By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Sprague came out strongly and set the tone early against Lebanon in their 81-55 victory Tuesday night, leading the Warriors 41-18 as the Olympians picked up their first home victory of the season. Building some momentum going into the Sheldon Shamrock Slam Tournament this weekend in Eugene.
“It was a great win coming out and getting Lebanon. After last week’s tough Tigard game, it was a good couple days of practice and a good game to come back,” said Toby Fleming, who had 11 points in the game.
Sprague’s lead increased to 60-32 by the end of the third quarter. Dallon Morgan led Sprague with 20 points, Ryder Skoustad added another 13 with the Olys having ten players scoring at least a basket in the victory. Playing strongly against a Warriors team that came into the contest 3-1 on the season and Sprague looking for their second win in four games this evening.
“They’re not a bad 5A team, I think they were Top 10 in the State coming into this game. So we knew it was going to be a battle, so we had to take care of business,” Morgan said of the game. “We were 1-2, we knew we couldn’t drop any more games. We’ve been working hard with our offense, going through our sets because that’s going to be something that’s going to help us this year.”
The Warriors weren’t going to go down without a fight however down 28. About three minutes into the fourth quarter, Lebanon charged back and pulled within 15 of Sprague. Fleming hit two crucial three-pointers that helped swing momentum back into the Olympians favor.
The two three’s came in part of a 10-0 run that turned a 64-49 lead to a 74-49 lead with 2:38 left in the game, ensuring that they go into Eugene with some confidence with this win.
“The first three games were tough. We didn’t play great the first game (against McDaniel) and then we had two really good opponents in Sunset and Tigard. It just showed us the different types of basketball that we have to play. Playing faster, harder and getting physical,” Morgan said.
Sprague opens the Shamrock Slam Friday when they open the three-day tournament against Roseburg.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald