By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– Track race would be an understatement of the night with Regis and Oakland Tuesday night at Regis High School. Both teams were blazing up and down the court, pressuring the other into making a mistake early and often in the Central Valley Conference battle.
But all it took was one team to find their groove the most consistent in the mad-dash to the final whistle. That consistency coming from the Rams, who turned a four-point halftime deficit into a 69-50 win over the Oakers, winning their second game of the season in the process.
“It’s all a team-effort. We all talk in the locker room, the huddle, it’s a team effort. We all come out and play hard, play with each other as a team and as a family,” Nick Woods said of the game.
“We all had each other’s back, they out-rebounded us a few times but we kept our heads up and scored on the other end. Made it back so it’s good,” adds Tristan McMullen.
There were moments there in the first half where Regis could’ve broken it open sooner. Six of their final seven offensive possessions in the first quarter didn’t land going into the second quarter down one.
Their defense continued to make plays, keeping them in the game at halftime facing with a 30-26 deficit. But thanks to a 13-0 run to start the third quarter and sustaining that energy had enter the fourth quarter leading 12, 51-39.
Not letting up the energy and the push in a CVC where themselves, Oakland, Jefferson and East Linn Christian all biting at the bit to take the conference title during this short-season.
“We’re a relatively new team. Most of us haven’t played together in a while, we have a couple of youngsters. We’re shaking off the rust, but I think we’re ready,” Woods said as the Junior finished with 22 points.
Byron Bishop, who finished 12 points himself, is the lone Senior playing as Tyler Voltin is healing up from injury. Leaving a lot of the non-Seniors on the roster getting some valuable experience, building for the Winter and possibly a run at Pendleton.
“We have one Senior this year, so I feel like we’re all taking it more serious so it can benefit our one Senior this year and make the most of his last year,” McMullen said.
Noah Koenig (11) and Tyler Fery (10) also scored in double-figures for the Rams. McMullen finished with nine points.
Baker Brooksby led the Oakers with 18 points and Corbin Picknell contributed 15 points in the game for Oakland.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald