By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– Gervais’ Michael Toran set the tone for the Cougars Friday night against Scio on the road, scoring a game-high 22 points as Gervais snapped a two-game skid with their 47-34 victory.
Coming off of tough defeats to Sheridan and Santiam, the win felt great as they used a 11-0 run to separate themselves in the second quarter. Turning a 8-all game into a 19-8 advantage with 5:37 left in the opening half.
“I felt good, I felt like the last two games were unproductive and I felt like we came out here really fired up, ready to compete with the guys and that’s what we did,” Toran said.
Gervais led 26-13 at the halftime break. Toran scored 15 of his 22 points in the opening 16 minutes as the Cougs balanced the Loggers scoring with their own, leading by 12 after three quarters. The little things like turnovers they know they’ll need to polish off with them traveling to Mount Angel Monday to play Kennedy.
“Turnovers are a big one, especially for me, I turn the ball over quite a bit and I think we need to work on that as a team,” Toran said. “(Kennedy) is going to pressure us…I think we just need to come out, do what we need to do and show everyone that we can do it.”
Esquivel added another ten for the Cougars. Kyle Primm contributed a team-high eight points for Scio.
The 34-point offensive total was the most the Loggers have scored in a single-game this season with them nearly matching their previous total (24) by the end of the third quarter (23) with Scio traveling to Salem Monday to play Blanchet Catholic.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald