By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– Blanchet Catholic made a statement that they weren’t about to back down in their Holy War battle with Regis Monday night on the road.
The Cavalier boys rallied from a slow start to the game, 12-3 matter of fact, and entered the locker room leading 25-20 once the young crew from Blanchet settled the nerves down entering the second half.
“It was just fun atmosphere tonight, Kind of bringing back the old rivalry. Packed crowd and they got on us early. Young team in a tough situation but they responded, battled back, we adjusted a couple of things,” said BC Head Coach Max Goodman. “We got the lead into the halftime, it was great and then second half we knew it was going to be a battle.
“Trading blows and trying to keep the guys knowing how the crowd is going to be and we can’t let the affect us. One possession at a time and can’t have any wasted possessions.”
Since the 2013-2014 season Blanchet has controlled the series in four-times the two teams have met. The Cavs won three times and the lone Rams win came in 2015-2016.
But as the second half started, Regis’ Jakob Silbernagel started to heat up.
The Senior only scored two points in the first 16 minutes of the game, but would score six in the third quarter that included a buzzer-beater that had handed the Rams a 32-31 lead and would finish with 16 points come games end.
“We had to outwork them coming into it, they’re fast and they like to push the ball. We had to stay discipline and our defense has held us down in a lot of important games,” said Silbernagel. “Surely our shots started falling and we climbed back into it, working hard. It’s a real testament to the team and how hard we work in practice.”
The 12-6 quarter seemed low after how the game started with 26 combined points in the first and 21 in the second quarter, but it surely spoke more to the defense’s both teams had to bring to the table.
Especially for Regis who have been without Tyler Voltin for the past few games, but are now riding a three-game winning streak following their 44-42 win Monday without him.
“I mean we miss him a lot, but it’s good to know that we’re not defined by just one player,” said Silbernagel. “He’s such a great influence in the locker room still not on the court, it’s really cool to see where all of our hard work ahs gotten us without some pieces and hopefully it gets us where we’re looking to go.”
The game went back-and-forth in the fourth quarter. The Rams pushed their lead to 35-31 before Andrew Hill tied it at 38 on a Blanchet 7-3 run by the 4:16 mark of the frame.
Regis regained the lead, James Moore tied it. Silberngael’s free throws with 49.6 left in the game proved to be the difference maker with the Regis defense swarmed Moore and made his tying shot attempt difficult. Moore missed the opportunity to tie as the Rams Nick Woods came down for the game sealing rebound, handing the Cavs their eighth-straight loss.
It’s tough for sure after a 5-3 start to the season for Blanchet to see them drop four games during this stretch of five-points or less as they travel to Amity Tuesday to wrap up the first loop through PacWest Conference play.
“There’s no denying it, it’s a tough stretch,” said Goodman. “But its opportunities. They want to get this streak…not the streak we want over with and so they’re just hungry and I told them there’s a great opportunity to go to a fun place to play in Amity tomorrow with one of the best teams in the State. Let’s keep working and get after it.”
Moore finished with 22 points and Hill contributed 14 more for the Cavs. Woods added 15 for Regis, who will host East Linn Christian Academy Tuesday.