Men’s Basketball Improves Streak to Four Straight
By Morgan Grimmett
Photo by David Hallett
After this weekend the Storm have now won 12 out of their last 13 games.
This hot streak started in December and has no sign of slowing down after the Storm picked up
another two wins this week,
In their first game against the Mt. Hood Saints, the Storm escaped with a win by a narrow margin.
The final score was 100-97.
The Storm were out rebounded, and shot a worse percentage from the field, but still came out as the victors.
One of the key reasons was the contributions from the Storm bench.
The Storm bench outscored the Saints 36-13 with Tim Graham highlighting the bench play with 23 points.
Graham was able to provide a spark off the bench with his hot shooting, nailing in five three pointers.
In a game where the tiniest miscue could cost the team the game, the Storm were able to keep turnovers down to a minimum, with only ten in the contest.
The Saints on the other hand had a hards time holding on to the ball, coughing up the ball 19 times, giving the Storm nine extra possessions.
The second game later in the week was against the Umpqua Riverhawks, and yielded the same result, even though the Storm did not win in regulation time.
The Storm were victorious in their overtime game, scoring over 100 points for the second straight time.
The keys to the Storm’s 105-97 win were simple. They held on to the ball, creating turnovers, and shot 82 % from the free throw line.
The Storm shot 40 free throws in the contest and converted on 33 of them. The Riverhawks only managed to nab 12 points from the free throw line.
In the overtime period, it was clear that the Storm were focused and prepared to take the game home.
Outscoring the Riverhawks by eight in overtime and showing that they still had gas left in the tank.
Six Storm players were able to score in double figures, showing off their well balanced attack.
This impressive streak of wins lately has pulled the Storm to a 18-7 record, 1st in the South region. The Storm and their quick-tempo game will be playing their next home game on February 21st against SW Oregon.