By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Benett Bos has always been an Honorable individual. Even when you bring up him being named unanimous makes him blush a bit as Salem Academy reached the State Semi-Final Round entering this weekend.
“It’s awesome, it’s a testament to the work you put into the offseason. Staying consistent but Glory to God first and foremost. He blessed me with the ability to achieve what I wanted to achieve,” Bos said.
Knappa had accounted for Bos in the opening half of the Crusaders 55-33 win over the Loggers, holding the Senior to seven points. But the Senior in Bos picked up the slack with ten rebounds as his teammates picked up the production around him with Salem Academy up 31-13 at halftime.
Speaking volumes of the well-roundness of the Crusaders this season.
“It’s huge. I have confidence in each and everyone of them. John Pass is a shooter, Jaren Oglesby is a good shooter. John Bennett, Chase Brown, they can finish well around the rim,” Bos said. “They’re great energy guys. We got Gavin Stamback coming off the bench. Great energy, great slasher. We’re a very well-balanced team besides me. If I’m not hitting, there’s other ways for us to score and we never give up.
Bos would finish with 16-points and 15-rebounds. John Pass contributed another 11 points as Chase Brown and Jaren Oglesby each contributed eight with the Crusaders await who is in front of them in Redmond.
In front of them however will be the unique case of Central Linn. The scrappy team from the Central Valley Conference defeated, stunned, the 11-1 Lions of Jefferson Wednesday 61-54 when the two teams meet in Redmond in the Semi’s. Winner plays in the State Title Game Saturday at Ridgeview.
Knowing what they know now after their Regis and Knappa wins this week, Salem Academy will look to bridge it all entering this weekend.
“Staying focused, attention to detail and energy. Our shots may not always fall, but our defense and rebounding and aggression will always be there. Those are the things, shots won’t always fall but defense, rebounding and aggression will always be consistent,” Bos said.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald