By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– Cascade didn’t play their best game, but a win-is-a-win against a damn good Yamhill-Carlton Saturday afternoon. Having to account for Moroni Seely-Roberts, one of the best basketball players in 1A-4A, who went off for 37 points in an Overtime slugfest.
“It was really tough, he was on our board the whole time making sure that couldn’t get his moves. Dom (Ball), he’s a Junior. He’s getting used to guarding kids like that, Hunter at Sweet Home plays like that. It’s good for Dom, it’s good for all of us to go up against a kid like that,” Jake Bertsch said.
“All of those kids at Yamhill have a bright, bright future. It just felt really good that we came together for this win.”
The Cougars came into the second half looking to come together, playing stronger than they did in the opening half as they went toe-to-toe with the Tigers. Fouls, the ball bouncing in-and-out and just overall the little things kept the door open for Moroni Seely-Roberts and Yamhill-Carlton.
The Tigers did just that as the game went into overtime. For Cascade, it felt like a slap in the face seeing the game going into overtime. Knowing if they were a tad more focused, they game could’ve ended in regulation.
“We struggled at the start and then we started putting our gears together. Started to figure out, started to adapt and it started to work in our favor,” Ball said. “It was a wake-up slap to be honest (going to OT). Once we went to overtime, we had to focus more and started to pay more attention. We need to work harder than we did.”
The Cougs looked sharper, more focused and controlled the chaos out on the court, eventually taking the game 62-59, marked by a Ball dunk in the closing seconds that was the exclamation point to the game.
Carson Molan finished with 14 points for the Cougars. Kellen Sande hit four threes and finished with 12 points. Justus Bischoff scored ten as Bertsch and Ball each scored nine. Malachi Seely-Roberts scored another 14 for Yamhill-Carlton.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald