By Jeremy McDonald
PORTLAND, Ore.– The challenge was there for Scio to close out their preseason slate against the fifth-ranked team in 3A in Riverdale.
The streaky shooters can go on runs as they did in the third, outscoring the Loggers 21-4 in their (score) win Monday night, but Scio had the Riverdale squad on the ropes entering that run that posed the question of upset.
Outside of turnovers, seven team fouls and a few missed opportunities that could have possibly turned an 20-18 deficit into a possible lead for the Logger squad that had already matched last season’s six wins in its first 11 games entering Monday’s contest.
“I knew that we were a better team, we had energy in the first half. We did this at Westside Christian too, we were within two-, three-points and we let it up in the third quarter,” “We get stuck on we’re holding up a good team, like we’re down two points. But we did do well in the first half and in the second half we came out slow.
“We came out slow and they went on a run and that just ends it for us mentally.”
Shooters are going to shoot yes. But the trick is making sure you limit those opportunities. Scio did that in the first half, but within the first 90 seconds of the third quarter, the Mavs pushed their lead to 27-18 thanks to seven quick points. Taking advantage of the golden opportunity of the Loggers slow second half start that eventually turned the 20-18 halftime lead into a 41-22 cushion by quarters end.
Some teams would go into league with some feel good wins to build some momentum for the long-haul. But when you’re in the Murderer’s Row of conferences, getting exposed to sound defenses and crazy shooters like the Josh Wart’s of Amity, Payton Garrison’s of Dayton or the Hunter Schwenke’s and Jason Moore of Salem Academy and Blanchet…. anything helps.
We learned that we can definitely stay in the game the whole time. We just stepped off a little bit in the second half and they started hitting, we’ll be fine during league,” said Anthony Harper. “Just stay consistent, just consistency.”
Jackson Grimes scored a game-high 22 points for Riverdale and Garrett Workinger added 13 for Scio and Aguilar added another 11 in the defeat. Isaac Abrams contributed eight for the Mavericks in the win.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald