The Lane men’s basketball team may have salvaged its season during the second week of regional play.
After suffering a five-game losing streak that stretched all the way back to Dec. 22, the Titans hopped back on a winning track with a Jan. 8 home victory over South Umpqua Community College.
Lane took down the Riverhawks 96-90 in a back-and-forth affair in which the Titans went 15-of-16 from the free-throw line to seal the victory.
“That was crazy. We needed that so bad,” Titans coach Bruce Chavka said after the win. “We grinded it out. We got a six-point win and still really didn’t guard anybody, but (we’re) grateful for the win.”
Alex Sattley led the Titans with a season-high 34 points in a near-perfect shooting performance. The sophomore guard went 10-of-12 from the field and 12-of-12 from the free throw line.
“I was very tired of losing,” Sattley said. “I was just like, ‘I’m going to make sure this doesn’t happen again.’”
Three days later, the Titans headed to Gresham for a matchup with the Mt. Hood Community College Saints.
The Saints, ranked fifth in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, were ranked first for most of the preseason.
Although the Saints defeated the Titans 76-63, Chavka believes the game may be a turning point for his team.
“Even though it was a loss, I felt like we got a lot better and we grew,” Chavka said. “If we had come out with this kind of effort against Umpqua, we would have won by 20.”
The Titans were within four points of the Saints with 3 minutes, 30 seconds to go, but lost control of the game after turnovers on back-to-back possessions.
“There were three noticeable times during the game where we fought through. We didn’t get down. We didn’t panic,” Chavka said. “Three different times, we played through adversity and found ways to get back in the game.”