Salem — Sprague opened their season on Friday with a showdown against #9 Westview on the road, dropping in a blowout 60-34. Southridge faced David Douglas and Newberg on back to back days, dropping both games by close margins. With two winless teams, someone was going to walk out with their first win, and Sprague made sure it was them with their defensive clinic on display Tuesday.
Tied at four early on, Mason Lomax and Kobe Withers went on a 7-0 run to take the 11-7 lead midway through the first. The Olys would finish the quarter on a 7-4 run to lead 18-11 after a quarter of play. Sprague extended their lead to 23-11 early in the quarter before Brett Hanna and Eric Tafolla Baez drilled back to back treys to get back within 23-17.
Now trailing 27-19, a 5-0 run closed the gap within 27-24 before Sprague closed the first half on an 7-3 run to lead 34-27 at the half against Southridge. Mason Lomax led all scorers with 12 points, Hanna and Jackson Luster had six points apiece at the half for Southridge.
After taking a 40-27 lead with a 6-0 run to open the second half, Sprague allowed a 10-0 Southridge run that closed the game within a trey at 40-37. A non shooting foul call against Sprague led Southridge Head Coach Scott Entinger to erupt on the sideline midway through the third, resulting in a technical foul and a pair of free throws for the Olys. Late in the quarter, Sprague went on a 10-0 run to break the game back open again, as the Olys led 59-44 after three quarters.
The Olys had a pair of 5-0 plus runs to open the fourth quarter, blowing the game wide open and cruising to a 75-57 win over the Skyhawks. Lomax finished with a game high 21 points for the Olys, who recovered from their blowout loss to Westview on Friday. Withers also chipped in 14 points for Sprague.
After the easy victory, Kobe Withers and Mason Lomax discussed the victory and the keys to success moving forward…
Kobe Withers on the Olys locker room mood: “We’re so hyped, we had a kid get his first in-game dunk and first career three, so we were hyped for our guys. Getting a win at home too in front of our student crowd was awesome too.”
Mason Lomax on the differences from Friday to Tuesday: “We took care of the ball more, we turned the ball over a lot against Westview and we made shots too. Against Westview, we missed a lot of shots and we were smarter with the ball, just played a much better game.”
Kobe Withers on things to improve upon as a team: “We’ve got to work on playing against the top teams. That’s something we haven’t been able to work on yet as it shows from our first game, but we’re hoping that we get better throughout the season so that once the playoffs are here we’re prepared for those teams.”
Mason Lomax on the Olys defensive effort: “We focus a lot on defense, that’s pretty much our whole team, because defense leads to offense. We focused on trapping and locking up, if we wanted to score we knew who to lock up, and that’s what we did.”
Sprague (1-1) travels to Barlow on Friday,
Southridge (0-3) hosts Liberty on Friday