Columbia Christian 70, Madison 58:
Kameron Chatman may have not played high school basketball in over two years, but that didn't stop the top 25 recruit who recently signed with Michigan from contributing 24 points and 14 rebounds in his debut for Class 1A Columbia Christian as the Knights took down Class 5A Madison 70-58.
"It feels good," said Chatman. "First time since basically freshman year, so it felt good. Just the high school atmosphere, the fans and all that. It feels good to get the win."
Kameron Chatman goes up for a lay in (Aubrey Wieber/The Oregonian)
Led by Chatman, the Knights got out to a quick double digit lead in the first quarter, leading 23-9 after the first quarter. Both teams struggled to get good looks offensively, but Columbia Christian got to the free throw line often in the first half to sustain the large lead. At the half, Madison trailed 45-26.
In the second half the Senators came out with a new found ferocity on defense, jumping the passing lanes and getting out in transition for easy buckets. The tough Madison defense was affective as the Knights were visibly frustrated, specifically Chatman who was frequently called for traveling and charging under the basket in the final quarter.
"It's a lot of fatigue, going and playing the whole game," Chatman said. "It's early in the season so we have a long time to work on that. I think we will get better throughout the season."
The tough Madison defense helped chip away at the large first half lead, but the 19 point halftime deficit was too large in the end. The Knights tightened up down the stretch and got back to the free throw line to ice the game.
Columbia Christian got the win over a 5A school, but without showing flaws. McKinney is well aware that there are areas for his team to improve upon.
"We knew that they were going to pick up their intensity and make their run," said McKinney. "But what we didn't do was stay poised. They were able to get back in the game, chip it down three here, a foul there. We just weren't playing smart basketball."
-- Aubrey Wieber | @aubreywieber