Santiam Sets Tone From Start In Win

By Jeremy McDonald

MILL CITY, Ore.—Santiam could not miss Monday night against Sheridan, scoring a season-high 71 points against the Spartans to improve to 2-2 on the year.

The first 14 points in their 71-42 victory had set the tone.  Four three-pointers were involved in a game-starting 14-2 run, the first quarter itself was an extended run with the Wolverines leading 21-8 going into the second quarter.

Sophomore Ty Best scored 12 of his 15 points in those opening eight minutes that included two dunks.

“We did a lot better on offense.  A lot of open looks and plays.  We played our game as we should,” said Best.  “Getting down and getting everything.”

“We have more chemistry now.  Our offense is running better, defense is playing better and just getting better,” adds Gage Twede.  “Just learning from the mistakes we made.  Even though there were a lot of capitalizations, there’s still a lot of stuff we need to work on and do better in the next games.”

Sheridan’s Randy Gibson (4) and Santiam’s Gabe Lanham (4) going up for a loose ball Monday in the first half of the game as the Wolverines stormed out to an early 21-8 lead in their 71-42 win (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

It was a far-cry from their opening season defeat to Salem Academy on April 27 when they lost 59-38.  Best, Chaz Storm (17), Quinten Clark (11) and Twede (20) all scored in double-figures Monday.  Twede scored ten of his points in the third quarter to bridge the first half success to the second half for the Wolverines.

Santiam came out sharp, played sound and frustrated the Spartans, who entered the game 5-0 on the season.  Gavin Anderson led Sheridan with 15 points.  But it was truly an eye-opening experience for Sheridan who knew this was their first true test of the season with the gauntlet with Western Christian, Kennedy and Salem Academy the next three games.

“This is our sixth game of the season, the first five teams we were playing weren’t to our level.  So just trying to stay focused, keeping engaged…we got a good practice ahead tomorrow,” Anderson said.  “We had our shots tonight, but they weren’t falling.  We can’t really complain, we had the looks we wanted.

“(Santiam) they played physical and we didn’t answer.  We just got to work on it, communication.”

The Sparts are off until Friday when they play Western Christian in Sheridan.  The Wolverines are back at it Tuesday as they travel to Portland to play Portland Christian.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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