BOYS BASKETBALL: Eagles add to best start in 7 years
EAGLE POINT — When the ball got in the hands of either Brennen Neyt or Alejandro Redondo on Saturday, good things usually happened for the Eagle Point boys basketball team.
The senior duo of Neyt and Redondo each scored 21 points and led the way for Eagle Point in a 64-43 victory over Class 4A Mazama at the Eagles’ gym.
“They did a great job of staying within the offense,” Eagle Point head coach Ryan Marrs said of Neyt and Redondo. “They both shot pretty well from the floor. We didn’t shoot it very well overall as a team, but for the two of them, they were very selective with their shots and when they had the opening they stuck it.”
Eagle Point improved to 5-1 ahead of its Midwestern League opener on the road at Thurston (0-3) on Tuesday night. It’s the best start to a season the team has had since the 2014-15 campaign when the Eagles opened with five straight wins.
The Eagles were able to execute on both ends of the floor early on, building a 22-8 lead after the first quarter. Redondo played a big role in that, hitting three of his five 3-pointers in the opening period.
Neyt made a trio of 3-pointers as the duo accounted for all but one of the Eagles’ nine treys Saturday.
“We moved the ball really well on offense, going through our plays and being patient, taking shots we needed,” Marrs said. “On defense we got stops and that led to a few transition buckets. This was one of our better starts this season, which was good because we usually haven’t started games well so far this season.”
Eagle Point senior post Tommy Johnson pulled down eight rebounds, while Neyt had seven boards and senior Triston McGuire had six.
Junior Keegan McDonald led Mazama (2-4) with nine points.
MAZAMA (43): Hubble 4, Kindt 5, Anderson 0, Uiloa-Ford 0, Baker 0, Jeffrey 5, Hargrave 5, Yancey 8, McDonald 9, Worrell 5, Raebel 4. Totals: 17 9-18 43.
EAGLE POINT (64): Quintero 5, Smith 5, Dutton 3, Pierce 2, Neyt 21, Carlton 1, Johnson 4, McGuire 2, Redondo 21, Uribe 0. Totals: 25 2-4 64.
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3-point goals — Mazama 2 (Yancey 1, McDonald 1), Eagle Point 9 (Smith 1, Neyt 3, Redondo 5). Technical foul — Redondo.
JV result — Eagle Point won.
CRATER 76, HIDDEN VALLEY 36: At Central Point, seniors Colton Vranes and Tate Broesder each scored 16 points to lead the way for Crater in its final nonleague tuneup before Midwestern League play starts next week.
Sophomore Ty Dahlin added 14 points off the bench and hit a pair of 3-pointers for Crater (5-1), including a deep one from the left wing that capped a 16-3 run to put the Comets up 21-8 early in the second quarter.
The Comets led 38-15 at halftime before outscoring the Mustangs (1-4) 25-11 in the third quarter to pull away for good.
Daniel Iwamizu led Hidden Valley with 13 points, hitting three of the Mustangs’ eight 3-pointers.
HIDDEN VALLEY (36): Iwamizu 13, Stone 0, Alderman 12, Briety 0, Adams 0, Stever 9, Fiske 0, Klipfel 2, Kanott 0, Daily 0. Totals: 14 0-0 36.
CRATER (76): Acrey 4, Lasater 4, Vranes 16, Smith 6, Price 8, Idiart 2, Dutkiewicz 6, Grant 0, Dahlin 14, Higginson 0, Broesder 16, Whalen 0. Totals: 27 17-19 76.
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3-point goals — Hidden Valley 8 (Iwamizu 3, Alderman 2, Stever 3), Crater 5 (Vranes 1, Dutkiewicz 1, Dahlin 2, Broesder 1). Fouled out — Stone.
JV result — Crater won.