By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Chemawa left no doubt that they were going to carry the momentum from their 63-44 win over Gervais Friday into Monday’s 77-58 win over Douglas at Corban University.
Within the first 10 minutes of the game, the Braves connected on six three-pointers and led 44-24 by the halftime break by using their scrappiness for loose balls and using their speed to turn steals and rebounds into points on the other end of the court.
“I don’t know, we’ve been practicing this way and practice makes perfect,” said Davey Hogan. “We’re running the ball a lot, getting open shots. Passing means everything.”
Hogan followed up his 30-point performance at Gervais with a 28-point game against the Trojans Monday afternoon at the Yoda MLK Showcase. Jeremiah ‘JJ’ Ambrosia and Nazaire Brisbois each contributed 13 points in the win.
The 77-point output by Chemawa is their highest of the season having scored 63 in each of the match-ups with the Cougars in Tri-River Conference play this year.
As great as the first half was, the game even, sloppy play with turnovers and passes slowed the Braves 84-point pace down a bit during the second half. With TRC-power Santiam on the road Tuesday night at 5:30pm, it’s something they need to sharpen up on as they try to continue this momentum train into their third game in five days on the quick turnaround.
“Basically just talk about what we did wrong in the game and do better tomorrow,” said Hogan. “We work on what we’re going to do in a game at practice. We’ll be ready for them tomorrow.”
Sterling Snell connected on four three-pointers for the Braves.