Men’s Basketball February 19
Storm basketball team continues to battle as league play winds down
By Nick McAvoy
After dropping back-to-back games against Portland and Lane, the Chemeketa men’s basketball team looked to rebound against Linn-Benton at home on Feb. 1.
Bryce White and Kyle Atkinson lead the way for the Storm with 17 points apiece.
Jalen Schlegel added 16 points, and Loran Ackerman finished with 12 points, giving the Storm a 89-63 blowout victory.
Chemeketa stormed out of the gate on a 15-4 run, capped with back-to-back dunks by White and Schlegel.
Armando Flentroy and Taylor Vicknair lead the way for the Roadrunners as Linn-Benton eventually fought its way back into the game and trailed by only 9 points at halftime.
After starting the second half with an 11-0 run to jump out in front by 20 points, the Storm cruised the rest of the way for the 26-point victory.
“We didn’t want to relax just because we had a bit of lead after halftime. We wanted to come out with even more intensity and finish the game strong,” head coach David Abderhalden said.
“We’re tied for first in the league right now, and we’ve got a tough road ahead of us. We need to stay focused these next couple of weeks.”
The following Wednesday, the Storm traveled to Mt. Hood to take on the Saints on Feb 5 in a high-scoring overtime thriller.
White and Jordan Ewell both finished with 27 points. Schlegel added 16, and Dominique Lawrence chipped in 13, giving Chemeketa four players in double figures for the second straight game.
Unfortunately for Chemeketa, it wasn’t enough as the Storm ended up falling in overtime, 105-102.
Mac Johnson scored a game-high 30 points for Mt. Hood.
Trailing by 6 points at halftime, the Storm fought its way back into the game and eventually forced the overtime period.
But the Storm wasn’t able to sustain the momentum after its second-half comeback and lost by three points.
Following the loss, the Storm is now in a five-way tie for first place in the South Division with only a couple of weeks left in the season.
Chemeketa didn’t get the chance to jump back up to the top of the standings this past weekend; Saturday’s game against Umpqua was rescheduled because of the winter storm that shut down the college for several days.
The Storm will return home on Feb. 12 to take on Clackamas. The game begins at 7:30 p.m.