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Chemeketa gets a much-needed victory against Lane

Chemeketa gets a much-needed victory against Lane

By Matt Rawlings

Coming into Saturday’s basketball game against Lane, the Storm was tied for 4th place in the NWACC South Division with Mt. Hood.

Only four teams from each division qualify for the NWACC Tournament, so this game was a must win for the Storm.

Chemeketa rose to the challenge.

Bryce White scored 32 points on 11 of 12 shooting, and Jalen Schlegel added 13 points as the Storm avenged an early season loss to Lane and was able to bring home a 98-85 victory.

Dominque Lawrence, Kyle Atkinson, and Adam Westfall also scored in double figures for the Storm.

“We were able to knock down shots and just do what we needed to do tonight,” Chemeketa coach, David Abderhalden said.

“Our ability to defend their big guys was crucial tonight.”

The Storm started with back-to-back threes by Atkinson and a turnaround jumper by Lawrence but was still trailing early on in the first half.

But after three highlight reel dunks, two from White and one from Lawrence, the Storm was quickly back on top.

The game went back and forth through most of the first half. But the Storm eventually was able to gain some separation, thanks to an 8-0 run that was highlighted by long three-balls by White and Atkinson.

Lane made a mini-run to start of the second half, but floaters from Lawrence and Westfall, and a fast-break lay-up from Storm wing Jordan Ewell, gave Chemeketa a double-digit lead.

Lane continued to hang around, cutting the lead to 5 midway through the second half. But three straight buckets from Schlegel brought the Storm’s lead back to double figures.

Three-point field goals from Westfall and point guard Kevin Brazille increased the lead to 14.

Lane tried mightily to fight its way back into the game, but a three from White and another three from Westfall gave the Storm its largest lead at 16 points.

Chemeketa went on to win by 13.

Because Mt. Hood won its final game as well, the Storm will play a tiebreaker with Mt. Hood for the fourth and final NWACC South playoff spot.

The Storm split the season series with Mt. Hood.

“If we get after it defensively, and if we are able to push the ball in transition like we are capable of, we will be just fine,” Abderhalden said.

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