There was a storm brewing Friday night at Roseburg High’s Robertson Memorial Gymnasium.
Senior transfer Storm Scott showed the home fans what he brings to the program with an active and energetic performance in the post and Collin Warmouth was Collin Warmouth as Roseburg snagged a 63-47 victory over Century in a nonleague boys basketball game.
Scott, who played at Mountain View in Bend last season, scored five points early in the first quarter and RHS never trailed after taking a 7-6 lead. Scott finished with 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Warmouth, Roseburg’s senior guard who is closing in on the school career scoring record, finished with 29 points. He had 12 points in the second quarter, which Roseburg closed out on an 11-0 run for a 27-12 lead at the intermission.
Scott rated his performance in his second game with RHS much more favorably than his first effort, against Eagle Point on Wednesday.
“I had a rough game (at Eagle Point),” Scott said. “But today I got my nerves worked out and found my position with the team.
Wednesday “was just the first game with a new program, we traveled a long way and I was just really nervous. I felt pretty comfortable today,” Scott added. “I love playing the post.”
And if his performance becomes a consistent one, Roseburg fans will love watching him play there.
“He gets in there and bangs, and he finishes really well at the basket,” Warmouth said.
“He’s a new player,” RHS coach Mike Pardon said. “We’re going to see how consistent that stays or goes, but he did a good job.”
How consistent the entire team can be will be on display at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, as RHS hosts Aloha (1-0). Aloha won its opener 57-55 over South Medford on Friday.
“We’re just going to have to be ready to go,” Pardon said. “I know we’re going to play a really athletic team.”
Scott gives Roseburg a flexibility it hasn’t enjoyed in recent years — the option of moving Jonathan Stone out to the perimeter and letting the lanky athletic Stone show off.
Stone punctuated Roseburg’s victory with a pair of thunderous dunks in the fourth quarter.
“It was a ton of fun,” Warmouth said. “Jon’s two dunks, those were great. They sparked everyone a lot.”
The first came on an inbounds pass, the other when Century overcommitted to guarding the wing and Stone had a clear path to the rim for an ally-oop. Less than a minute later, Pardon pulled his starters and the bench played out the final minute-40.
“Overall we played hard,” Warmouth said. “We have some things to clean up, but it was a lot of fun tonight.”
This early in the season — even with two three-year starters — it’s still a feeling out process for Roseburg.
Playing man-to-man defense may not be Roseburg’s long-term answer; it had to switch primary duties on a couple of Century players after Jaguars junior Jospin Mugisha kept getting free for outside shots early. Pardon put the 6-foot-7 Stone on the 6-foot Mugisha and that quieted Century’s offense.
After a slow, pressing start, Warmouth got into his rhythm late in the first quarter.
“At first I thought he was forcing it a bit, then he got into the groove of the game,” Pardon said. “Collin is really tough when we can move the ball and get him isolated on people.”
Roseburg committed more turnovers than any coach likes, but did so many other things well that made up for it for one night.
“We were careless at times,” Pardon said. “Our defense was fine, our rebounding was fine, but we have to do a better job of taking care of the ball and being more disciplined at times.”
Century (0-1) came into the game without its top returning player. Sophomore Edy Essien knocked down four 3-pointers and had 14 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Jaguars with 18 points, while Mugisha had 10. The Jaguars made 11 of 31 from 3-point range, but most came after Roseburg had taken a 25-point lead.
CENTURY (47) — Edy Essien 6 1-2 18, Chan 2 0-0 6, Mugisha 4 0-1 10, Bingham 0 0-0 0, Strauss 0 0-0 0, Garcia 0 0-0 0, Sparks 1 3-4 5, Gordon 0 0-0 0, Parish 3 0-0 8, Somers 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 4-7 47.
ROSEBURG (63) — Collin Warmouth 9 8-9 29, Scott 7 1-2 15, Black 1 0-0 2, Seely 2 2-2 6, Lake 0 0-2 0, Adams 0 0-0 0, Martin 0 0-0 0, Stone 2 0-0 4, Ellis 1 2-2 5, Avilez 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 13-17 63.
Century 7 5 12 23 — 47
Roseburg 11 16 19 17 — 63
3-Point Goals — Cen. 11 (Essien 5, Chan 2, Mugisha 2, Parish 2), Ros. 4 (Warmouth 3, Ellis 1). Total Fouls — Cen. 15, Rose 10.
JV Score — Century 44, Roseburg 39.