What a difference a year makes for Skyler Gillispie and the Camas High School boys basketball players.
“Last year at this time, I barely knew their first and last names,” said the second-year head coach who took over the program just weeks before the season started. “The kids have played a lot of basketball together in the spring, summer and fall, and hopefully that reflects on the court. Our communication and camaraderie will be stronger this year.”
The shorthanded Papermakers made significant progress during the first week of the season, while Zach Eagle, Drew Clarkson and Michael Digenova fulfilled their required number of practices after football. On Nov. 26, Camas held Hudson’s Bay to just 13 points in the second half of a 54-39 road victory. Trevor Jasinsky and Jordan Lenard each scored 15 points.
The Papermakers and Prairie fought into overtime Friday, before the Falcons escaped the Camas warehouse with a 62-56 win. Camas just missed a 3-pointer after taking the lead late in the fourth quarter, but Tyler Hallead grabbed the rebound and kicked the ball back out. After a series of passes, the ball ended up in the hands of Trent Johnson and the senior delivered a 3-pointer to put the Papermakers up 47-42.
“We came out with more fire in the second half and played a lot better,” Hallead said. “It just shows how much potential we have in the future.”