Some of the most memorable games in Cascade Christian boys basketball history have been played at Jackson Court. Friday was another dramatic battle won on a James Forrester drive with less than 15 seconds remaining as the Crusader edged the Challengers Friday night. With the win, St. Mary’s remains tied for first place with Sutherlin- who also won Friday- while Cascade Christian falls to third in the Far West League.
Cascade Christian led throughout most of the game. Kiegan Schaan hit on a variety of pull up jumpers and drives, Layne Collom was hitting from long distance, and Donminic Lewis was solid throughout the night. Schaan finished with a season-high 20, Lewis added 18 and Collom 15 as the Challengers shot 46-percent unofficially.
The Challengers were also strong on the offensive glass, and their defense created Crusader turnovers. St. Mary’s was lights out from three point range: Tre Foster knocked down four triples to lead his team with 23, James Forrester added 13- including three threes. Will Kranenburg was also a surprise source of three-point shooting, making his first three long distance shots of the season. Josh Banton also added to treys, and Aliloa Kaeo- Wailhua chipped in another.
It was the three-point shooting that fueled the Crusader rally. Overall, St. Mary’s shot 54-percent from the floor, making them a dangerous matchup in the league playoff against Sutherlin.
Cascade Christian sits and awaits the final rankings, but is expected to get an at-large berth, thanks to their ranking. 12 Oregon 3A teams get automatic playoff bids, and four get in as wild cards, based on rankings.