Toney said with the thin Magic’s Meeks undergoes foot surgery, out indefinitely | NBA.com rosterdue to sickness and injury came opportunity for the reserves. “We talk to the guys and tell them at some point they’re going to get a chance,” Toney said. “When that chance comes, they have to take advantage of it, and those guys did that. It was good to see those guys prepared even though they haven’t played a lot.” Keishon Dawkins, the West Linn forward who transferred from Tigard over the summer, was predictably met with jeers and chants by the Tigard student section. The students cheered loudly every shot Dawkins missed and every foul he committed, but in the end, Dawkins got the last laugh. He had a tough night shooting, but still scored 11 points and had eight rebounds. He finished with four field goals and was 3 for 5 from the free throw line (the miss was an air ball, which drew the biggest roar from the Tigard students), but Toney was particularly impressed with Dawkins’ maturity. Dawkins was leading a fastbreak and was fouled hard on his way to the rim by Tigard’s Daniel Jones. The play drew an intentional foul call and sent Dawkins spinning to the floor in a heap, but the 6-foot-6 junior calmly walked to the line to shoot his free throws with no emotional response — much to the delight of Toney. Toney knew it would be a tough evening in that regard, and he made sure the whole team was on board with helping Dawkins get through it. my latest blog post“The goal was to just keep emotions in check,” Toney said.
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