By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– Central Linn brought the aggression Monday afternoon against Regis and it caught the Rams off-guard.
It’s weird to think four days ago the two teams had met in Halsey that the Rams matched the pace of the game, taking the two-point victory home Thursday. But this afternoon, they were a tad off.
Runs of 8-2 and 10-3 in the first half, mixed in with missed offensive opportunities and turnovers had fueled Central Linn towards their 49-43 win for their first victory of the season.
“They were just more aggressive on defense and I think we got complacent with our wins last week,” Noah Koenig said. “I think it just lit a fire underneath us and I think we’re ready for tomorrow. We got to play better defense.”
Playing better defense will be crucial Tuesday night when they travel down the road against Jefferson. Having to guard the Aguilar Brothers of Diego and Danny as well as Jace Aguilar while trying to match their baskets with baskets of their own.
“We’re going to have to be ready tomorrow, be prepared and outwork them. That’s our motto, outwork a team,” Byron Bishop said.
Bishop pointed towards something that he and Nick Woods nicknamed themselves as a team, the Pesky Rams, pointing towards their ability to keep fighting and keep hanging around.
And they did just that Monday. Things weren’t going their way, but there were opportunities down single-digits going into the fourth and even those final eight minutes that if they catch fire in that moment, they are right there to possibly get the lead before the final buzzer.
“We’re always right there and we don’t give up. That’s really good to teach the younger guys and in general,” Bishop said. “If other teams know you never give up, no matter the score or the circumstance, it really puts teams on edge. I think that’s a great attribute that we have as a team.”
“It was awesome to see us compete (like that),” adds Koenig.
Koenig, a freshman, scored seven points. Woods added a team-high 13 points, scoring nine in the third quarter alone as tip-off at Jefferson is at 7:30pm.
Bren Schneiter had a game-high 17 points for the Cobras, Aaron Crowell contributed another 13 for Central Linn.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald