By Jeremy McDonald
SHERIDAN, Ore.– Gavin Anderson was hotter than Pizza Rolls coming out of the oven from three-point land to open Sheridan’s 61-33 win over Siletz Valley Tuesday night.
The Warriors, ranked ninth in the 1A Coaches Poll, didn’t have an answer for the senior guard who had hit four three-pointers in the opening eight minutes. An eight-minute stretch that saw six three-pointers and the Spartans lead 24-8 by quarters end.
“We came out hot, you know. The team did a good job moving the ball and they were able to give us some open shots. It’s really nice when we’re clicking like that. We came out with intensity from the start,” said Anderson.
“It was really great, just hard work in practice, that’s what it is,” adds Randy Gibson.
Siletz Valley adjusted their defense to Sheridan’s strength at the time from beyond the arch, challenging the Sparts to beat them elsewhere as the home squads’ blazing scoring streak cooled off throughout the remainder of the game.
But they adjusted. Finding Gibson and having him use his size and strength to drive to the basket. Backing their strong defense as Gibson finished with a game-high 23 points with 19 points coming in the second and third quarters alone.
“We hung in there on D pretty well, offense it took a little bit to find something else to get us the ball in the basket. But I thought we did a pretty good job hanging in there,” Anderson said as the senior finished with 18 points.
Sheridan’s Nik Wittrock hitting Sheridan’s seventh and eighth threes of the contest during the third quarter. Wittrock finished with ten points and James Hass had two of the eight threes on the night as Ol’ Sparty had a two-week break for the Holidays before traveling to Scio on January 4 before Tri-River Conference play starts again January 6 with Gervais.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald