An offensive slump in the second quarter was too much for the Lebanon Warriors to overcome on Friday in a 66-47 loss to visiting North Salem.
The Warriors trailed 15-11 after the opening quarter and North Salem took control of the game by outscoring Lebanon 16-5 in the second quarter to take a 15-point lead into the break.
Senior wing Spencer Dorsey-Duquesne made two corner 3-pointers in the quarter to lead the Vikings’ surge. He finished with a game-high 19 points.
Lebanon performed better offensively in the second half but never threatened North Salem’s advantage.
Sophomore guard Henry Pointer scored a team-high 17 points for the Warriors. He made four 3-pointers, one in each quarter.
“I grow in confidence every game, I try to keep getting better,” Pointer said.
The Warriors are playing without senior post Kyle Haley who suffered a season-ending knee injury against Dallas on Jan. 7.
Haley’s absence has put additional pressure on 6-foot-1 junior Gideon Osborne.
“With me being an undersized post, it’s going to be a little hard because there’s definitely a size advantage. I just try to be as physical as I can, get the other person out of rhythm on defense. On offense, whenever I get the ball inside, I look outside because we have decent shooters this year so I try to find the open guy,” Osborne said.
Osborne is an inside-out offensive player and knocked down a 3-pointer against the Vikings (6-10, 2-6 Mid-Willamette Conference).
“I definitely like the three-ball. I’m a rhythm shooter so we have plays where if I get it in rhythm I’ll take it. I’m not afraid to shoot deep, but I’m also physical down low,” Osborne said.
Despite the team’s record (4-12, 1-7 MWC) Osborne is optimistic about the future. He sees potential in players such as Pointer, sophomore Brayden Currey and freshman Sam Brandt.
Brandt had a strong game against North Salem, playing aggressively and finding success on drives to the basket.
“For sure, Sam, I’d say he’s made a pretty big impact this year. I mean he’s filling big shoes. He’s a freshman, he’s doing the best he can and that’s all we can ask for. He plays hard,” Osborne said.
Pointer said that he and Brandt have played together in the past on tournament teams.
“It’s fun. I like playing with him,” Pointer said.
Senior post Dane Torgerson also played well against the Vikings in Haley’s absence. Torgerson, who is 6-foot-6, provided an inside presence and tallied six points.
The Warriors were scheduled to host Corvallis (9-7, 4-4) on Tuesday and will play at Dallas (4-11, 1-7) on Friday.
NORTH SALEM 66, LEBANON 47
North Salem 15 16 19 16 — 66
Lebanon 11 5 17 14 — 47
North Salem: Dorsey-Duquesne 19, Melzer 12, Atarino 9, Endicott 8, Daniel 7, Ayres 7, Tapia 2, Carter-Varay 2, Hurtado, Mendiola, cimino, Razo-Frazier.
Lebanon: Pointer 17, Osborne 6, Torgerson 6, Brandt 6, Birchem 6, Weber 4, Dargay 2, Whitney, Parrish, Horner.