the other team’s adjustment that’s still a work in progress as they wrap up their preseason slate against Valley Catholic Saturday.
“Hitting some shots really helps out with a lot of things and we hit shots immediately right off the bat,” said McLeod. “We need a whole lot more of practice time because when we allow teams to set up that are bigger than us, we get killed on the post and it opens up a lot of thing for them.
“We just need practice time to work on the adjustments on slipping screens every time or diving off the ball when we’re on the opposite corner when we roll down. Things like that.”
What happened in the second quarter, as Stayton entered with a one-point lead, the Eagles adjusted to North Salem crashing the boards to try to open the three in crowding the key, creating turnovers off ball pressure and making passing a nightmare for the Vikings that resulted in a 19-5 second quarter advantage for Stayton.
The momentum they carried into the second half leading 49-26 entering the fourth quarter as the Eagles set up a SCTC Championship bout with Oregon West Conference-foe Woodburn to close out the preseason slate for both teams.
“The first quarter wasn’t the best, but after that we just…Coach just told us to trap their screens when they’re on the side, so we did that,” starts Derek Berning, who finished with 20 points in the win. “Help-side was really good after the first quarter. We just helped each other out on those ball screens so they kept running at us, so that was really good. Good adjustment.”
Raymond Daniel finished with 10 points for the Viks who play Valley Catholic Saturday at 4:30pm to finish off the tournament and Michael Endicott added another nine for North Salem.
Jacob Axemaker finished with 11 points for the Eagles in their fifth straight win.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald