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Wednesday, March 1, 1989, The Sun 11 By Norm Rant Samples, Sheridan High's silver fox, has had some during his 19 years at the basketball, but given look in his eye last Thursday could have been sweeter 65-57 sudden death win Western Mennonite in the playoffs. L, as if shouted back on stage his troops thumped Santiam Christian, seeding game. now enter the round their region, and !win but one game of two to the eight team state tour- Portland Christian at George Fox Col- If the Sparts win, If they lose, again at 8:30 p.m. Satur- Winner to go to Pendleton. days ago using the to describe Sheridan's the league play- optimistic. Sheridan lost last game of the season Western Mennonite. Pioneers for second. lost the game, their league title, and with ruing, their lead- and shot blocker, Ca- to an ankle sprain. Claus was grit- while dragging his bad hallways of Sheridan to play even if I have to said through clenched Thursday's playoff COmmendable attitude, but not World War I and the Spartans ap- for the season. Sheridan played again, this time regionals. up and down the well, but Sheridan entire first half and ap- times as if they were about with Western. / | / James Denton goes through the backdoor for the Spartans Thursday night to evade Western Mennonite defenders. Denton made the reverse lay in adding two points to his game total. Sheridan was victorious and advanced to the district championship against Santlam Christian the next night. --Photo by Corinne Ivey scored back to back field goals.Western went the next six minutes er. We seemed to be a half step Sheridan also controlled the sl,~.n Claus 14, Samples 17.5i~k 16, Denton 6. Spencer 6, Sheridan trailed 36-38 at the half, without a score, and when Steve aheadofthem on defense." boards, out rebounding the Eagles 5~it~6. M~r~ FG 25 FT t2.16. a box-and- and two veteran West Valley League Samples put back Sisk's miss at the Thursday's win put Sheridan in 36-23, and a st!cky defense held big western M .... n,e Nofziger 6, Rush 8, Martinez 27, L. King 3. Pc.,~r t, aimed at slowing downcoaches were saying that the slightly third quarter buzzer, it was 49-42. the regionals. All that was left was scorer Eric Templeton to flat zero. ~.~e, 4. s. ~clng ~ F~ ~o. FT a-~0. .~ and change of .pace silver fox had the game right where Steve Samples, who now was the Friday seeding game with league With the score tied at the start of She,d,, ]~ ~0 U tO-~5 W. Mennonite |8 20 4 15-57 ~ Samples. W~s(~h~s he wanted it.This brought a snicker wearing Billy Martinez out, opened champ Santiam Christian. the fourth, Steve Samples shook lose a.poln~ goa~-Ma.~ne. 7~ 5 K~.~ ~. 51~k ~, 5~n,p~s tough as nails Billyto the lips of a third observer, who the fourth with a baseline leaping, "No, we're going for broke." the forthree unanswered hoops, and lat- s~,~ ;Samples hard in had a good understanding of basket- leaner to make it 51-42. slightly silver fox said when asked if er the Spartans pushed the lead to Samples ~l. 5~st ~2. Claus S, t~nto. 4, Spencc~ 4. Smith 2, Moore, FG 20. FT 8-14, holding him to five ball, but who was unt'amilar with the At 2:40 Martinez finally got un- he might rest Claus's ankle Friday to ten. With Santiam forced to foul, s,.t~m c~... Samples and Mike_Sisk fox's modus operandi. The thil"d ob- tracked and hit two threes to pull insure a healthy center for this Sheridan drained 8-10 foul shots n. Baker 21, Harrington El, Hoerauf 6, Roth 2, three pointers late in server thought it was always better Western to within 55-50, but with week's regionals, down the stretch to win 48.41. S~,,u,,Gang ,. |~F~|l~|0rr|~.4Sa'14' to keep Sheridan' to be ahead than behind, time running out they were forced to It appeared a risky decision. The "We really played well," Samples s,,~ c~d.,~ ~ ~| |6 a.4~ It's not. foul. Shane Spencer missed the front Eagles had stomped Sheridan in said after the win. ""w~ dominated ~Iartinez was having Larry Samples came out of the end of. a one-and-one, but James their first meeting and then led all the inside play, and I think our de- w.~m Mennn,ae L. King 16, Nofiz.iRer 10. Rush 8. Martlnez 9, Pendu night at the offensive locker room with an extended zone Denton, quiet since the second the way before losing by one atfense won the game for us." H, E,~r a, s. r~ng 3. vo ~s. ~r s-~. five threes and defense in an attempt to shut down period, then cashed two free throws Sheridan in meeting two. The But the win proved costly. Guard s~,~,, Samples 17. Claus 8. 5tsk II, Spencer 8. Denton 2, " half with 21 points as well Martinez's long distance missiles, to put Sheridan ahead, 57-50, with Spartans were clear underdogs going Shane Spencer went down with anSmith Z. ~oore ~0. FG Z~ rr :.4. game. The strategy worked as Martinez had 2:20 left. The Spartans then took into Friday's contest with or without ankle sprain that appears worse than w. Me,re, Re |~ ~ ~0 |~.~0 mark of the second as bad a third quarter as he did a advantage of their foul shot Claus. Claus's. Samples called Spencers~,, |4 |~ ~ | J-point goals-Martinez 3, Noflziger, 5. King , 26-20, Larry Sam- good second quarter, missing shots opportunities to win going away. But Samples had still more tricks doubtful for Friday's game against Samples, sis~. Moo~e ~. !time out to run a play in- and turning the ball over. "That's as good as they come," in his considerable tricks bag.Portland Christian. Claus. Claus was Three minutes into the third peri- coach Samples said after the win. Santiam surprised the Spartans hit both ends, and the od, Mike Sisk, he of the brick layers "Our seniors (Gary Smith, Denton with a man defense that played into aartan fortunes body and pianist's touch, dropped a and Sisk) had strong games with ev- the hands of Samples' man offense, scored twice more three pointer to make it 45-42, Sheri- erything on the line. We had a better which is geared to freeing shooters Shane Spencer buried dan. Although it was impossible to perimeter defense in the third quar- down low. Sisk and Steve Samples J, and James Denton know at the time, school was out. ter. Spencer and Smith played tight- scored repeatedly inside. ....... ~i~ :~iii~ii moved gracefully toward the basket Friday night, Shane Spencer came down not so gracefully. He injured his ankle Christian game. shortly after his shot during the Santlam --Photo by Corinne Ivey Sheridan's Travis Moore flies to the basket during the Western Mennonite game Thursday night. --Photo by Corinne Ivey