Doomed by shooting woes that included scoring just 10 points in the second half, Yoncalla fell to Days Creek on Saturday night at home despite the standout play of Ted Wickman.
Wickman led the Eagles with 29 of the team’s 37 points and hit all but one field goal, a fast-break lay-up, for the team.
“I think the younger guys need to get used to playing back to back games on back to back nights. Early on we missed wide-open stuff that we would normally hit. That was really the difference,” said Yoncalla head coach Jarred Eakin.
As Yoncalla missed shot after shot at the rim, it was the Wolves hitting five threes and taking over in the first half. Getting their lead up to as much as eight, it was then Wickman who then mounted a charge of his own. After hitting back-to-back threes to cut the lead to one, he found a rhythm inside and was able to get to the line to put the team up at the break.
After playing the entirety of the first half, Wickman found himself in foul trouble in the third quarter that brought him to the bench for over four minutes. Losing any sense of an offensive rhythm and without a looming shot blocker on defense, the Eagles fell behind.
“Ted’s not always going to be there and these guys need to learn how to play without him,” said Eakin.
After a three-point third quarter, Wickman hit a three-pointer to start the fourth for the Eagles to cut the deficit to two but then the Wolves had a steady stream of free throws. Days Creek went 11-of-12 from the free throw line in the quarter and ended the game on a 13-3 run to finish off the Eagles.
“I’m still really confident in them, we still got a lot of basketball,” said Eakin.