"You can't stop him, you can only hope contain him." This quote rang true tonight. After scoring 30 on Tuesday night, and playing his third game in 4 nights, Jacob Slifka, may have had a slow start tonight, but he sure didn't finish that way. Heck, no one could blame him after Slifka's performances this week against #5 Philomath and #1 Woodburn on the road. Against upper class 5A Hillsboro, the Spartans held a 22-19 lead at the half doing the best they could to take advantage of their size with 6-6 Nate Smith and 6-5 Logan Jackson. Sparty played an old school junkyard style of basketball with most of their first half points coming from around the rim, with the officials calling very few fouls in the first half.
Second half everything changed. The score changed, the style of play changed, and the officiating changed.The officials became quicker to blow their whistles, and the Braves ramped up their pressure leading to easier baskets and finding more opportunities for their GTG (go to guy). Slifka had just 3 at the half, but it didn't take long into the third for him to reach double digits. The Braves when on a 10-3 (8 by Slifka) run to start the quarter and increased it to 18-8 over the period to take a 37-30 lead into the final quarter. Jarred Evans (12) and Joseph Buliga (11) did their parts as well in helping the Braves to the win over the 5A Spartans who fell to 2-3, #4 Banks wins their 4th straight to improve to 4-3 with a 54-41 victory over Hillsboro.
Hillsboro. 11 11 8 11--41
BANKS 8 11 18 17--54.