Strong Defense, Hustle Offense Allows Yamhill-Carlton To Break Away From Gervais 86-61

Photo: Eric Watkins

Gervais — Judging from the final score, you would think that the Tigers dominated Gervais from the start to the finish, but that couldn’t be any further from the truth. Locked in a tight game throughout, Yamhill-Carlton turned it up to 1,000% in the fourth quarter, allowing them to force turnovers and blow open what was at one point a close match with Gervais, and the Tigers improve to 3-1 on the season.

Gervais led this one early 5-3 before Yamhill-Carlton taking an 8-5 lead in the first quarter courtesy of a Moroni Roberts bucket and a Malachi Roberts trey. After the teams traded buckets, Gervais tied it up at 10 halfway through the opening quarter. Gervais retook the lead 16-14 late in the first, but Yamhill-Carlton went on a 6-0 run to take a 20-16 advantage and led 20-18 after one quarter.

Photo: Eric Watkins

Mikel Rivas opened up a bigger advantage for Yamhill-Carlton, outscoring the Cougars 6-2 to start the second frame, and making it a 26-20 Tigers. After Gervais closed it to 26-24, a 7-0 Tigers run opened it back up to the largest lead of the evening at 33-24 in favor of Yamhill-Carlton. Gervais closed back in with a 5-0 run late in the quarter to trim it to 34-33 before a Tiger Reimann trey made it 37-33 at the half. Moroni Roberts led all scorers with 14 points at the half, while Daniel Hernandez and Michael Toran had seven points each for Gervais.

The Cougars opened up the second half and tied it up at 37 before Yamhill-Carlton went on a 10-0 run to take the lead back 47-37 in the third. The rest of the quarter featured back and forth action, but increasingly sloppy play by Gervais, digging the Cougars in a 58-47 hole after three quarters.

Photo: Eric Watkins

Yamhill-Carlton turned up the heat on defense and sweltered turnovers out of Gervais, who fell apart offensively during the fourth. The Tigers blew it open by starting the fourth on a 16-6 run to 74-53 lead on Gervais, coasting to an 86-61 victory on the road and improving to 3-1 on the season.

With a convincingly dominant final frame, Yamhill-Carlton’s Trey Richmond and Moroni Roberts talked about the win and prepping for conference play.

Trey Richmond on the second half defense: “I think they got tired, teams get tired in the full court press, and it effects everything. When teams full court press us, I notice that shots start airmailing and stuff like that, you get tired and it starts affecting everything. The full court press really helps our offense.”

Moroni Roberts on their offensive effort, “If we don’t get our offensive rebounds, we’re probably not going to win a lot of those games we’ve had so far. Its really a big part of our game and success.”

Photo: Eric Watkins

Trey Richmond on the Tigers offensive keys, “We like to get the ball into the post, and if its one on one then its really good, but late in the game when we start getting double teamed that’s when we kick it out to our wings and they hit the big shots.”

Moroni Roberts on prepping for conference, “We’ve got to keep giving 100% in practice, keep winning games, and keep confident in our mindset.”

Yamhill-Carlton (3-1) hosts Waldport on Saturday, Gervais (0-3) travels to Blanchet Catholic on Friday.

Photo: Eric Watkins

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