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Prep Hoops Roundup 2-2-2012

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— Alex Shoemaker, EDN

Game Of The Week: Sheldon Vs. Willamette

Sheldon has been on an absolute tear for the past two months, dominating their competition. The 13-5 Irish now have  nine wins in their past ten games and a five game streak.They took a 29-23 into halftime on Friday night against the 7-12 Willamette Wolverines, and it looked like it might be a game for once. But Sheldon pulled away in the second half on forced turnovers for a 59-38 victory.

Irish point guard Connor Strahm was highly instrumental in the win, forcing numerous steals and pushing the ball in fast break situations.

“I was feeling it tonight,” said Strahm. “It was a great team effort. We’re playing really good basketball right now and I like the way we’re playing. This team is well rounded and we work off of each other.”Senior captain Dillon Miller also had a big game, leading the Irish in assists.

“Both Connor and Dillon had good efforts tonight,” said head coach Ron Lampe. “This was just another team victory and everyone played a significant role. We’re on a hot streak right now and let’s hope we keep rolling.”
photo by Eugene Wesley, EDN

Sheldon uses an effective fast-pace offense that has the ability to wear down teams late in contests, as was the case against Willamette. With four of the five Irish starters also playing significant roles on the football team, conditioning is part of their identity.

“We’re fast down the court,” said Strahm. “We can outrun teams and play that way all game long. We don’t tire out. Coach Lampe has us ready to play each game.”

Willamette looked depleted in the second half, losing costly possessions on turnovers or miscommunication. The Wolverines held onto the ball too long on consecutive series in the third quarter, leading to forced shots at the buzzer“Our defense won us the game,” said Lampe. “We weren’t shooting well in the first half, but stepped it up in the second.”

photos by Eugene Wesley

Sheldon also took care of business on Tuesday night, defeating the Thurston Colts 50-37 at home. The Irish are in fantastic shape to close out the season in the next six games. A deep playoff run seems to be in the works. Their next game is this Thursday at Marist.

As for Willamette, their season has just about run its course. With five games remaining, the Wolverines can hope to close things out on a positive note, and begin working on next year.  Their next game is at Churchill on Thursday.One More Note On Sheldon At Marist

The Sheldon/Willamette contest has been selected as EDN’s Prep Game Of The Week.  Head over to our website at 7pm on Thursday, and catch all the action on the live blog. Should be a good time.Around the League

Churchill Lancers:

The Lancers only had one game this week, a 70-63 loss at Marshfield on Tuesday. The setback brought their record to 14-4. Churchill has lost two of its last three games, and have not had the same look they had earlier in the season.The Lancers will make the postseason, but going in with positive momentum is crucial. Their next game is Thursday night when they host the Willamette Wolverines.

Marist Spartans:

Marist’s week was a perfect representation of their season as a whole. The Spartans lost a 62-48 game at home against an inferior North Eugene squad on Friday night. On Tuesday, however,  they bounced back with a big 87-58 win over Springfield.

This team is nearly impossible to figure out, and looks different each time they take the court. Marist may have the toughest week of their season coming up.

They start their stretch on Thursday hosting Sheldon. Two nights later, the Spartans will visit South Eugene. Marist returns home against Churchill this coming Tuesday. The goal should be to win at least two of those three games.

North Eugene Highlanders:

The Highlanders only played one game this week and made it count. They shocked the world with a 62-48 blowout upset over Marist. Their next game is on Thursday at Springfield.

South Eugene Axemen:

Normally winning one of two games in a week isn’t something to cheer about. But for the 3-15 South Eugene Axemen, it is a cause for celebration. After a 67-50 blowout loss at Marshfield on Thursday, the Axemen bounced back with a 39-35 win over Willamette at home.

The win marked South’s first home win of the season, giving the fans something to take from the season. They do have a busy week ahead with there games upcoming, the first of which is a 7pm tip off against Thurston on Thursday.

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