The 2019-20 Cascade Christian boys basketball team continues writing its story. With a 55-40 victory over crosstown rival St. Mary’s, the Challengers have an opportunity to win a third state championship in program history.
Early, the team fell behind 10-2, as Far West League Player of the Year Tre Foster scored three quick buckets. Enter Donminic Lewis with a counter. The junior wing scored 13 points and Braeydn Coppedge added a big three-pointer, as the Challengers rallied to take a 19-12 lead after one quarter.
Cascade Christian made a defensive adjustment to choke off the Crusaders offensive interior. As a result, St. Mary’s committed 30 turnovers on the night. Foster scored 15 points, and gathered 14 rebounds, plus set a single-game tournament record with seven blocked shots, but he had to work hard for every opportunity.
The Challengers had 21 steals on the night. Layne Collom had five thefts, Lewis, Kiegan Schaan, and Nathan Spurlock nabbed four apiece, and Cody Reece had three more steals.
Lewis led the Challengers in rebounding with seven, while Schaan, Matt McPheeters, and Collom corralled six each. McPheeters collected four offensive rebounds.
The Challengers had eight baskets from long distance- with Lewis hitting three in a row in the first. In addition to the triple by Coppedge, Kai Coster supplied two big threes off the Cascade Christian bench. A Collom three in the second half, followed by a later outback by McPheeters all but sealed the win.
Tonight, the 10th seeded Challengers face off with number nine seed Oregon Episcopal at 8:30 pm. Once again, there will be a rooter bus leaving at 4:15 pm. Please bring $10.