Glencoe boys take league opener with Century 55-48
Despite the OSAA rankings for the most part equalizing wins, league victories always taste a little bit sweeter.
Glencoe got a taste of that sweetness following a 55-48 win over Century in both teams' Pacific Conference opener Tuesday night, Jan. 11, at Century High School.
The Tide (4-7, 1-0) were led by senior post Ben Thornbrue who tallied 12 points and five rebounds, but in the end owed much of their success and ultimately their win to a second quarter run that allowed the visitors to build an insurmountable 17-point lead.
"We got a lot of energy coming off the bench," Glencoe head coach Kevin Bloodsaw said. "I switched the lineup up a bit to give us a little bit more punch off the bench, and that second unit came in and provided us extra effort."
Thornbrue was a lot for Century to handle inside, both defensively and on the boards, but it was Cooper Landaker, Michael Vandomelen and Austin Stampflee that did the bulk of the heavy lifting in the pivotal second quarter, scoring 14 of the Tide's 25 points en route to a 35-18 halftime lead.
Bloodsaw was impressed with his second unit's performance but added that he'd like to see more consistency from the group, as well as the rest of the team if they want to win on a more consistent basis.
"Often times I find myself wondering what team I'm going to get," the coach said with a chuckle. "At times it feels like we have some good depth, but other times it depends on the flow of the game as to whether we'll get into that depth. Sometimes you have to stick more with the first unit, but other times when a team has shooters and they're pushing the ball, I have to match it. Tonight, our guys stepped up and that was very helpful."
Century (7-6, 0-1) didn't go down without a fight. Playing without standout freshman guard Jessley Bukeyeneza who left the game early in the second quarter with a cut in his mouth, the Jags battled to within 11 points after three quarters and within five midway through the third quarter when Elijah Garcia scored to cut the lead to 47-42. But the Tide answered with two free throws from sophomore center Chance Winter, a lay-in from Thornbrue, and four straight points from Richie Vera to ice what turned out to be a quality league win.
Bloodsaw said it's been difficult to get his team in a groove with everything that's gone on over the past year, and even now with COVID complications, but added that he feels this group is moving in the right direction. The coach also said that they're excited for the coming weeks because this season opposed to years past feels wide open regarding who'll emerge at the end with the league crown.
"The team and coaching staff feels like this year anybody has a chance," Bloodsaw said. "It's anybody's game on any night in our league, and it hasn't been like that in a long time. I think we're all fighting for the same thing and pretty even, so it should be a lot of fun for everyone."
Glencoe was led by Thornbrue's 12 points but got seven or more points from five players including: Landaker 8, Vandomelen 8, Vera 7, and Keith Miller 7.
Century was led by Wongsomadi who hit five three-pointers en route to 15 points, and Garcia who finished with nine points and five rebounds.
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