By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– The thing about Jefferson Boys Basketball is that you don’t know where the roulette ball will land and who’s number will be called to catch fire this season.
Diego Aguilar’s number was dialed on Thursday afternoon. The sophomore went absolutely berserk in the first half against a Regis team that was tied with Oakland in the Central Valley Conference standings at 8-4. Dialing up a 21-point first half and would end up finishing with 35-points in the game.
“I think I played my part. We all have our role that we need to play, we know what we need to do,” Aguilar said. “We need to hustle. We need to know the right shots and when to take them, kick it out to our teammates.”
Knowing their role sounds like a broken record, but in this game however that record stayed the course and resulted in their most complete game, pointed out Head Coach Danny Aguilar after the game. Stunning the Rams with a 41-18 halftime lead.
The shot-making cooled a bit in the second half, but the aggression was still there. The Lions pushed their lead to 58-24 by the 1:10 mark of the third quarter before Regis pulled them back into 64-41 midway through the fourth quarter.
A 17-6 run as the Rams look for some momentum going into their regular season finale with Monroe in a dogfight for second with the Oakers and Central Linn for second-place in league and a possible At-Large bid out to the Week 6 2A Cumulative Week Playoffs.
“In the first half we didn’t come out prepared and serious. I think we came out fighting for ourselves and not as a team, but in the locker room, coach talked to us…we got coached up. We got to start fighting together and not be a second half team,” Regis’ Tyler Fery said.
“We just have to put our minds to it. We have a really great team. We’re a great group of guys and we just need to have that team chemistry and know that we have a chance of the Top 2 (in league).”
Jefferson refocused. Fatigue hit them a bit during the Regis run, pushing their lead back to near 30 once more before the game ended in their 74-45 victory.
But with Central Linn Saturday, they know they can’t keep their guard down for long considering the Cobras came within a desperation heave from stunning them on June 3.
“We just need to get back to practice (and) make sure we know some of the things they run and really just be prepared,” Aguilar said. “As long as we’re out here and hustling, I think we should be able to take it.”
Jace Aguilar added another 17 points in the win for the Lions. Fery had ten points for the Rams while Nick Woods and Byron Bishop each contributed eight points for Regis.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald