January 18, 2019 Toledo, OR – In varsity boys basketball action the Toledo Boomers hosted and defeated the Gold Beach Panthers 90-33.
This Toledo team is one of the best basketball teams I have seen in the last seven years. They are smooth, have great court awareness, play as a unit, and they have the fundamentals figured out. Basically, they have basketball smarts. As a spectator they are fun to watch and if I didn’t get in to their games free, I would gladly pay twice the entry fee.
The Boomers sit atop the 2A-4 Sunset Conference with an overall record of 15-0 and in league they are 4-0. Gold Beach took the court sitting at the bottom of the same conference with a league record of 0-3 and an overall record of 5-10.
This game could be deemed a foregone conclusion but, until the final buzzer has sounded, all teams have a chance to win.
The talent on the Toledo team is very deep. When it comes to the starting five it’s like a one, two, three, four, five, punch. And they also have a strong bench that is ready and eager to take the court when asked.
Now, Gold Beach has talent on the team but, when you are facing a team that is so well versed in the this game of basketball, your chances of success are limited. I admire the determination of the Panthers and they never gave up even once the game was out of their reach.
Up next for Toledo is a Monday, Jaunary 21 non-league game against 3A Dayton (4-0, 14-4). The game will be held at Corban University that is part of the MLK Showcase. Game time is set for 8:15. My guess is these teams will put on a great show for a packed house. Get there early to get a good seat.
Gold Beach will be at home against Myrtle Point (1-4, 4-13) Tuesday, January 22. Game time is set for 7.
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