By Dan Trujillo
Camas High School basketball players, coaches and fans have been waiting months for the first league doubleheader of the season.
Papermaker basketball fans, young and old, came to The Warehouse Wednesday to see the next chapter in the Camas, Skyview rivalry.
“The crowd was awesome,” said senior Tre Carlisle. “I want that every game. Even louder.”
“Every time the band comes, they double the size of the crowd. And then when you add all the noise, it definitely changes the atmosphere,” said head boys coach Ryan Josephson.
The Camas boys rallied from 13 points down in the fourth quarter to get within two before time expired, but the Storm held on for a 53-51 victory to remain undefeated.
The Camas girls turned an 18-0 start into a 63-14 victory. The Papermakers held Skyview to just one field goal in the first half, and led 27-3 at the break. Hannah Booth, Haley Hanson, Brooklyn Pauscha and company hit a bunch of 3-pointers in the onslaught.
The boys game featured a series of scoring barrages by both teams. Camas jumped out to a 9-3 lead on threes by Ben Cooke and Carson Bonine. Skyview tied the score and then took an 8-point advantage.
The Papermakers reclaimed the lead before halftime. Jack Glikbarg ignited the offense with two threes, another basket and a foul shot for a 3-point play to make it 28-25 Camas.
“My brother told me, ‘If I wear his shoes, I have to shoot,'” Glikbarg said. “I was feeling good this game. It was fun.”
Glikbarg led the Papermakers with 13 points. He showed no fear attacking the basket, drawing fouls and clapping his hands together.
“That’s his trademark,” Carlisle said.
“He has an endless motor,” Josephson added. “It doesn’t matter if it’s the first quarter or the fourth quarter.”
Skyview had the momentum going into the fourth quarter. Slowly, Camas chipped away on baskets by Bonine, Carlisle and Glikbarg.
Down by three with 11 seconds left, the Papermakers took an open shot from behind the 3-point line, but the ball rolled in and out of the basket. The Storm increased their lead to five at the foul line. Cooke beat the buzzer with a final 3-pointer, but Camas still lost by two.
Josephson had some questions going into the final quarter. Did Skyview just get hot at the right time or was Camas giving up?
“The great thing is, our guys didn’t show that. They battled right to the end,” Josephson said. “That’s what I’ve known about these guys since they were sophomores. They have always had that resilience.”
Now, he’s curious to see how the Papermakers handle this adversity after winning their first eight games of the season.
“I hope this fuels their fire again, and reminds them that they are the dark horse in the league,” Josephson said. “They’re nobody’s league favorites. They have to show up every day, put in the work and battle to beat these teams.”
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