Coming off a close loss Saturday to Portland Lutheran, the South Wasco County Redsides led 32-30 at the break and created some distance in the second half with a 31-16 run to pull away for a 63-46 win over Perrydale in boy’s basketball play Saturday at Perrydale High School.
“Give credit to the kids’ resiliency for bouncing back and playing huge minutes last night and playing a good game against a good opponent,” said SWC head coach Jim Hull. “We knew if we did not do the little things, they could have beaten us.”
The Redsides put the screws to Perrydale at the onset of action with a 10-0 lead in the opening frame, but the Pirates restored order with a 30-22 run using second and third offensive opportunities to get to within two points at the half.
In the third quarter, SWC used its defensive prowess to clamp down on Perrydale (20 turnovers and 18 steals for the game).
The Redsides outscored the Pirates 15-6 in the third quarter, and tacked on a 16-10 rally in the final frame for their most lopsided triumph of the season.
“Second half, we talked about them getting a second wind,” Hull said of his team. “They took our message to heart. They looked like two totally different teams on the court. We looked like we could do anything we wanted and they couldn’t get the ball to half court. We didn’t change anything in our strategy, but we did our rotations a little better.”
In all, the Redsides hit on 21 field goals, five from 3-point distance, and hit on 16 for 20 on free throw attempts.
David Ocacio led the Redside charge with 18 points, six rebounds, six steals and four assists.
Travis Hayes added 13 points, seven rebounds, seven steals and four assists, Nathan Duling tacked on 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Loreto Morelli had seven points, and Colton Nannini kicked in six points.
Four games into devising a new scheme, Hull likes the current plane his team is on.
“We are doing what we want to accomplish,” Hull said. “We are right exactly where we thought we would be. We are right on target. Six more games left against some good teams. Nothing prepares you for the Big Sky better than then big games against quality opponents. We still have a lot to work on.”
SWC (2-2 overall) heads to face Irrigon tonight, and after that contest, it travels to Culver for tournament action at 3:30 p.m. Friday versus Lost River.