Mike Pardon preaches playing 32 minutes.
Roseburg’s 18th-year coach doesn’t expect his boys basketball team to reach that mark right away, but he was looking for much better than 18 minutes of smart, aggressive and defensive basketball Saturday afternoon.
But that’s what he got, and for one game it didn’t hurt RHS.
Roseburg played some of its best basketball of the young season in the first half, then managed to do enough to hang onto a 64-49 victory over road-weary Aloha at Stewart W. Robertson Memorial Gymnasium.
“I thought we were playing basketball, just reading, reacting and playing basketball,” Pardon said about the Roseburg’s first half performance that ensured it started the season 3-0. “And that’s how you beat a team that traps and does all those things all over the floor. I thought we moved the ball, we found openings and guys shot layins. When you do those things, good things happen.”
Lots of good things like breaking away from a 7-7 game to lead 22-11 after a quarter.
Post Storm Scott had 12 of his game-high 21 points in the first half, Collin Warmouth scored 10 in the same stretch and seven different players had at least two points in the first 16 minutes.
Roseburg was active on defense and aggressive to the basket on its way to a 41-17 advantage at the break.
“I think we came out with a lot of energy, especially for playing last night, against another high energy team,” Warmouth said. “Storm, they didn’t have a ton of size, and Storm took advantage of it and really finished around the basket.”
Then came the second half — and perhaps the greatest learning time for RHS — as Aloha refused to go away.
Aloha, which defeated South Medford on Friday, was playing on short rest just like Roseburg, which beat Century 16 hours earlier. In a side note, Century defeated South Medford on Saturday.
The Warriors (1-1) made an adjustment to their full-court trap at the half that caught Roseburg, for a bit.
“When they make adjustments, you have to keep reading,” Pardon said. “We’re not going to find out (if RHS learned) until we play a team that’s very similar. We know we can do it, we did it in the first half. You have to make adjustments when they make adjustments.”
With Aloha over committed to defending the middle of the floor, Roseburg had a hard time at first shifting to a skip pass. A rash of turnovers led to the Warriors cutting a 50-26 RHS lead to 13 before RHS was able to push the margin back up.
“We got too relaxed with having such a good first half,” Warmouth said. “We just need to maintain our focus.”
What Roseburg did well most of the game was play defense. Aloha went away from challenging Scott, Carson Ellis, Xavier Avilez and Jonathan Stone in the paint early on and relied on the 3-point shot to try and equalize the game.
Aloha went 10-for-32 from 3-point range and shot 15-for-59 for the contest. It was the second straight game an opponent made 10 or more 3-pointers against RHS.
“(Scott) did a nice job being aggressive, and on the boards,” Pardon said. “I have to give credit to Jon Stone — the last two nights he’s really played some good defense on their top players. Jon Stone gives us the other side of it.”
Scott finished with 14 rebounds, 12 defensive, and Stone had seven boards while also altering a number of 3-point shots with his length and shot-blocking ability. Ellis and Avilez both had five rebounds and guard Jett Black had six.
That Roseburg has to get better at rotating on 3-point shooters is clear, but few teams can match its interior defense.
Roseburg plays its next two games on the road: at Ashland on Tuesday and at Corvallis on Friday.
ALOHA (49( — Caleb Turner 6 1-2 17, C. Wilson 3 2-2 9, Moungvang 0 0-0 0, R. Wilson 2 3-8 9, Williams 0 0-1 0, Bloom 2 0-0 6, Dennis 0 3-6 3, Morrison 1 0-0 2, Cashmer 0 0-0 0, Weitzel 1 0-0 3. Totals 15-59 9-19 49.
ROSEBURG (64) — Storm Scott 8 3-5 21, Black 2 0-0 4, Seely 2 1-2 5, Warmouth 5 8-9 18, Lake 1 0-0 2, Adams 3 0-2 6, Stone 2 0-0 4, Ellis 2 0-0 4, Avilez 0 0-0 0. Totals 25-56 12-18 64.
Aloha:11 6 16 16 — 49
Roseburg 22 19 9 14 — 64
3-Point Goals — Alo. 10-32 (C. Wilson, R. Wilson 2, Bloom 2, Turner 4, Weitzel), Ros. 2-10 (Scott 2). Total Fouls — Alo. 19, Ros. 21. Fouled Out — None. Technical Fouls — Stone.
JV Score — Roseburg 49-42.