In the past 10 games, the Sherman Huskies have alternated wins and losses, going 5-5, but this next stretch on the slate will be a telltale sign of whether this group has the mettle to turn the corner and make a legitimate run into the playoffs.
If they are going to make that run, Saturday’s top effort on the road against Griswold in an 81-53 win could be the right formula to get this squad on a roll.
“(We) did what we needed to do to get back on the winning track tonight,” said Sherman head basketball coach Bill Blevins. “A three-game home stand this next week against South Wasco County, Central Christian and Dufur is crucial for our post-season hopes.”
In their 28-point triumph over the Grizzlies, Sherman outscored its foes in every quarter of play, with the opening frame’s 23-16 run setting the stage.
The Huskies tacked on a 19-10 split in the second quarter to move out in front by a 42-26 split at halftime.
After making a few adjustments in the locker room, Sherman kept its edge and expanded on the lead with a 25-15 rally to jump ahead, 67-41 entering the fourth quarter.
All told, the Huskies hit 34 field goals, nine from 3-point territory in scoring their season-high in points.
Austin Kaseberg had his stroke working for a team-high 23 points, and freshman guard Max Martin added 20 points.
Rounding out the scoring leaders was freshman forward Isaiah Coles, who rattled off 12 points.
Griswold managed 19 baskets, five from long distance and added a 10 for 19 effort from the free throw line.
“We still have a lot of work to do on the defensive end of the court to compete at a much higher level than we are currently,” Blevins added.
Although in his first season as coach in the Sherman program, Blevins is still working with his young roster of five freshmen, three sophomores and five upperclassmen to get them back to prominence.
“We still have a lot of freshmen getting a lot of minutes,” the Husky coach said. “They have come a long way since mid-November. I am quite confident that we have a lot of growth ahead of us and that we will get that growth.”
Sherman (10-9 overall, 4-4 league) hosts second-place and No. 12-ranked South Wasco County (12-7, 6-3) at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
At 7:30 p.m. Friday, they will host Central Christian.