By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Heartbeak hit West Salem again Saturday afternoon against Mt. View as the Cougars pulled away for a 56-41 win over the Titans.
It wasn’t long ago that West Salem started the season 4-2 entering their game against Tigard at the Capitol City Classic on December 23 at Willamette University. Since then, the Titans sit 6-7 on the season with close losses to the Tigers that December night, McNary a few days ago and the Cougars Saturday that could feasible be victories outside of a hiccup here and a hiccup there.
“(We) just could use this game as a learning experience on Monday, keep learning and keep getting better,” said Jackson Lowery. “We got a lot of talented guys in our locker room, it’s just all coming together and playing as a team.”
For a team taking that next step in growing coming off of last season with Justin Scoggins is their lone Senior on the roster this season, they battled back from a 26-15 halftime deficit to make it a 42-39 game midway through the fourth-quarter.
The Titans attacked the basket with Lowery, who finished with 16 points in the game and their defense picked up the intensity on the other end of the court. Mountain View hit three third quarter three’s, two from Grant Jordan, to stay ahead of the West Salem entering the final frame.
Over the last four minutes of the game however the defense remained stout, but their offense went cold at the most critical time of the game.
“We just came out and keep playing. Keep playing defense and keep getting good looks on offense,” said Lowery of the halftime adjustments. “It’s tough. We get good looks on offense and see them not falling. It’s just…keep getting good looks and keep working on the defensive end.”
Jordan finished with 17 points in the game for the Cougars as Mountain View host South Salem Tuesday evening in Bend. West Salem host Summit Thursday night before traveling to Bend Saturday afternoon.