Salem Academy started the 2018/2019 Basketball season with four consecutive losses. Most people wrote this team off, we were skeptical on how Salem Academy could turn this team around in such a tough league. We thought this team wouldn't recover and have a rough season. However, this team did not give up on the season after losing against two good 4a teams as well as the #1 3a team Santiam Christian. If you were Salem Academy and you lost four straight, you would panic but also realize that you lost to a few of the best teams in our own classification as well as the 4a classification. We personally think this Salem Academy team is on track to shock some teams when the playoffs start. They just barely lost to a very good Dayton team 57-53, this game was played at Dayton and Santiam Christian didn't even get that close to Dayton when they played during the Dayton Tournament. The play of Junior Cole Hardy and Sophmore Benett Bos really turned this team around, both of these players started playing better as well as developing a good touch around the basket. This Salem Academy team just lost by one vs a solid Horizon Christian team. That game came down to the last second of the game as Salem Academy missed back to back layups to lose 53-52. This game opened our eyes about how much potential they have, this team is eager to get better and it starts on the defensive side of the ball. One of the things that helped turn this season around was the guard's defense and especially on-ball defense, early on they were allowing teams to dribble by them with little resistance allowing easy drives in the lane. This team starting getting better right around the Salem Academy Christmas Tournament, the defense started playing better and the post play was working with ease. We have noticed though since Salem Academy started playing better they are using Senior Hayden Wakefield less, during that Horizon Christain game he hardly touched the ball and shot less than 5 times the whole game. We are wondering if they found that the team as a whole runs better if the scoring runs through two solid post players rather than using a very reliable guard. They are not using him as a scoring point guard or relying on him as much as they did in the past he is a pure scorer and can drive and score when he wants but they are using him as a pass-first guard and allowing him to drive when he wants but first and foremost run everything in the flow of the offense. Either way, Salem Academy has figured out a way to turn this season around and compete with the best in 3a. This Friday will be a huge test for Salem Academy, they play Dayton but it's a home game and even thinking about a possibility of beating a top 3a team is a big improvement from how the season started out. Interview with Sophmore Post Benett Bos What game did you guys start turning things around and playing better team basketball? Benett Bos replied, ”At our Christmas tournament is when things started to turn around,” You play Dayton this Friday and this could be a big game for you guys? What will the game plan be to possibly beat Dayton as you only lost by 4 to Dayton @ Dayton. Benett Bos said,” Just to make sure not to turn the ball over and keep moving the ball on offense. Then on defense just being smart on and create tournovers. Where do you see the growth of this team because three weeks ago nobody really had you guys even making the playoffs and now here you are looking to make a huge statement win on Friday. Benett Bos responded,” Our ball movement and defense is what has been the turn around for us,” We watched them early on and one game they had 15 turnovers by halftime, cleaning this up definitely has proved a difference in game outcomes. As the conversation continued we discussed the possibility of Salem Academy striving to be in the Top 10 rankings on the Osaa website and hopefully play a team they are capable of beating and advance to Coos Bay.
Yes!!! Basketball season is upon us and I am excited to watch games! 3A Basketball will be another exciting year filled with a lot great teams and players on display. Who will make it too Coos Bay? What unknown player will make noise and lead their team to state? All those questions will be answered starting in a couple weeks. A couple headlines coming into season.. Two teams are the heavy favorites to win the title... #1 De La Salle Even though De La Salle graduated First Team All State Kadeem Nelson, Theo Aclan and Anthony Mosely, I still have them down as the favorites to win it all! De La Salle returns three key components in reigning State POY George Sadi, Coach Broadous and his entire coaching staff. All three components has participated in the last three state championship games! When you have that much experience in the locker room then everyone else will follow suit and be all in. #2 Santiam Christian Santiam Christian will be lead by 2021 Josh Baugher and he is good as advertised. Josh is the top recruit in 3A (receiving interest from colleges at all levels) and will look to lead his team back to Coos Bay. With Zach Baugher graduating, look for Koby Williamson, Ben Galceran and Joe MaQatish to play a bigger role. SC has size, length and talent at each position where it can cause problems for De La Salle. A pair of collegiate coaches join 3A.. Catlin Gabel has hired Tim Whittle. He was recently the head coach at MaCalester College in (MN). Douglass has hired Bin Van Loon. He was recently assistant coach at Umpqua College (OR). Early Game to watch.. #1 De La Salle vs #2 Santiam Christian on 12/6 at Western Christian. 2019 All Preseason Teams First Team: Sr. George Sadi (co poy) Jr. Josh Baugher (co poy) Sr. Mason Gill- Sutherlin Jr. Josh Wart - Amity Sr.Payton Garrison- Dayton * Jr. Jonah Zeller- Catlin * Second Team Sr. Jett Sheng- Catlin Gabel Sr. Trey Foster- St. Mary’s Sr. Andrew Earl- Umatila Jr. Max Smith- Phill Sr. Pedro Chavez- Nyssa (* )-Player did not make All State last season. Everyone else mentioned was named All State last season. BEFORE READING YODA AND MY PREDICTIONS... PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT EVERY TRANSFER! Please comment below and let’s us know about any transfers that will impact a team. It’s free to sign up! Yoda Preseason League Rankings.. LCL Del Cg Wc Riv Paa Oes Hc PacWest Dayton Amity Sac Bl Scio Yc MVC Sc Phill Cres Lapine Burg EOL Uma Nyssa Burns Irrigon Riverside Vale Coastal Range Rain Clats Warrent Willy Taft Far West Cc Sutherlin St Mary's Brookings Douglas South Umpqua BBallDream/ YODA Preseason Top 16 Rankings.. 1. De La Salle 2. Santiam Christian 3. Dayton 4. Salem Academy 5. Amity 6. Catlin Gabel 7. Pleasant Hill 8. Cascade Christian 9. St. Marys 10. Sutherlin 11. Clatskanie 12. Creswell 13. Rainer 14. Umatila 15. Westside Christian 16. Riverdale