By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– Regis finally found their groove in the second half of their 58-48 win over Santiam, turning a 25-24 deficit to a 50-37 lead about two-and-a-half minutes into the fourth quarter of the game.
Hitting their shots was key, so was boxing out and playing sound defense in limiting the Wolverines own fire power in the game Monday night. The spark came way of a halftime pep talk that their coaching staff had prior to them returning to the floor for the third quarter.
“I think we all owed it to the coach. He set the baseline in the locker room and we came out all inspired. We worked really hard and fought really well and made plays happen,” Grant Goesch said. “I think the aggressiveness (from Santiam) is going to help us. We recently played Oakland and they were really aggressive, they really prepared us for this game. I’m thankful for them for coming out and playing us because we’ll really need that experience being more aggressive.”
Santiam got the game to eight, 50-42, soon after; but couldn’t find that extra umph as they had in the opening half to mount a comeback as they focused on Colton and Sheridan to finish off the regular season
“They kind of spread out our 2-3 defense and just hit open shots the entire third quarter, they just picked apart our defense,” the Wolverines Gage Twede starts. “It was good because this was a high-ranked team, like six or seven in State. So it was good to see where we sit. I feel like if we play the same as we did tonight, with a little more defense, we should be able to win those two games.”
Twede finished with 15 points, Ezra Downey led the way with 20 points. Goesch led the Rams with 16 as Regis plays at Oakridge Tuesday before hosting the Warriors Thursday and closing out the Central Valley Conference schedule Friday at Central Linn.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald