Committed to fighting for every rebound, it was North Douglas who capitalized on hustle plays on Friday night to beat Lowell 55-41.
“Wednesday we did not box out very well. First game jitter type of thing, that’s what it seemed like, we were just kind of out of sorts. Didn’t box out so that’s really what we harped on in practice yesterday," said first year head coach Tyler Vancil.
"We did a lot of rebounding drills and I said we’ve got to box out and play defense. If we don’t box out you’re not going to win the board battle, you’re not going to win the game."
While the Devils side had more length and size, it was the Warriors who were able to get second chance points that gave them an early lead that grew throughout the game.
“This group of guys has a lot of heart. It’s clear, two games, even in practice you see it. Guys are diving on the floor in practice to get loose balls and it shows they’ve got a lot of heart,” said first year coach Tyler Vancil.
While Lowell’s three ball was keeping them in the game early, a 9-0 run in the second quarter put North Douglas up 32-18 and the Warriors sustained the lead for the rest of the game. Led by Koldan Frieze’s 17 points, the Warriors utilized a slowed down, patient offense in their half-court sets to find good shots. Carson Burris added 11 points, Jake Gerrard 10 and Caleb Parks with nine for the Warriors.
North Douglas won their season opener against Siletz Valley 66-47 and defeated Perrydale 68-53 on Saturday.
“It’s a long season but couldn’t ask for a better start,” said Vancil.