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EUGENE — Eagle Point's record-breaking season came to a close Friday morning as Wilsonville defeated the Eagles 52-45 in the consolation bracket of the Class 5A boys basketball tournament.
The Wildcats (20-7), who play Sherwood today in the consolation finals, hit 25 of their 26 free throws against Eagle Point at Matthew Knight Arena.
Jorge Quintero led the Eagles (21-5) with 21 points and Cesar Chavez added 17 points, five assists and six steals, but the Southern Oregon Hybrid champions, whose win total this season is a school record, were outscored 28-16 in the second half after leading 29-24 at halftime.
"They're a great team that's very disciplined, runs their offense, and takes good, quality shots," Chavez said about Wilsonville. "We had a great season; it's the most wins we've had in years. It would have been nice to win a game here, but "¦ we weren't hitting shots in the second half."
After going 11-for-25 from the field in the first half (44 percent), Eagle Point made just 8 of 25 field goal attempts after the break (32 percent).
The Eagles led 41-38 with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, but the Wildcats closed out the game on a 14-4 run.
"To come back, down at half against a team that good with a bunch of young kids is pretty impressive," said Wilsonville coach Chris Roche, who started three sophomores and a freshman Friday. "We wanted to attack, do all that we could to get to the rim and shoot a good percentage and we did that."
Freshman Zach Reichle led a balanced Wildcat offense with 14 points, eight of which came from the foul line. Tyler Hieb added 13 points and Sam Bullock chipped in 10.
Wilsonville was 12-for-12 from the free-throw line in the second half, including an 8-for-8 stretch in the final 2 minutes, 3 seconds.
"They make their free throws, that's the bottom line," Eagles coach Bryan Wood said. "The difference for us, and it's been this way all year, is when we make shots, we win. "¦ In the second half, the same shots we were making in the first half, we didn't make."
The loss capped the career of nine Eagle Point seniors, who helped the Eagles reach the state playoffs each of the last three years and the state tournament's final site two of the past three seasons.
Before that, the last Eagle Point team to make the finals site was in 1979.
"(This program) hadn't had a lot success and these kids said, 'We're going to change that,'" said Wood, who took the Eagles' head coaching job three years ago. "It didn't end the way we wanted it to, but they're incredible kids. They work so hard, we haven't had a bad day of practice in three years."
"They have been a tremendous blessing, " Wood added, "and made this one of the greatest jobs I've ever had."
Zach Reichle 3-7 8-8 14, Tyler Hieb 5-7 2-2 13, Sam Bullock 1-5 8-8 10, Tyler Martin 2-3 4-4 8, Jack McNulty 2-3 3-4 7, Harrison Steiger 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 13-25 25-26 52.
EAGLE POINT (21-5)
Jorge Quintero 8-18 2-2 21, Cesar Chavez 8-22 1-2 17, Lucas Morris 1-2 0-0 3; Austin Holmes 1-1 0-0 2, Peyton Dole 1-1 0-0 2, Bryson Baker 0-0 0-0 0, Kramer Edwards 0-1 0-0 0, David Barber 0-5 0-0 0. Totals: 19-50 3-4 45.
Wilsonville 12 12 14 14 — 52
Eagle Point 11 18 8 8 — 45
3-point goals — Wilsonville 1-6 (Tyler Hieb 1-1, Sam Bullock 0-1, Zach Reichle 0-4), Eagle Point 4-17 (Jorge Quintero 3-9, Lucas Morris 1-2, David Barber 0-2, Cesar Chavez 0-4). Fouled out — Holmes. Rebounds — Wilsonville 27 (Zach Reichle 7), Eagle Point 17 (David Barber 4). Assists — Wilsonville 7 (Sam Bullock 4), Eagle Point 5 (Cesar Chavez 5). Total fouls — Wilsonville 10, Eagle Point 19.