SALEM, Ore. - With the help of 30 made free throws Corban was able to overcome a 12-point, first-half deficit on its way to an 84-81 nonconference victory over Linfield Tuesday evening at C.E. Jeffers Sports Center.
The Warriors stayed undefeated by constantly attacking the basket. Corban (6-0) took advantage 26 Linfield fouls, as the Warriors made 30-of-37 free throw attempts. The Wildcats were less successful at the line, knocking down just 10-of-20 free throws.
Early on it was all Linfield. The Wildcats raced out to a 41-29 advantage on a Josh Rodreguez 3-pointer at the 4:30 mark of the half. After seeing their lead dip to six, a 3-pointer from Zach Spencer gave the ‘Cats a nine-point lead going into the break.
Linfield’s bench players came up big in the first half, as the Wildcats’ bench outscored the Warriors’ bench play 19-4. The ‘Cats also benefitted from 12 points off turnovers.
Corban responded with a 14-4 to start the second half, taking a 51-50 advantage on a Jonathan Ramirez layup with 15:47 remaining. It would be a lead that the Warriors would never relinquish the rest of the way.
Ian Logan extended the lead to 73-65 at the 6:00 mark of the second half. The eight-point edge was nearly erased after Linfield rallied off an 8-1 run. K.C. Wiser scored six of his game-high 22 points during the stretch.
A Ryan Lobdell jumper cut the deficit to one with just 34 seconds remaining. Unfortunately for Linfield, Corban took care of business at the foul line, knocking down all four of its free throw attempts during the final 27 seconds.
The Warriors had a balanced offensive attack, with all five starters scoring in double figures. Erik Cronrath and Logan each scored 18 points apiece. Logan added 10 rebounds while Cronrath made 12-of-12 free throws.
Keene, Ramirez and Jordan Carter all scored in double figures. The Warriors shot 43.1 percent from the floor.
Sergio Rosario scored 16 points for the ‘Cats on 5-of-17 shooting. Lobdell chipped in with 12 points and four steals.
NEXT: Linfield (1-1) returns to action Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. home game against Evergreen.
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