Riley Bradshaw Leads Blue Devils Back to State

1 03 2011

The fearsome duo of junior guard Riley Bradshaw (left) and senior guard Rodee Anderson (right) return to the State A Tournament.

 

March 1, 2011

The term “career performance” is not a light phrase when it comes to the talented play of Corvallis’ Riley Bradshaw: but the junior point guard will be hard-pressed to find better days than he had last night.

With a state tournament berth on the line, Bradshaw lit up the court for 41 points en route to Corvallis’ 71-56 win over Stevensville.  He was 6-7 from beyond the arc and 11-13 at the charity stripe.

The Yellowjackets meanwhile went just 5-22 from three as a team and thus played in their final game of the season.  Josh Schultz led Stevi scorers with 19 in the contest.

The Blue Devils take the #2 seed from the Southwest into Butte this week for the Class A State Tournament.  The road goes uphill for the Devils who will face the defending State Champion Laurel Locomotives at 2:00 PM Thursday in the first round.

Having covered Corvallis very closely this season, the Blue Devils have a definite chance to beat anybody and everybody at State.  Stevi is a very talented team, but despite double-teaming Bradshaw nearly every possession he still found 41 points last night.  Couple Bradshaw with the quickness and perimeter shooting that Rodee Anderson brings to the table and you have nearly unstoppable guard play.

However Corvallis lacks a solid post presence, and that is a very large ‘Achilles heel’ to have.  Their posts fight hard and know their roles, but they are undersized against nearly every team Corvallis faces.

If the opposition allows Corvallis to execute their high tempo fast-break attack then their chances of keeping up offensively are slim to none.  However if they focus on their transition defense and force the Devils to slow it down, they’ll have a chance.  The biggest key will be rebounding: between Corvallis being undersized and their lights-out shooting, the opposition will need to utilize size advantage to limit the number of Corvallis possessions.  Because if you give the Bradshaw-Anderson duo enough touches… they will beat you.

Riley Bradshaw and Rodee Anderson Highlights