By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– West Salem’s Carson Cogdill drained the go-ahead three-pointer with under a minute to play, turned to his Student Section and let out a holler. The Titans just took the lead with what eventually became the final 47-45.
It was a dagger, knowing that Sprague had a few opportunities to pull ahead, but couldn’t finish opportunities at the rim. Both defenses battled, both offenses hustled in a playoff-feel game. It was the Battle for Salem it felt like.
“That shot was huge,” Cogdill said of his go-ahead shot. “I told Alec (Dyson) before it even came up, I said ‘hey, they’re going to double you. I’m going to be right there in the corner and I’m going to stick it’ and that’s what happened.”
“We were expecting a battle all the way through and that’s exactly how it turned out, it just didn’t come out our way,” adds Sprague’s Hayden Cadwallader. “We have to move on, we have Culminating Week next week and we got South Albany first on Monday and we got Silverton on Wednesday. So we just have to keep our heads up, turn around and get those wins.”
The Olympians led by six at points in the game, but the Titans defense kept them from pushing forwards with the lead. West had found opportunities to just hang around, seemingly waiting for the right time to make one last run at the lead.
Both teams had little spurts. Quickly neutralized. Feeding off of the energy from the slight crowd in the gym on this Mid-June night as the Titans picked up a win against Sprague in Football, Baseball in their two games played in the Spring and now the basketball win to enter the final week of the season as they picked up the final run of the game.
Dyson finished with seven points in the game. Tommy Slack had a team-high 11 points for West Salem with the Titans finishing the final 6:12 of the game on a 8-4 scoring advantage.
“Oh it was very intense. They were on tonight…we just came through and won,” the Titans Jon Breyman said. “(Defense) was huge. We did good, first shots we were allowing shots so we had to adjust so they weren’t getting good looks. Nothing easy. That (run) was big, we needed that to win. If we didn’t get that, we would have lost probably.”
Sprague’s Ryder Skogstad led all scorers with 13 points as the Olys look to turn the page and look to finish the season off strongly on Monday and Wednesday.
“It was pretty tough, we just got to get ready for next week. We’re trying to move on as quickly as possible and move on,” Cadwallader starts. “Silverton’s a really good team, they’re undefeated this year and if we come out and win against them that’s probably going to be our biggest win of the season.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald