By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Two young teams with two stellar athlete’s went at it Monday night at Blanchet Catholic.
Scio entered the game with the most wins in a season (nine) that they’ve seen in recent years, having topped out at eight wins in 2014 and 2016 prior to this season’s success. Led by Garrett Workinger, the Loggers saw their Captain push their lead to 31-28 with 6:28 left in the third quarter after splitting two free throws.
That front end of the pair was just as important as Scio increasing their lead. The free throw, Workinger’s 15th point of his 27, broke the Logger All-Time Scoring record set by Gregg McDonald back in 1975 at 1,253 points.
“It’s been something I’ve been thinking about for a while and it felt really good,” said Workinger. “We got a lot of young guys that really stepped up. Everyone stepped up. This season really surprised me, I know we didn’t have the best record, but we played well against really good teams this season. We’ve been right in all of our games almost.”
Workinger finished his High School Career with 1,280 points.
The Senior on the other end of the court for the Cavaliers, James Moore, had been showing why he had been one of the State’s best this season. Guiding Blanchet back into the lead and held a 48-44 lead with 4:30 left in regulation as he scored a game-high 36 points.
Winner of the game, the PacWest Conference tiebreaker for fifth-place, will have to turn and burn to play Yamhill-Carlton in the fourth-versus-fifth-place team on the road Tuesday night. So any momentum entering the matchup with the Tigers was dire and crucial.
“We have heart,” said Moore said entering Tuesday’s game. “As a young team, that’s what we bank on. We bank on our work ethic and hard-work. That’s what we’re going to comeback with tomorrow. Our trainer’s getting everyone ice bags tonight, we’ll be ready for the turnaround. Everyone’s going to get a goodnight’s worth of rest.”
For the young guys on the floor, they didn’t want to let the Seniors down. Knowing that this could be their last game of not just their year, but for their High School career.
“We knew coming into this game…every timeout, we came back to the bench going ‘we can’t lose this game. We can’t afford to lose, we don’t want our season to be over yet’,” starts Aguilar, who scored 13 points. “So we kept fighting and just kept playing. Unfortunately, we didn’t win but, we definitely put in the effort there.”
Scio chipped back and Workinger tied the game at 54 with a three with 1:01 left as neither team could win it in regulation.
“It’s just fun, especially for it to be my last game at home. That’s all I could ask for, that was so cool. (Scio) made a lot of shots, especially down the stretch and made it closer. They hit some deep-three’s, some clutch three’s and it was fun,” said Moore.
Both teams traded baskets before Sam Schindler converted an ‘And-One’ to give Blanchet a 63-60 lead with 22.6 seconds left in the game.
“Pretty nerve-racking, but we made it,” said Schindler. “It was awesome, it was great. Now we can go into the game with some confidence and get the ‘W’.”
Schindler finished with seven points in the win. Andrew Hill added 13 points for Blanchet.
Tip-off at YC will be at 6pm Tuesday night.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald