By Jeremy McDonald
DALLAS, Ore.– Its hard to win ball games when you’re not shooting the ball well.
And playing a team like a Banks that have shooters on the other end of the court, it makes it that much more important to hit those shots when you take them.
Early in Saturday afternoon’s game, despite having their offensive struggles and having the little things going against them, Dallas found themselves within striking distance of the Braves down 14-8 after one and 30-19 by the halftime break.
“When you don’t win the little battles, the little thin battles like the rebounding battles. The turnover battles, those kinds of things, its really hard to build momentum which is what you need against a team like Banks,” said Dragons Head Coach Jordan Sollman. “They’re a good solid team. You need some of those breaks to happen your way and those little battles your way to convert and be successful against a team like Banks.”
The Braves put and exclamation point to their 61-40 victory with an 16-9 third quarter as they host North Marion Tuesday. Jacob Slifka finished with 23 points for Banks in the win, improving to 7-4 on the year as they wrap up their non-league schedule this upcoming week.
Dallas, who wrapped up their non-league slate Saturday will re-enter Mid-Willamette Conference play Tuesday when they travel to Lebanon before hosting North Salem Friday evening, sit at 3-5 on the year with some tough non-league games to help prepare them for league.
Banks and Cascade are expected to contend for Forest Grove and the Elite 8 in March, Hillsboro is vying for a playoff spot from their league and Sisters looks to contend as well in the tough Oregon West Conference with the Cougars this season.
And as they knock off the Winter Break rust entering their games with the Warriors and the Vikings, the expectation now going back to league is to rely on their key attribute:
Being a bunch of competitors.
“I don’t think we’ll have another game like we had against South Albany. We got a team of competitors who want to work hard and they want to make that next step,” said Sollman. “We got a really great opportunity next week, we play against a couple of teams who I think we can stay competitive with.
“Those teams are going to be coming in hungry wanting wins too and they’re going to make it tough. They’re going to be competitive. We’re going to have a good day at practice Monday and go to Lebanon.”
Tip-off at Lebanon will be at 7pm.