Posted On: 02/12/18 12:43 AM
“Don’t allow slippage, don’t cut corners, don’t take shortcuts”
Coming off their first loss of the season Head Coach Marc Roche wouldn’t allow his #1 ranked Banks Braves to lose focus. For the Braves it’s been their defense that’s allowed them to reach their well deserved top spot. In search of their first ever league title, Banks is holding teams to an incredible 32% from the field and allowing opponents to score only 42.8 points per game.
Admittedly the league title is on their minds, however Roche has been here before and won’t allow his guys to look past the next game, “our biggest game of the year is Friday right now, we have to win at Scappoose.”
And win they did. Banks wasted no time in jumping out early against Scappoose and they never looked back. Led by Junior Blake Gobel and Senior Dalton Renne the Braves coasted to a 67-35 road victory. The 6’7” Gobel led all scorers with 18 points while relentlessly crashing the glass for 12 rebounds and adding 3 blocked shots.
One of his greatest strengths is his ability to find open guys, “creating offense, drawing doubles, finding guys, he trusts his guys to finish shots.” Roche commented.
Early Friday night Renne looked to get other guys involved as he finished the first quarter with 3 assists while only attempting 3 shots in the entire first half.
The second half was a different story as Renne came out in complete attack mode. After scoring only 2 points in the first half, Renne dominated the second half; going 7-11 from the field with 14 points. For the game Renne finished with 16 points on 8 of 14 shooting. He filled the stat sheet by adding 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the game.
The first thing that jumps out about Renne is his ability to score the basketball. His range extends out to 22 feet but he’s really dangerous when he’s attacking as he can finish in multiple ways around the basket. Despite his thin frame he finishes well against contact.
When Renne is active on both ends of the floor he elevates himself about everyone else. His length and IQ are enough to be disruptive on defense. He has the athleticism and size to rebound it and lead the team in transition. He has the decision making ability and vision to set guys up both in the half court and on the break. As Roche explains, “It’s a matter of him being totally engaged that makes the difference, his motor, his endurance, because when he’s engaged, fully engaged, it’s scary, that’s when he’s on a completely different level.”
As he continues to try to find the perfect balance of being both a scorer and distributor there are times when Renne can be too passive as he “let’s teams off the hook.” Both Roche and Renne have identified ball handling and defense as key skills to improve on for the next level. While physically Renne will be focusing on his strength and endurance in his preparation for college.
For the season Renne is averaging 17.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 2 steals. On the year he is shooting 47% overall and 29% from three. As of right now Pacific Lutheran, George Fox, and several other Division III, NAIA, and JC’s are recruiting Renne.