Roseburg boys rely on experience to fight for state

Senior laden roster carries the load

Senior Collin Warmouth set the all-time RHS scoring record this season. photo by Aaron Yost

Senior Collin Warmouth set the all-time RHS scoring record this season. photo by Aaron Yost

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Roseburg’s boys basketball team entered the 2018-19 season with only mild expectations of an average season. Local writers and sports fans expected the team to go around 14-10 on the season. The team returned two starters and a total of eight seniors, so the group had the necessary experience to compete in the Southwest Conference. The team had two senior transfers in guard D’Angelo Adams and forward Storm Scott who added helpful size to the roster.

The Indians had the luxury of starting four seniors with All-Conference selection Collin Warmouth, lengthy Jonathan Stone, Kaden Seely, and Scott, who was a starter for Mountain View last season, alongside junior wing Jett Black. Roseburg opened the season on a tear, going 9-1 for their best set of ten games in over a decade. The team reeled off road wins at Eagle Point, Ashland, Corvallis, and Centennial. They capped off their hot start by going 2-1 at the Abby’s Holiday Classic, placing second at the event.

Following the tournament, Scott was removed from the team for a violation of team rules. The change in the roster would drastically affect the Indians rotation. Scott was averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds per contest in the post for Roseburg, allowing Jonathan Stone to move outside and get open 3-pointers and defend on the perimeter. Stone was then forced to sit out for five games with a partially dislocated kneecap. Roseburg was missing two major pieces of its frontcourt and lost a home game to McMinnville in the direct aftermath of the losses of Scott and Stone, the Indians lost four of their next seven, but managed to start league play 2-2 with wins coming against No. 10 South Eugene and Sheldon.

Roseburg currently sits at 12-6 and looks on pace for 15 wins and a playoff berth this season. The Tribe does have two contests with North medford, who blew past Roseburg 68-43 in the first meeting between the two teams in a non-league contest. Home wins against Grants Pass and South Medford along with a road win over Willamette, Sheldon, or South Eugene would firmly place Roseburg in the 2019 class 6A state tournament.

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