PORTLAND – A non-league encounter against a traditionally strong Jefferson basketball program posed a new, unknown challenge for Camas.
By the end of Friday’s game, there was no doubt the stationers had adopted him.
Camas became the aggressor in the Democrats’ home gym in a 20-3 run in the first quarter and led up to 30 points in a 79-51 victory.
“I was really happy with the intensity with which our players started the game,” said Camas head coach Ryan Josephson. “I was even pointing out to some of our players that they were right off the charts hitting the ground and chasing loose balls. This is the style we need to play to be successful defensively – total energy (and) aggression. “
Jace VanVoorhis led the Papermakers with 18 points, including seven in the fourth, but it looked like every quarter a different Camas player stepped up.
In the first, Stephen Behil scored eight of the Papermakers’ top 10 points. Josh Dabasinskas had eight consecutive points late in the first half to reach 14 points, and the Papermakers also received a boost from Carson Frawley (12 points) with a pair of top-flight dunks in a second. quarter of 26 points for Camas.
“There are a lot of good competitions here, and I know we are all looking for this competition,” said Frawley. “We like it.”
Camas was keen to venture out of Washington to fill the teams’ schedules at the start of the season.
The Papermakers football team have played each of their first four games this season against the Portland area teams.
Boys and girls basketball teams have often taken a similar approach in the winter.
“There are a lot of great teams across the river (Columbia),” said Josephson. “We could definitely travel across the state to try and play against some of the better teams, or we could jump across the river at 30 minutes and play against some Oregon giants… That’s the has been approaching for many years. Our athletic director (Rory Oster) always wants to schedule a tough competition for the league and hopefully the playoffs. “
The Demos, who have won nine state titles from the Oregon State Activities Association in their history, generally belong to this level of power.
This year is different, however, with first-year head coach Thomas Gardner replacing longtime coach Pat Strickland, and a young team that has seen four top-class students start against Camas.
Still, the Papermakers were encouraged with their game – particularly, the intensity and energy they brought from the opening point.
“Our energy was great,” said Dabasinskas. “Throughout the bench, right through the start of the game, our energy on the pitch, our energy on the bench really kept the momentum going. “
The Papermakers’ preseason tour of Portland continues on Saturday with a trip to the Moda Center to face Westview.
CAMAS 79, JEFFERSON 51
CAMAS – Luke Dizon 6, Matthew Chilian 5, Josh Dabasinskas 14, Jace VanVoorhis 18, Theo McMillan 2, Carson Frawley 12, Quentin Allen 2, Stephen Behil 13, Grady Milholen 2, Jamison Carlisle 7. Totals 32 (8) 7-13 79.
JEFFERSON – Brave Johnson 7, Preston Reid 8, Elijah Moaning 3, Kamari Ransom 3, DJ Johnson 7, Wyatt Krogh 0, D’ryus Dent 8, Marcus Shambly 4, Elijah Harden 0. Totals 17 (5) 10-15 51.
Camas 20 26 19 19—79
Jefferson 3 16 12 13—51
JV – Camas 54-41