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Phoenix, HV bounce back, to meet for fourth

CORVALLIS — The first trip to the boys state basketball tournament since 1992 didn't start the way Phoenix would have liked.

But the Pirates have an opportunity to finish in style after Thursday's 60-49 victory over top-ranked La Grande in a consolation semifinal game at the eight-team Class 4A tournament at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.

Phoenix, which suffered a gut-wrenching, 70-66 defeat in overtime to Newport in the opener on Wednesday, will take on Skyline Conference foe Hidden Valley this morning at 10:45 in the fourth-place game.

The Pirates managed to put Wednesday's loss behind them and focus their attention on a La Grande team that has carried the state's No. 1 ranking for most of the season.

"It was an emotional game (Wednesday)," said Phoenix coach Brian Miller. "We sat and talked after the game and refocused the kids.

"It's pretty hard playing in the losers' bracket, having that early game after a tough loss. We didn't want to finish that way."

Senior point guard Andrew George scored 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting to lead Phoenix, while senior post Mike Shepherd added 15 points, Codey Barrett had 10 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, and Neil Emerson had four steals.

With Shepherd battling foul trouble, Phoenix also got big contributions off the bench from seniors Ryan Robinson and Kory Locken.

A change in defense from their customary man-to-man look to a zone approach also helped the Pirates.

"We changed it up a little because we had to," said Miller. "Mike got in foul trouble so we went almost all zone in the second half. We were able to slow the tempo down a bit — La Grande likes to get up and down the court — and we were able to extend on their 3-point shooters."

The Pirates (22-9) got off to a sluggish start, trailing 17-8 with one minute gone in the second quarter before closing the gap to 23-21 at the half.

Phoenix took the lead for good at 48-46 on a Barrett jumper with three minutes left in the contest.

La Grande, the Greater Oregon League champions, stayed close but George scored nine of the Pirates' final 12 points to seal the win.

Kevin Attila scored 17 points to lead La Grande (24-3), which gave up 17 offensive boards and was outrebounded 42-25.

The Mustangs won two of the three games against Phoenix this season, including a 41-14 rout of the Pirates in the last matchup on Feb. 5.

"Throw out the playbook, throw out everything," said Miller. "They know what we do and we know what they do.

"We got embarrassed a little bit last time. We weren't at full strength, but now we are. Our kids like a challenge and this will be one."

PHOENIX (60) — Emerson 2-7 2-2 6, George 7-9 4-4 19, Workman 0-3 0-0 0, Barrett 5-8 0-0 10, Shepherd 5-15 5-6 15, Ralls 0-0 0-0 0, Robinson 1-4 3-4 5, Locken 1-5 3-3 5, Sauceda 0-0 0-0 0, Bohn 0-0 0-0 0, Crichton 0-0 0-0 0, Hendricks 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-51 17-19 60.

LA GRANDE (49) — McKague 4-13 0-0 9, A. Nice 2-8 0-0 5, Attila 4-12 1-2 13, Kevan 8-10 1-2 17, Gage 2-2 0-0 4, Z. Nice 0-1 0-2 0, Tooke 0-4 0-0 0, Boyd 0-0 1-2 1. Totals: 20-50 3-8 49.

Phoenix 8 13 17 22 —60

La Grande 15 8 13 13 —49

3-point goals — Phoenix 1-5 (Emerson 0-2, George 1-1, Barrett 0-1, Locken 0-1), La Grande 6-20 (McKague 1-8, A. Nice 1-3, Attila 4-9). Fouled out — Attila.

HIDDEN VALLEY 51, PHILOMATH 40 — Kyle Bleser scored 13 points and Earl Crawford added 11 points as Hidden Valley pulled away from Philomath to advance to the consolation final.

The Mustangs (23-5) had 16 assists on 17 field goals, with Saxon Gotfried's five helpers leading the way.

Philomath climbed as close as 37-34 early in the fourth quarter but Hidden Valley made all six free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter and nailed 14 of 16 from the foul line for the game.

PHILOMATH (40) — Sturner 6-12 2-4 14, Davis 4-9 0-4 9, Motter 3-4 0-0 7, Fisher 2-2 0-1 4, Haynes 1-2 0-0 2, Azizian 1-2 0-0 2, Straub 1-1 0-0 2, Murphree 0-0 0-0 0, Knudson 0-0 0-0 0, Whiteman 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas 0-1 0-0 0, Stephenson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 18-34 2-9 40.

HIDDEN VALLEY (51) — Bleser 3-3 5-5 13, Crawford 3-7 5-6 11, Gotfried 2-3 3-4 7, Porter 3-7 0-0 6, Armanino 2-2 0-0 5, Longo 2-2 1-1 5, Scott 2-2 0-0 4, Maynard 0-0 0-0 0, Suthan 0-0 0-0 0, Hayter 0-2 0-0 0, Kasler 0-0 0-0 0, Woodrum 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-28 14-16 51.

Philomath 9 9 14 8 —40

Hidden Valley 12 19 6 14 —51

3-point goals — Philomath 2-6 (Davis 1-2, Motter 1-1, Sturner 0-3), Hidden Valley 3-7 (Bleser 2-2, Armanino 1-1, Porter 0-3, Hayter 0-1). Fouled out — Sturner. Technical fouls — Sturner.

BROOKINGS-HARBOR 53, STAYTON 34 — Chase Bansemer had 17 points and four steals for No. 2 Brookings-Harbor in a win against Stayton.

Brookings-Harbor moves on to play in its first-ever championship game.

Brookings-Harbor (23-2) scored the first four points of the game and never trailed.

The Bruins had a 26-15 halftime advantage, and Stayton (15-13) didn't get closer than 13 after that.

Fred Corpening added 15 points and nine rebounds for Brookings-Harbor, which shot 23 of 45 from the field.

MARIST 67, NEWPORT 55 —At Corvallis, Marist held off a second-half Newport rally to pull away for a win.

David Berney had 30 points — including 20 points in the second half — for Marist of Eugene.

The third-ranked Spartans (24-4) will play Brookings-Harbor in the championship game.

Berney hit three 3-pointers in the first 2:20 of the third quarter, giving Marist a 36-25 lead. Marist later led by 13 before Newport made its run.

The Cubs opened the fourth quarter with a 9-2 to cut the deficit to 49-44 with 4:59 remaining. Newport closed within five twice more before Marist pulled away.

Dustin Waldron added 14 points for Marist.

Cole Skriver had 16 points and Jay Torland 13 for Newport (21-8).

Marist jumped out to a 16-2 lead behind seven points by Berney. Newport answered with the last eight of the first quarter.

Marist eventually built the lead back to 10 in the second quarter and led 25-18 at halftime.