By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– In the early going against Roseburg, little 2A Jefferson had kept pace with the 6A squad Tuesday afternoon at the Oregon Madness Consolation Round of 8 at The Pac in Salem.
Diego Aguilar had paced the Lion offense with 11 of his 13 first half points in the opening quarter, but inconsistencies with their shots falling had put them in a 19-point deficit with the Indians hitting on theirs. Slowly however, in Roseburg’s 70-56 win, Jefferson began to chip away at the deficit.
By halftime, it was 40-31 thanks to a 11-2 run. The Lions started the second half with four-straight points that made it 40-35 and kept it to single-digits for much of the early second half.
“It’s nice, I mean we got a lot to work on. Just moving forward with somewhat of a new team without our Seniors. We just have to step up with our roles and know that we can compete, go on runs and hang with anyone,” Jace Aguilar said.
Jace Aguilar finished with 12 points. Diego Aguilar added another 15 in the defeat as they started the shortened-Summer basketball season, looking to fill the shoes of Danny Aguilar who recently graduated.
For the elder Aguilar, he’s happy to see where the program is compared to when he arrived on campus four-years ago.
“For me, it’s just coming and moving to Jefferson. This program wasn’t in the game, they weren’t even competing. So, to be able to come in as a freshman and start Varsity with Leon (Romo) and really be able change the whole mentality of the program is huge,” Danny Aguilar said. “Just leaving an example for the younger guys leaving, that’s what it’s all about. It’s about leaving something for the next generation and I’m grateful for that.”
Jefferson finished the year 13-4 as they entered the Salem-based tournament.
Fouls halted the run, allowing the Indians to rebuild their double-digit lead as the Lions couldn’t settle back down in the 14-point defeat. Ending their chance at a run for consolation-bracket Championship knowing if the little things here-and-there were cleaned up, it would’ve been a different ballgame perhaps.
But it is something to work on moving forward as they prepare for this next season in the Winter.
“We could’ve always done better. It was our first-time competing with a 6A school. I know we could’ve beaten them, a couple of things,” Jace Aguilar said. “A couple of shots weren’t falling; we had a couple of fouls and we lost our momentum.”
Roseburg will play North Salem at 4pm.
Day 2 Round-Up
North Salem advances in Consolations with win over Canby to play Roseburg Wednesday at 4pm.
-Sprague falls to South Medford. Drew Rodriguez scored 15, finishes tournament 1-1.
-West Salem advances in Consolation Bracket to play St. Paul at 2pm Wednesday with their win over Central. Panthers go 0-2 in tournament.
-Santiam falls to Yamhill-Carlton 86-64. finishes 1-1. Chaz Storm led the Wolverines with 25. Moroni Seeley-Roberts lead the way with 28 points as the Tigers advance to the Final 4
-Grant and North Medford advance to the Championship Final Four with wins over De La Salle North Catholic and Seaside.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald