Siuslaw places third at Bandon tourney


“I think our mentality and our spirit is the strongest it’s been so far this season" — Coach Dylan Perry

E.L. Christian d Siuslaw 48-58

Siuslaw d Alsea 111-31

Jan. 8, 2019 — The Vikings boys basketball team had a lose/win weekend at the Bandon Dunes Holiday Invitational last weekend, losing a close game against East Linn Christian Academy on Friday, but scoring a lopsided 111-31 win against Alsea on Saturday.

“Friday night we didn’t play the level I expected them to play,” coach Dylan Perry said. “We missed a lot of outside shots in the first that we normally make. We need to learn — and have talked about — is that when we’re not making the outside shots, we need to take the ball to the hoop and try and get some easy layups. We didn’t do that as much as we should have in the first half.”

Still, the Viks were leading by 2 at half time. It was at the top of the third that things started looking bad for the Viks when they got a technical for having too many players on the court.

“We were getting one of our players on the court,” Perry explained. “They were still letting our guy come in, and then the other ref wasn’t paying attention and gave the ball to the other team. They started playing, and then called a technical.”

Perry attempted to argue the call but “he wasn’t having any of it,” Perry said. “He took it pretty personal and proceeded to call, for the rest of the quarter, either an offensive foul or traveling. So, we didn’t do well that quarter.”

Perry called it one of the most frustrating moments of his entire coaching career.

“But going into the fourth quarter, we were up by three,” said Perry. “But we missed a couple of shots, and they pulled out a win.”

Because of the loss, the Viks were then pitted against 1A school Alsea on Saturday.

“I’m always kind of nervous about those teams,” Perry said. “You never know what’s going to happen.”

Before the game began, Perry let his team know that no matter what the score was, they needed to play their style of basketball.

“I ended up only played our starters about nine-and-a-half minutes,” Perry said. “The guys who normally didn’t get to play a whole lot got to play a ton of basketball, which was great for them. It was great for our team too, because you never know who’s going to have to stand up.”

The Viks shot 85 percent from the field in that game, leading to a lopsided halftime score. So, they stopped pressing, with the Viks getting possessions primarily off the glass.

Despite what Perry called “quite a schalacking,” he said Alsea didn’t get frustrated.

“They were smiling and having fun,” he said. “They kept competing and scored 14 more points than they had the night before. Like I told my guys, you have to play the game.”

Despite the slow start to the season, the recent wins and close losses have given the Viks confidence as they prepare to head into league play.

“I think our mentality and our spirit is the strongest it’s been so far this season, which is exactly where you want it to be at this point,” he said.

The Viks head to Marshfield to play the Sky-Em/Skyline Crossover this weekend, then will open the league season next Friday, Jan. 17, on the road at Cottage Grove.

Tipoff against the Lions is set for 5:45 p.m.

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