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Dallas’ Isaak Tichenor, center, goes in for a layup after taking the ball away from South Albany’s Brandon McKnight, left, and Jacobi Smith (32).
January 23, 2013
DALLAS -- As Isaak Tichenor gathered the ball, preparing to shoot yet another 3-pointer from the wing in the game's second quarter, a voice rang out in disbelief:
"No way," said a South Albany supporter during a Mid-Willamette Conference matchup Jan. 16.
Um, yes way.
The Dallas sophomore drilled that shot -- along with three other 3s -- to spark the Dragons to a first-half lead and the Dallas defense stepped up late to hold off a Rebels charge for a thrilling 68-66 victory.
Dallas dropped its MWC contest at Silverton Friday, 70-32.
Against South Albany, Tichenor, in a reserve role, scored a team-best 19 points -- 16 in the first half -- via a crisp 7-of-12 shooting performance.
"I was feeling pretty good and my teammates were getting me the ball, so it was a good first half," said Tichenor, who added three rebounds, a steal and an assist in his best game of the season.
It was a performance that both Tichenor's coaches and teammates knew the sophomore was capable of.
"I knew he can do that," teammate Hayden Broadus said. "He does it all the time in practice."
Out of the break, though, Tichenor's shooting, at least from the outside, cooled, while South Albany's heated up.
Dallas’ Hayden Broadus (24) scored 12 points and pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds to help Dallas hold off South Albany Jan. 15.
The Rebels, who drained 10 3s in the game, outscored Dallas 24-11 in the third quarter to take a 53-49 lead heading into the final frame.
With six minutes to play, the Dragons saw themselves facing a nine-point deficit.
That's when senior Jon Richey did what he always does -- fueled his squad with some inspirational words.
"He was like, `Guys, come on, this is a man's game,'" Broadus said. "He kept telling us how we needed to be men ... we just stepped up on defense, got some big boards and made some big free throws."
Broadus must have taken Richey's message to heart, as the 6-foot-5 forward finished the game with 15 rebounds -- five of them offensive -- and 12 points.
He drilled all six of his free-throw attempts, including two with less than 3 minutes to play that pulled the Dragons within a point.
Tyler Sommerfeldt (11 points) came up with a key offensive board and putback with 22 seconds left to give Dallas (5-7, 2-3 MWC after Tuesday's 59-38 loss to West Albany) a one-point lead and Tichenor hit one of two free throws and the defense held on -- amid three missed Rebels shot attempts -- to seal it.
"We worked together and we got the win, that's all that matters," Tichenor added.
"I felt like with all these people here (watching us), that (South Albany) was a team we had to beat," Broadus said. "(Coach) Schwartz kept talking about goals and how we have to beat these guys. It was a home game and we just had to win."
Richey finished the game with nine points and five rebounds for Dallas in the win over South Albany.
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