The Storm weathers Lane, rides to a 90-71 victory
By Simson Garcia
Hang on, sports fans; here comes the Storm.
After a difficult lost in Portland on Jan. 28, Chemeketa’s men’s basketball team was ready to replenish the wind, rain, and thunder that they’ve had for the past month and unleash it on the Lane Titans.
Coach David Abderhalden said the difference between the team’s performance against Portland vs. the effort against Lane was a result of energy.
“I thought our guys played with a better showing tonight,” he said.
The Titans made things interesting at the start and even took an early lead, 13-11, near the 16-minute mark.
But that was the last lead Lane would hold as the Storm took off, quickly pushing out to a 5-point lead.
The game then went from being close to far from being close. By the 8-minute mark, the scoreboard read 35-17 Chemeketa after the Storm went on a 14-0 run, highlighted by sterling play from both the offense and defense.
On the defensive side, the Storm created applied full-court pressure and forced 25 turnovers and several steals. That fueled 31 points off turnovers, created by plenty of fast-break opportunities and chances at the free throw line.
The halftime score was 60-27.
The Storm’s offense refused to slow down and started the second half with the same energy, but Lane made periodic efforts to get back into the contest and actually shot an efficient 53 percent.
Abderhalden said, “The first half, our defense was there and made great plays. In the second half, we didn’t have that same energy and effort on defense.”
With 10 minutes left, the Storm had a comfortable margin at 75-47. But the Titans outscored Chemeketa 44-30 in the second half and lost by 21 points in the end.
Chemeketa’s bench was a key component of the win, outscoring the Titans’ bench 48-10, to go along with 8 more second-chance points and a number of key defensive stops.
The split puts the Storm’s record at 6-1 atop the division and 15-7 overall. Chemeketa’s at-home record is a perfect 8-0.
Next up is a home game rematch against Mt. Hood. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11.