Sandy comes up short down the stretch against Parkrose
Northwest Oregon Conference
5A Boys Basketball
SANDY — Sandy's season has been plagued by their inability to close out tight games. And that storyline continued in their game against Parkrose on Friday night.
Despite having a 55-49 lead with 1:01 remaining in regulation, the Pioneers gave up back-to-back 3-pointers to Parkrose's Isamu Chang and Leyson Farmer, which sent the game to overtime where Sandy would eventually fall to the Broncos by a score of 66-62.
This is Sandy's third conference game of the season where they have lost by four points or less.
"It's just so frustrating. There were literally multiple times in the game where if we had gotten a rebound or a loose ball, we win the game," Sandy head coach Jason Maki said. "We were so close. But you have to give credit to Parkrose. They hit some big-time shots."
Pierce Roeder led the Pioneers with a game-high 18 points. Jaden Robinson was also in double-figures with 11 points.
Sandy had a lot of trouble with Parkrose's defensive pressure to start the contest as the Broncos had the full-court press on for the majority of the game. Parkrose went up 15-5 in the first quarter, but Sandy ended the period on an 8-0 run thanks to a pair of triples from Roeder.
The Pioneer offense was struggling to get good looks once again in the second quarter. However, it was an unlikely source that gave Sandy a spark before halftime.
AJ Chase is not a player that logs a lot a minutes when this Sandy team is at full strength. But with the suspensions, Chase was placed in a starting roll and logged in his best game of the season with 10 points — including three straight hoops in the second quarter the tie the game at 23.
"We had some guys drive and fine AJ open in the lane," Maki said. "I think he was a little nervous at first because he short-armed his first couple shots, but he started to get it going for us…He was great tonight."