Already eliminated from playoffs contention, the Lane men’s basketball team had a chance to play spoiler when the Titans took on the Chemeketa Community College Storm on Feb. 22 in Salem.
The Storm entered the game locked in a fourth-place tie with the Mount Hood Community College Saints, and needed a win over the Titans to keep their playoffs hopes alive.
Lane gave their best punch, and Titans sophomores Alex Sattley and Zach Kirschbaum delivered two of their strongest performances of the season, combining to score 56 points.
However, Chemeketa sophomore guard Bryce White proved too much to handle, and the Titans fell short in a 98-85 loss in their last game of the season.
“He’s a Division I player, there’s no doubt about it. The rumors are that he’s probably going to go (Divison I) after this year,” Lane head coach Bruce Chavka said.
White, who leads the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges South Region in scoring at 27.81 points per-game, exploded for 32 points on 11-of-12 shooting, along with eight rebounds.
White led five Chemeketa players in double-figure scoring, and the Storm received 52 points from bench players, as opposed to just four from the Titans’ bench.
Kirschbaum scored 30 points on 12-of-18 shooting and Sattley contributed 26 points and shot 10-of-20. It was each player’s last game in a Titans uniform.
“We just figured it was the last game of the season, so we just gave it everything we had,” Kirschbaum said. “It definitely helps when (Sattley) scores like that. It made it a lot easier for me.”
Freshman forward Dale Baker added 16 points and six boards, and freshman point guard Dyrall Goods chipped in nine points.
The Titans end the season 12-16 overall, with a 5-9 record in NWAACC South Region play.