Our guys worked extremely hard, we thought well enough to win the game. We just made mental mistakes sometimes. Our effort was 100 percent and our mental game was probably 90 percent, but that's okay. Most teams will play 70 to 80 percent of both those.
It was really a dull, walk-the-ball-up-and-down-the-floor kind of game. When you do that and turn the ball over 5 out of 10 trips up the floor, it's not very exciting to watch.
We didn't make real good decisions down the stretch. We tried to force the ball. But defensively, Corvallis made plays. That's what you've got to do when you're down going into the fourth quarter.
The refs decided to let the kids make the plays down the stretch. We're not going to dwell on (the apparent non-calls), and the refs probably took the right approach (to the end of the game).
Any time you go to Central Oregon, you aren't terribly unhappy with a split. What we are disappointed with is that we worked hard all year to win a league championship, and we may have lost that (with the loss to Redmond).
We had about a three-week stretch where we weren't playing very well at all. We thought we played well enough to beat Crook County, and it didn't work out, but we're playing better. We just need to bottle the passion we play with against Pendleton and use it in the rest of our games.
These seniors knew that we expected two things from them commitment and team-first (attitude). These underclassmen know from watching the seniors.
This is the first off-season where I look ahead and feel real comfortable that we'll be good next season.