Titans settle for third at Dale J. Bates Tournament
Courtesy: The Torch | Sports Editor Jarrid Denney
The Lane men’s basketball team took third place out of six teams at the Dale J. Bates Tournament, held at Lane Community College on December 13-15.
In their first game the Titans defeated the New Hope Christian College Deacons 83-74, in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the final score implied.
The Titans led by as much as 23 points during the first half, and cruised to victory over the shorthanded Deacon’s, who played the game with only eight players.
“I’m glad we won, don’t get me wrong, but it was a disappointing win the way we played,” Lane head coach Bruce Chavka said. “We preach and teach that we’re trying to get better everyday, and I don’t think we got better today.”
Sophomore Zach Kirschbaum lead the Titans with 21 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks and shot 8-of-10 from the free throw line.
Dale Baker scored 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting and also pulled down six rebounds for the Titans’.
Chavka said he was extremely happy with the performances of both Baker and Kirschbaum.
“Dale is a really high motor guy,” Chavka said. “If you ask him to do something, he tries his butt to get it done and most of the time he does, and that showed today.”
On the second day of the tournament Lane faced the Southwest Oregon Community College Lakers, who were ranked ninth in the NWAACC coaches poll prior to the game.
The Titans started slow, trailing 21-10 at one point in the first half. but rallied back thanks in part to the shooting of sophomore Alex Sattley,
Sattley scored 13 of the Titans’ first 18 points, and finished the half with 16 points, including four three pointers.
“I needed to fulfill my role as a scorer and finish strong going into the half,” Sattley said.
The Titans carried a 41-40 lead into the half, but were unable to keep pace with the Lakers, who had four players score double digit points.
The Lakers shot 16-of-21 from the free throw line in the second half to shut the door on a Titan comeback, and came away with a 80-73 victory.
Chavka said that despite the loss, he was much happier with his team’s performance on the second day of the tournament than he was after the first.
“I think we’re growing as a team,” Chavka said. “I think the first game was a wake-up call for us and this was a pride game, because we really haven’t played well the last two games.”
After their loss to the Lakers, Lane was forced to settle for a spot in the third place game, versus the Lower Columbia Community College Red Devils.
The Titans were once again led by Sattley, who scored 25 points and grabbed six boards.
Lane was extremely efficient, shooting 48.1% as a team, while holding the Red Devils to 31% from the field and 18.1% from behind the three-point line.
In the championship game held later that evening, the Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch defeated the Lakers in a 105-102 shootout.
Kwinn Hanson scored 36 points on 14-of-18 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds for the Sasquatch and D.J. Anderson scored 33 points and added 10 assists for the Lakers.