By Jeremy McDonald
SWEET HOME, Ore.– It was one of those season-ending games that you would hope for.
Execute early. Stay healthy by games end and seeing the bench get minutes for the expectations of a deep run for the Cascade Cougar Boys Basketball team that’s coming up following their 67-27 win over Sweet Home Tuesday night.
Cascade would set the tone early with a 10-0 run and led 19-6 after one quarter. The Cougars led 37-13 at half and 56-18 after three as they wrap up their second-straight Oregon West Conference league title following their win.
“I think it was great. It was fun, we got everyone going and almost everyone scored and I think we’ll just roll into State with this win and keep it going,” Kellen Sande said of the game.
Sande finished with a game-high 20 points, Dom Ball contributed 12 more points and Isaac Schnepp scored nine in the road win as the Cougars will have roughly ten days to sit back, heal up and prepare for that playoff push and hopefully return to the State Title Game as they did in the Spring.
But the thing that will need to be answered next Friday is how will they respond to the lay-off?
The last time that Cascade had a sizable lay-off beyond seven days, like they had between December 22 and January 7, they came out sluggish against Philomath. Falling to the Warriors by three points that January 7 night on the road to open OWC-play.
However. The Cougs are hoping to take lessons learned from that break and incorporate it into this break that they are entering.
“We definitely can’t come off soft coming off of the break, especially in the playoffs because it’s win-or-go-home. That won’t happen again, we’ll come out on fire and be ready to roll,” Schnepp said. “We need to focus on defense and running our sets (during the break).”
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