Vikings struggle offensively but eventually do enough to dispatch last-place Hillsboro
The Forest Grove boys basketball team won its Pacific Conference opener against Hillsboro last Friday, 62-52, improving the Vikings record to 8-3 on the season.
Still, Forest Grove head coach Greg Evers was somewhat less than impressed.
I wouldnt say it was a good win, Evers said. Any win is a good win, but we didnt play particularly well, mainly because we didnt shoot the ball very well.
The Vikings began the game 3-of-18 from the field and scored only seven points in the first quarter. The offense began putting the ball in the basket more frequently as the game wore on, but the Vikings were still not up to their own standards.
We started off a little slow, Evers said. The next three quarters were better, but we ended up scoring 62 (points). Wed like to be over 70 if we can.
Evers was also disappointed with the ability of the Spartans who are only 1-10 this season to make it a competitive game. Hillsboro was only trailing 57-52 with less than a minute left in the game.
We allowed them to stick around ... a little longer than I wanted, Evers said. We were a better team but we didnt play like it for a while. The game didnt ever really get fully into our control.
I just didnt feel like we played particularly well.
Evers said that the Vikings were fortunate to have point guard Michael Garcia, who led Forest Grove with 24 points six of those coming in the last two minutes of the game.
Im glad we had him. He was about the only one who shot the ball really well, Evers said. He had a nice night. Thank goodness that we had him because on nights like that, someone has to put the ball in the basket on a pretty regular basis if were going to win.
Evers believes that part of the problem with the Vikings shooting last Friday night was that they had not been on the court since losing to Roosevelt in the Century/Hillsboro Tournament on Dec. 29.
Part of it was our condition and our endurance, Evers said. Were an up and down (the court) team, so if our legs arent in good shape and where we want them to be, that probably affects our shooting first and foremost.
Since Friday, Evers has been having his team work on both conditioning and shooting during practice.
We need to work in practice at getting up and down the court and condition hard, Evers said. We also need to do a bunch more shooting. Thats another remedy.
While the Vikings need to improve their conditioning and shooting, Evers has lofty expectations for his team.
Were predicting up front that were going to be fighting for that fourth spot (in the Pacific Conference), likely with McMinnville, Tualatin or Tigard, Evers said. If we can get to the 14- or 15-win mark, we should be in the top four and qualify for state.