Before delivering 35 points to help the Camas High School boys basketball team beat Hudson’s Bay 84-57 on Jan. 25, Jacob Kaler remembers two words the Papermakers wrote down in the locker room before the game.
“Win league,” he said. “Seeing the goal on the board motivated me even more. Those words were pounding through my head the whole game.”
Kaler racked up 17 points in the first half. At one point, the Papermakers were rolling on a 26-2 scoring drive in the first half.
Kaler collected another 14 points in the third quarter. He capped off a night to remember with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the third quarter, and a shot clock beating jumper in the fourth quarter.
“This was a must-win game in my mind, if we wanted to win league,” Kaler said. “This is what I’ve been working so hard for in practice, for games like this. All of that extra work in the weight room, and building endurance from cross country, is really starting to pay off for me.”