Roseburg High School’s career boys basketball scoring record was within reach for Collin Warmouth on Tuesday.
The senior didn’t cave under the pressure. If anything, he excelled.
Warmouth scored a career-high matching 38 points and broke the school’s 17-year-old record, and his performance paved way to the Tribe’s 77-55 Southwest Conference rout over South Eugene at Robertson Memorial Gym.
“Tonight worked out perfect,” Warmouth said, referring to getting the scoring record and victory. “That was a really good South Eugene team and we played really well as a team. This gives us a lot of confidence.”
It was another monster offensive performance for the 6-foot-3 Warmouth against South Eugene, equaling his career high while going 18-for-18 from the free-throw line. The guard now has 1,310 points to overtake the mark previously owned by Joe Newton (1,282 points from 1999-2002).
Warmouth passed Newton with a pair of free throws with 4:14 left in the second quarter.
Newton, a post who graduated in 2002 and went on to play football at Oregon State University, was in attendance with his family and congratulated Warmouth after the game.
Meanwhile, two games into the Southwest Conference boys basketball season, Roseburg has turned some heads.
“I think we’re here to fight,” Roseburg senior guard Merhawi Lake said. “The league needs to know that ... I think they do now.”
Roseburg (12-4, 2-0 SWC) defeated another team expected to contend for the league championship. The Axe (12-4, 1-1) entered the contest No. 7 in the OSAA Class 6A power rankings and No. 9 in the latest 6A coaches’ poll.
The Indians knocked off SWC preseason favorite Sheldon, 56-52, last Friday at home.
Roseburg took apart the Axe down the stretch, outscoring them 28-11 over the final eight minutes. Warmouth had 14 points, 10 coming from the charity stripe. Lake scored seven of his season-high 13 points in the fourth.
Roseburg converted 18 of 19 foul shots in the final quarter and finished 91 percent (31-for-34) for the game.
Not to mention the Tribe shot 60 percent (21-for-35) from the field.
“Like I told our kids, Roseburg beat us everywhere,” South Eugene coach Dave Hancock said. “They outplayed us mentally and physically — all of their guys did. They got great contributions from their other players. They exposed us in a lot of different areas.”
The Tribe held South Eugene 14 points below its scoring average. The Axe, who had won nine of their past 10 coming in, had a six-game winning streak snapped.
“It was a great team effort,” Roseburg coach Mike Pardon said. “Collin (Warmouth) obviously played really well, but we had some other people play well. We rebounded well and for the most part gave them one shot only.
“We did a nice job of staying with the game plan, spreading the court out, getting shots in and out, and moving the ball. I’m a big believer in moving people and moving the ball, and we spread them out at the end and got some foul shots.”
Warmouth has scored 70 points in the last two games, sinking 36 of 39 free throws.
“He’s big and has a great shooting touch, and is a very smart player,” Hancock said.
“We’re sharing the ball, but my teammates know when to get it to me.” Warmouth said. “We run a play and I’m open on the cut a lot, and they always look for that.”
“We do a pretty good job of moving the ball around, but we know if anybody should be shooting that ball it should be Collin,” Lake said. “All that kid does is basketball, he lives and breathes it. It’s not surprising when he performs like that on the court. I’m just really happy for him.”
Carson Ellis finished with 12 points and six rebounds, Kaden Seely chipped in six points and 13 rebounds, and Jett Black hit two 3-pointers for six points for the Indians. Lake had six rebounds and three assists to go along with his double-figure scoring.
“Kaden (Seely) was fantastic defensively, just getting loose balls,” Pardon said. “He does what we need. He’s the perfect utility player.”
Aidan Clark led South Eugene with 16 points, 11 coming in the first half. Bryce Boettcher, the son of RHS graduate Brett Boettcher, had 10 points, nine rebounds, five steals and three assists.
“Those two teams (Sheldon and South Eugene) I’ve despised very much throughout high school,” Lake said. “These games mean everything to me, especially Sheldon. Nobody here likes Sheldon much, so it feels really good to get that W.”
In other SWC games Tuesday, North Medford beat Sheldon 63-60 and Grants Pass downed South Medford 60-44.
Roseburg continues conference play when it travels to South Medford (1-15, 0-2) Friday.
SOUTH EUGENE (55) — Aidan Clark 16, Edwards, Berryman 3, James, Harris 9, McAninch 8, Nelson, Boettcher 10, Paul 9. Totals 22-55 9-13 55.
ROSEBURG (77) — Collin Warmouth 38, Black 6, Seely 6, Lake 13, Adams, Ellis 12, Avilez 2. Totals 21-35 31-34 77.
S. Eugene 12 15 17 11 — 55
Roseburg 16 14 19 28 — 77
3-Point Goals — S.E. 2 (Harris, Berryman), Rose. 4 (Black 2, Seely 1, Ellis 1). Total Fouls — S.E. 23, Rose. 15. Fouled Out — McAninch, Harris, Clark.
JV Score — Roseburg 62, South Eugene 39.