Ridgeview is learning how to deal with adversity.
“It’s been tough for us to be able to weather that (storm) and just think about the next play or the fact that no game is ever won or lost on one or two or even three possessions,” said Ridgeview coach Jake Miller after the Ravens’ 64-32 loss to Timberline (Idaho) Thursday night in the opening round of the Oregon Holiday Hoopfest.
Bryce Demars, one of eight sophomores now playing varsity who were on the Ridgeview freshman team just a year ago, knocked down a 3-pointer early in the second quarter to get the Ravens within 15-14.
But the Wolves from Boise outscored Ridgeview 15-4 in the final six minutes of the second period to take a 30-18 lead into halftime.
By the start of the fourth quarter at Summit High School, Timberline had extended its lead to 46-22.
“We’ve got a bunch of guys with athleticism and willingness to be coached and play hard most of the time,” said Miller, who is in his first year as head coach at Ridgeview after serving two years as an assistant. “What we don’t have yet is enough relevant experience to be able to deal with those kind of situations, whether it’s in the fourth quarter or the first quarter. We’ve got to keep finding ways to weather storms and keep playing tough and deal with some adversity and pull together as a group. We just don’t have a lot of experience doing that.”
Payton Davis, the Ravens’ only senior, led the team with 10 points.
Nolan Conroyd, who gave Ridgeview its only lead, 2-0 with 4:30 remaining in the first quarter, finished with six points.
The Ravens made just 11 field goals, compared with Timberline’s 25.
The loss dropped Ridgeview to 1-9.
“We’ve played a really tough nonleague schedule, playing some of the best 6 (A) and 5A teams in the state and we’re just not there yet,” Miller said. “One of the things we’re looking forward to is being in a league that’s going to be more competitive for us, more to our level. We’ll be playing teams that are closer to where we’re at.”
Ridgeview will play Madras Friday at Bend High in the Hoopfest after the White Buffaloes lost to Thurston 100-60 Thursday.
“We’re looking for more opportunities to keep getting better,” Miller said. “That’s for sure.”
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