Twenty-four seconds into Newport’s third-place game of the 4A state tournament, Doug Sain called a timeout to have a heart-to-heart with his team in its final game of the season.
The game that the Cubs won 68-51 to claim the third-place trophy started with a lackadaisical pass and an attempted one-handed catch, resulting in a turnover on the Cubs’ opening possession against the top-seeded Banks Braves Saturday evening at Forest Grove High School.
“I just wanted to come and play the right way,” Sain said. “We were going to make solid passes, we were going to catch it with two hands, you’re going to pivot, face the rim, you’re going to do everything the right way and we’ll see what happens. From then on, I thought we did really well.”
The pep-talk 24 seconds into the game didn’t yield immediate results. Banks scored eight-straight points to take a seven-point lead midway through the first quarter.
But a Kye Blaser three put an end to the run to the Banks run and jump-started what would turn into a 28-3 run by the Cubs before halftime.
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