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    Benson pulls away from Eagle Point

    Pressure by Techmen takes a toll on Eagles
  • EUGENE — Eagle Point head coach Bryan Wood knew Benson's athleticism would be tough to contain, and there's no doubt it lived up to his expectations as the Eagles fell 69-39 in the Class 5A state quarterfinals Thursday night at Matthew Knight Arena on the University of Oregon campus.

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  • EUGENE — Eagle Point head coach Bryan Wood knew Benson's athleticism would be tough to contain, and there's no doubt it lived up to his expectations as the Eagles fell 69-39 in the Class 5A state quarterfinals Thursday night at Matthew Knight Arena on the University of Oregon campus.
    With the loss, Eagle Point (17-10) moves into the consolation bracket and will face third-seeded Silverton — which lost to defending state champion Corvallis by 19 points earlier Thursday — at 10:45 a.m. today.
    Benson (24-2), of Portland, and Corvallis will meet in a rematch of last year's state title game tonight at 8:15.
    "We obviously didn't handle their pressure," first-year head coach Bryan Wood said. "They took us out of what we wanted to do offensively and they got the loose balls and they got the rebounds and we didn't."
    The fast pace played to Benson's advantage from the outset. After exchanging baskets throughout most of the first quarter, the Techmen closed out the opening period on an 8-0 run to take an 18-10 lead.
    With Eagle Point's size advantage in the half court, Benson quickly went to its smothering full-court trap in the second quarter. Eagle Point senior Tyrone Holmes knocked down an early jump hook to cut the deficit to six, and then Benson's Bryce White scored eight straight points to extend the lead to 28-13.
    The 6-foot-5 senior forward scored 10 of Benson's 15 points in the second quarter, and assisted on Jazz Johnson's 3-pointer that gave the Techmen a 33-18 lead at halftime. White finished with 27 points, making 13 of 16 free throws, and also grabbed seven rebounds. In three playoff games, White has recorded 75 points for Benson.
    "Offensively, I think he made a big difference for them," Wood said. "Defensively, their guards really just put a lot of pressure on us and really disrupted what we wanted to do. We weren't able to run our stuff."
    It was a highly defensive contest after intermission with neither team scoring in the first 2:57 of the third period. Johnson eventually broke the scoreless streak with a floater in the lane to get things going.
    Holmes scored all eight of the Eagles' points in the third as Benson's lead grew to 45-26 by period's end.
    With both teams in the double bonus by that point, Eagle Point was unable to build enough momentum to mount a comeback as the Techmen cruised to their 23rd straight victory — the fourth straight by 20 points or more.
    "We came out and we weren't ready to play," said Holmes, who paced Eagle Point with 24 points and 13 rebounds. "It was our first time up here, they're experienced, they've been up here before and it was just a big difference and we weren't ready for it. We've played teams like them, we just didn't play our game tonight."
    The Eagles shot just 27.5 percent from the floor (11-for-40) against Benson's 37.1 percent (23-for-62) and were outrebounded 46-33.
    Eagle Point also missed nine of its 10 3-pointers and committed 18 turnovers.
    EAGLE POINT (39) — T. Holmes 7-16 10-14 24, Bolston 3-8 2-2 9, Reed 1-4 1-7 3, Chavez 0-1 2-4 2, Quintero 0-1 1-2 1, Zerger 0-0 0-0 0, James 0-0 0-0 0, Snow 0-8 0-0 0, A. Holmes 0-0 0-0 0, DeLange 0-2 0-0 0, Flores 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 11-40 16-29 39.
    BENSON (69) — White 7-15 13-16 27, Johnson 4-12 3-4 12, Ewell 4-7 0-0 8, Norman 2-8 2-7 6, Smith 3-6 0-1 6, Rhodes 1-3 1-1 3, Adolphson 0-1 2-4 2, Bosco 1-2 0-0 2, Thompson 1-7 0-0 2, Hollis 0-1 1-2 1, Wilkinson 0-0 0-0 0, Richards 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 23-62 22-35 69.
    Eagle Point 10 8 8 13 — 39
    Benson 18 15 12 24 — 69
    3-point goals — Eagle Point 1-10 (Bolston 1-2, Chavez 0-1, Quintero 0-1, Snow 0-6), Benson 1-3 (Johnson 1-2, Thompson 0-1). Fouled out — Reed. Rebounds — Eagle Point 33 (T. Holmes 13), Benson 46 (Ewell 8). Assists — Eagle Point 7 (Chavez 5), Benson 8 (Thompson 3). Total fouls — Eagle Point 25, Benson 26. Technical fouls — Eagle Point team 2.
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