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Darrington starts slow, roars back for opening game win
DARRINGTON Mike Parris got the Darrington Loggers basketball team off to a quick start to their season with a free throw line jumper seconds into the game against the Cedar Park Christian Eagles. The next seven minutes werent as pretty, but Darrington righted the ship in the fourth quarter to win a close game 62-54. The Nov. 28 game in Darrington marked the start to a new season and showcased why the Loggers have much reason for optimism this year.
The Eagles went on a 10 point run to put Darrington in a big hole at the beginning of the game. Parris finally got the Loggers going again with a jumper midway through the first quarter. Mark Jones then hit a three pointer from the corner to cut the lead to five. Still, Darrington could not solve the pressure defense of Cedar Park Christian and they trailed at one point 17-7.
It wasnt until Darrington made some adjustments of their own defense that they started to turn things around. Using a one-two-two half court trap to pressure the Eagles, Justin ODell came up with a couple of steals. Cory Hoveskeland nailed a three pointer to cut into the deficit and Nick Olsen scored close to the hoop off an inbounds play.
To start the second quarter Parris hit another jumper in the lane and Derrick Green banged in another three pointer from straight away. Darrington had closed the gap to 19-20. Parris continued to do damage down low on offense, using a head fake to make the score 21-22. Green knocked down free throws on Darringtons next possession to give the Loggers their first lead of the game.
Parris continued to torment the Eagle defense as he scored on a one-man fast break to bring the advantage to 27-22 Darrington. He blocked two shots on defense as well, nullifying several Eagle drives. At the half, Darrington had come all the way back to lead 27-24.
The third quarter was not as kind to the Eagles as Cedar Park came storming back to take the lead. An offensive rebound and put back by Green temporarily retook the lead for Darrington at 34-33 but it was short lived. Cedar Park went on a run and led at the end of the third quarter 40-38.
The fourth quarter proved to be all Darrington as they got huge contributions from Green and ODell. ODell started off the quarter with a drive to the hole to tie the game. Green then knocked down back-to-back three pointers to give Darrington a 46-42 advantage. ODell continued to attack the rim and scored the next four points for the Loggers. He also fed Mark Jones for a fast-break lay up to push the advantage to 54-49.
With the Loggers leading 60-54 and only a minute remaining, Cedar Park needed to score quick. They worked the ball around the perimeter and found a shooter on the left side. Hoveskeland eneded the Eagles chances with a huge block on the shot attempt, the ball landing in the hands of Parris. Parris was immediately fouled by Cedar Park and downed two free throws to ice the game.
The first few minutes were rocky, we made some of the same bad plays that weve made in the past, said Coach Jeff Bryson. We got down 10 but we hung tough considering everything that was going wrong. Defensively we switched to our zone and the kids did a good job. It was their idea to get out of our man defense and I thought it showed a lot of senior leadership.
A lot of it was defensive intensity, said Green. We run a man primarily but they were getting open looks so we went into a trapping zone. Its a good opening game, a great win against a good team.
Darrington plays again Dec. 7 against Coupeville.