Camas got a taste of Canadian basketball Wednesday.
A boys team from Southridge High School, in Sulley, B.C., traveled more than 300 miles to play some hoops. The Papermakers welcomed the challenge, and showed the Storm how hard they work at and love this game.
“Last year, we got to play in the Moda Center. This year, we got to play a team from Canada and see a different style and culture,” said Camas High School senior Trevor Jasinsky. “It’s just another experience that’s going to make us better. This is something we are going to remember for a lifetime.”
Camas defeated Southridge 56-40. Jasinsky delivered 14 of his 21 points in the first half. He started the game off with a 3-pointer, stole the ball on defense and slammed it into the net. Jasinsky added another three, dunk and several lay ups.
The Papermakers had a tough time driving the lanes with 6-foot, 7-inch Hunter Hughes defending the paint. He combined several blocks with 3-pointers throughout the game. The Storm had seven players who stood above 6 feet.
“They had some size and skilled players,” Jasinsky said. “We showed them how Camas basketball always plays. When we pass the ball well and get everybody involved, we are a fun team to watch.”
Jordan Anderson nailed two 3-pointers on the way to 14 points. Jayce Allen added six points off the bench. Matt Murphy, Cam Vega, Jake Hansel, Bryan Nguyen, Brock Fielding, Alex Glikbarg and Andre De Los Rios also scored baskets for the Papermakers.
“It’s cool to play a team we have never seen before. You don’t know what to expect,” Anderson said. “I’m glad we were able to get a good lead on them and give the younger guys an opportunity to come in and get some playing time. It was a good experience for all of us.”
Camas needed to bounce back after losing to Battle Ground by a point the night before. Andrej Besara nailed the game-winning 3-pointer with three seconds left on the clock.
The Papermakers brought more passion to the court Wednesday. They got right back out there against an unknown team from a different country and had some fun.
“It was a good rebound game for us,” said head coach Skyler Gillispie. “It’s hard to come back from an emotional game and play tough, so I’m happy about that.”
Camas heads to Heritage tonight and Skyview Friday. The boys will follow the girls’ games, which start at 5:30 p.m. tonight and 6 p.m. Friday.
“This is such a balanced league. Teams are going to beat each other up,” Gillispie said. “I think we all focused on getting better each and every week, and playing our best basketball in the playoffs. We definitely want to be one of those teams fighting until the very end.”