Stick to the plan.
It's a theme that has served Atwater High's Jguwon Hogges well, particularly during his basketball career at Oregon Tech.
Hogges, a former Modesto Junior College athlete and junior at the technical college in Portland, said the Owls were able to win the NAIA Division II championship Tuesday by not doing anything extravagant.
"We did what we could," Hogges said Thursday. "We didn't try to go outside the box or do anything ridiculous. We played the way Coach wanted us to."
Hogges was named to the all-tournament team after No. 11 Oregon Tech defeated No. 1 Bellevue 63-56 in Point Lookout, Mo.
It was a particularly satisfying run for Hogges, who redshirted last season, working out with the team but not suiting up.
Hogges said he would have battled two All-Americans for playing time last season. Even after coach Danny Miles approached him just before the season about coming off the bench, Hogges insisted on staying with the plan they had laid out.
"The team was good without me," Hogges said. "I just would have been more depth in emergency situations. We talked about me getting in tune with my shot, switching from point guard to off wing, learning the system. That's what the redshirt year was for. I'm glad I did it."
Hogges scored 14 points in the title game, including a 3-pointer with 3:23 to play and two free throws with 16.4 seconds left.
"It wasn't like we were counting ourselves out, but there were a lot of good teams in the tournament," he said. "After we won the first game, it pretty much opened our eyes that we were just as good as any team there.
"Coach always told us, after the first game the tournament was going to whoever gets hot. We got hot."
A parade and dinner were held in the team's honor Thursday on campus. The rings will be ordered and the banner hung as Hogges, a civil engineering major, attacks his next goal.
He set two school records in track and field last year -- in the 200 and 400 meters -- helped set 4x100 and 4x400 relay fast times and is close to the top 100 mark. He also competes in the 800, high jump, triple jump and long jump.
Next year he plans to play baseball in the spring, something he hasn't done since his junior year at Atwater. Being a national champ, Hogges said, made him feel giddy like a kid in a candy store.
"The only way to do it is humbly," Hogges said. "You can't say, 'Oh, it was all us doing this and this.' You've got to be humble about it. It's just one of those things that was kind of unexpected. It's amazing."