Scio Basketball Snaps Losing Streak

By Jeremy McDonald

jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com

SCIO, Ore.–  Some call it fate  others call it destiny , but all-and-all a win is a win.  And for the Scio Boys Basketball team, it’s been a long time coming.

December 3, 2021 to be exact since their last Varsity win.  Through losing seven-straight before going JV-Only for the remainder of last year,  the Loggers were faced with an 11-point deficit to Rainier going into the fourth quarter.

With all they’ve been through the past year, this is when they said enough is enough.

The prerequisites were there.  Energy.  Passion.  All they needed was to clean up the little things of their game against the Columbians.

And when it did,  it flipped like a light switch and Scio began to chip away at the hole they were in.

“We were all just fired up, we haven’t had a win all year and we wanted to get a win.  And just keeping that same energy, keep putting the pressure on…just having some heart with it,” Braden McIntyre describes.  “(This win) feels amazing.  Amazing…especially with our team not having a Varsity after half a year, it feels really good to finally win a game.”

McIntyre started the rally as he picked up a steal, drove the length of the court, cut through traffic and laid it in to get the Loggers to back within ten of Rainier 49-39 with six-plus minutes in the game after starting the quarter down 46-35. The lay-in sparked a rally that got Scio back to within five with 5:13 left in the game down 50-45.

Basketball can be weird with momentum as Rainier pushed their lead to 52-45 after a few unlucky putback attempts didn’t go Scio’s way.  But despite the basket, Andrew Ferguson hit a three and Kyle Ennis got a lay-in to get the Loggers to a 52-50 deficit with 3:30 left on the game clock

Braeden McIntyre (20) shoots a three in Wednesday’s 63-58 win over Rainier (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

“Momentum changes so much in basketball.  Hitting shots were just starting going (in), fouls started going up and we just started hitting our free throws,” Paker Ziebert said.

The Columbians managed to get one back on a Colby Biddix free throw.  But then a 5-0 push by the Loggers helped get Scio over the edge following an ‘And 1’ by Ziebert.  

Ziebert came in clutch down the stretch with free throws with two of them, plus a basket with 57 seconds remaining to help the Loggers stay ahead.  McIntyre hit two final free throws with 11.6 left in the game to all but to lock up the 63-58 victory.  A 28-9 quarter by the Loggers to help pick up their first win of the season and since last December.

“They were huge,” Ziebert said of the finish.  “It feels great, after a couple of years of losing, this win feels amazing.  We just got to play like that fourth quarter always.  Going hard every single possession is…just better.”

“It was big, it felt great with everyone putting in their full effort.  Everyone was into the game, it was amazing,” adds McIntyre.  “We had really good energy and if we can keep that energy up from this game and we take it to practice and we keep our heads up during the rest of the season and the rest of the games, I think it’ll really set the tone for the rest of the season.”

McIntyre led the Loggers with 18 points, Ziebert added another 14.  Ferguson added another eight as the Loggers also handed first-year coach Nathan McIntyre his first win as Head Coach.  Scio is off until Tuesday when they host Santiam.

Photos by Jeremy McDonald

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