COOS BAY — A roar sounded from the Southwestern Oregon Community College Lakers locker room. The players were excited, clearly, about what they just did.
They outlasted a talented Lane Community College team 108-106 in overtime on Wednesday at Speasl Court behind 31 points and 10 rebounds from Steven Price, downing their rival despite a nearly overwhelming offensive display from the visiting Titans to stay perfect at home.
“It’s a big win,” Price said. “That’s our rival. That’s who we’ve been looking forward to the entire season.”
“That was a really intense game,” SWOCC coach Trevor Hoppe added. “Just so happy for ‘em and pleased at how they kept stepping up and accepting challenges.”
The Titans came out firing early. Keaton McCay and Keiron Goodwin combined for 39 points for Lane in the first half as the Titans took a 50-41 lead at halftime.
It could’ve been more. Lane held the game’s largest lead of 13 points at 45-32 with 2:41 to go in the half. But SWOCC chipped away to go down in the half by nine, which proved to be close enough.
In the second half, SWOCC came charging. It started closing out harder on 3-point attempts and nearly took them away from Lane in the second half. After allowing seven deep balls in the first half, the Lakers only gave up a single made 3 in the second half and overtime.
Meanwhile, Price got hot. After scoring 11 points in the first half with a versatile inside-outside game, Price went to work down low. He scored 20 points in the second half and grabbed seven of his 10 boards then, as well.
“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Price said of seeing the ball go in the basket consistently.
But Lane wasn’t going away. SWOCC took its first lead when Jacob Bingham hit a 3-pointer, was fouled and made the free throw to give the Lakers a 78-77 lead with 7:35 to go in regulation. It was part of an 11-4 run, that also included a Chase Berry three-point play that put SWOCC up 85-79 with five minutes to play.
But the athletic dribble drives of Lane were nearly unguardable. After scoring just six points in the first half, Tre’Var Holland started relentlessly driving to the basket and picking up fouls. He finished the game with 30 points, and 15 of them came from the free throw line in the second half and overtime. He fouled out in overtime, which took away a major Lane option down the stretch.
“They hit some tough, tough shots. Some tough 3s and some tough drives,” Hoppe said. “Both teams shot 50 percent. I mean, both teams, 50 percent. You just gotta go, ‘Wow, that was great defense and it was great offense and just keep battling.’”
Using Holland’s drives and Goodwin’s supreme offensive skill, Lane managed to score baskets just about every time down as regulation closed. The only person not named Holland or Goodwin to score for Lane in the last 25 minutes of basketball was Patrick Goddard, who hit two free throws in overtime. Otherwise, Holland and Goodwin were Lane’s second-half offense. Goodwin led all scorers with 42 on 17-of-27 shooting.
It was Holland’s three-point play with 7.5 seconds left that sent the game to overtime, and it was Holland who did it again with 4:13 to go in overtime to give Lane a 100-98 lead.
It was the Titans’ last advantage.
Skylar Bradford hit a layup with 3:24 to tie at 100, then Jacob Bingham, who didn’t score in the first half, hit a 3 to give SWOCC a 103-100 lead. Price added to the lead with a pair of free throws to make it 105-100 Goddard’s foul shots cut it to 105-103 with 41 ticks left.
Moses Miller hit three free throws down the stretch to offset a Goodwin fall-away jumper and SWOCC held on as McKay’s last-second 3-pointer went long.
For the Lakers, Wednesday’s win is an achievement of a goal set before the season: to get Lane. Now Hoppe can say, “See? I told you we can do it.”
“We’re gonna look at it and go, ‘Look how tough this game was and we survived it. We can do this,’” Hoppe said. “We can build on this.”
SWOCC hosts Clark on Saturday at 4 p.m.