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St. Mary’s season comes to end at Dayton

DAYTON — The defending Class 3A state champions had an axe to grind, St. Mary’s found itself in the crosshairs, and the result was a boys basketball blowout Saturday.

A week removed from a rare second straight loss, the highly motivated Dayton Pirates outscored St. Mary’s 29-3 in the second quarter en route to a 75-29 rout in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs at Dayton High School.

The win advanced the second-seeded Pirates to the eight-team 3A state tournament at Marshfield and North Bend High Schools, while the Crusaders saw their season come to an end with a final record of 13-13.

“The biggest thing is, we started off playing pretty well but could not make a shot,” St. Mary’s head coach Kevin Dixon said. “In the second quarter they just made everything. They are very good defensively, and not only that they shoot the ball tremendously.”

St. Mary’s showed some fight in the early going. After falling behind 10-0, the Crusaders crawled back to within 15-7.

Then, Dixon said, “the wheels just came off.”

“They got out and ran,” he said. “We had 14 turnovers in the first half and that just killed us. They are by far the best defensive team we’ve played.”

Jakab Bowling scored 15 points, Gabe Mayer added six and Trevahn Foster had four points and five rebounds for the Crusaders, who won eight of nine games late in the season to take some momentum into the postseason.

Dawson Ashley scored 15 points, Tanner Lewis 13 and Jaysen Howard 12 to lead Dayton (24-3), which had won 14 straight before losing to Santiam Christian and Horizon Christian in back-to-back games.

The Pirates will play 10th-seeded Oregon Episcopal in the 3A quarterfinals Thursday at Marshfield High. The winner of that game will play either third-seeded Santiam Christian or sixth-seeded Cascade Christian in the state semifinals the following day.

ST. MARY’S (29): Zhen 0, Miles 0, Mayer 6, Sternenberg 1, Grant 2, Rajagopal 0, Silsbee 1, Snyder 0, Hadley 0, Bowling 15, Foster 4. Totals: 10 4-9 29.

DAYTON (75): Nowlin 7, Findley 6, Ja. Morales 4, Fergus 2, West 6, Hamilton 1, Lewis 13, Howard 12, Brodeur 2, Garrison 5, Ashley 15, Ju. Morales 2. Totals: 30 9-13 75.

St. Mary’s;7;3;8;11;—;29

Dayton;15;29;14;17;—;75

3-point goals — St. Mary’s 5 (Bowling 3, Mayer 2), Dayton 6 (West 2, Lewis 1, Ashley 2, Nowlin 1).