BOYS BASKETBALL: Eagle Point soars past North Bend
As they jumped back into Midwestern League play Friday night, the Eagle Point boys basketball team had hopes of making their second game of 2022 look a lot like the first.
Thanks to some early Alejandro Redondo 3-pointers and a dominant second quarter on both ends of the floor, the No. 7-ranked Eagles did just that.
Using a second quarter in which it outscored North Bend 19-4, Eagle Point
built a 24-point first-half lead and rolled to its eighth straight win, 71-20, over
the Bulldogs at the Eagles’ gym.
The Eagles led 38-14 at halftime and then 58-16 after three quarters, putting into effect a running clock for the final period of play.
“We knew that we wanted constant ball pressure against North Bend, so it was five guys pressuring five guys all night long,” Eagle Point head coach Ryan Marrs said. “We did do a man press most of the first half and into the third quarter and I think it just rattled (North Bend), created some easy turnovers, created some easy buckets. My boys, they know how to be very disciplined, very aggressive and they are very good 1-on-1 defenders overall.”
“It all starts at our practices,” he added. “It’s what we always start our practices with and it’s what our program is built on. It’s what we always preach to these boys, and tonight they went out there and they stayed disciplined on our schemes.”
A game that started with two teams combining for four straight turnovers quickly turned in the Eagles’ favor, with Redondo hitting 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to kick things into gear.
Then came the rest of the cavalry.
Eagle Point (9-1, 3-0 MWL) led by as many as 10 points in the first quarter, with Brennen Neyt’s left-handed dunk part of an old-school three-point play that helped the Eagles open the game on a 16-6 run.
“We’ve had some struggles with first quarters the last few games,” said Marrs, “so for the guys to see the ball go in (from Redondo) early in the first quarter I think that provided a nice spark for us on the offensive end the rest of the game. It lit their eyes up that there wasn’t a lid on the basket the rest of the first quarter.”
Neyt finished with a game-high 24 points and was one of six Eagles to hit at least one 3-pointer. Redondo and Peyton Pierce also finished in double figures with 10 points apiece.
Eagle Point senior Triston McGuire added four points, 11 rebounds and four steals, while fellow senior Tommy Johnson had five points, six rebounds, three assists and six steals.
“I think he did a better job tonight not settling for the 3-pointer,” Marrs said of Neyt. “He had some very open looks out there, but instead of popping it right away he looked to kick and then cut or he looked to beat his man off the dribble and then get to the rim. That’s how he was able to get to the free-throw line tonight.”
David Roberts led the way with six points for the Bulldogs (2-8, 0-2), who have lost four straight and been held under 40 points in three of those losses.
Eagle Point returns to the court Tuesday night when it faces Ashland (4-5, 1-1). The Eagles have not beaten the Grizzlies in nearly four years, with EP’s last win over Ashland coming on Jan. 23, 2018.
“I know my boys have a lot of confidence going into the heart of our conference schedule,” Marrs said. “They now know how to win basketball games, they know how to play together, they’ve started to play more consistent on the offensive end. We know we have some tough opponents coming — especially with Ashland on Tuesday night — but where our confidence is we feel like we can compete with anybody in this league right now.”
NORTH BEND (20): Jones 4, Forester 2, Padgett 2, Justice 0, Edera 0, Roberts 6, Rinderele 0, Wicks 2, Jackson 0, Flores 0, Wirth 2, Michelson 2. Totals: 9 1-7 20.
EAGLE POINT (71): Quintero 5, Smith 3, Dutton 6, Pierce 10, Neyt 24, Carlton 0, Johnson 5, McGuire 4, Redondo 10, Morgan 0, Uribe 4, Weaver 0. Totals: 23 19-25 71.
North Bend10424 — 20
Eagle Point19192013— 71
3-point goals — North Bend 1 (Roberts 1), Eagle Point 9 (Quintero 1, Smith 1, Dutton 1, Pierce 2, Neyt 1, Redondo 2). Technical foul — Forester, Dutton
JV result — North Bend won.
CRATER 76, SPRINGFIELD 51: At Springfield, senior guard Colton Vranes poured in 17 points to help Crater take command early and improve to 3-0 in Midwestern League play.
Going into the game, Crater’s focus was to start fast offensively and to lock in on defense early — both points of emphasis resulted in the Comets (11-1, 3-0 MWL) grabbing a 32-13 advantage at halftime.
Seniors Logan Price and Tate Broesder dropped in 12 points apiece for the Comets, who also received eight points from senior Caden Lasater.
The Millers dropped to 1-9 overall and 0-3 in MWL play.
CRATER (76): Acrey 4, Lasater 8, Vranes 17, Smith 3, L. Price 12, Idiart 6, Dutkiewicz 4, L. Higginson 2, Dahlin 5, B. Higginson 3, Broesder 12, Grant 0. Totals: 31 8-13 76.
SPRINGFIELD (51): Cano 0, Vega 8, Kapihe 7, Napier 7, Hill 8, Navarrete 8, Lemley 0, Colter 0, Peterson 0, Evans 4, Fuller 0, Tremarche 9. Totals: 21 5-6 51.
3-point goals — Crater 6 (Vranes 2, Idiart 2, Dahlin 1, B. Higginson 1), Springfield 4 (Vega 1, Napier 1, Hill 1, Tremarche 1). Technical foul — Springfield player.
JV result — Crater won.
MARIST 74, PHOENIX 60: At Merlin, Jackson Selden and Dylan Harper each scored 10 points to lead Phoenix but Marist used a 22-9 edge in the second quarter to gain command in the Sky-Em/Skyline Crossover contest at North Valley High.
The Pirates (4-7) knocked down 10 3-pointers but saw Marist senior Lucas Franssen convert five 3-pointers of his own en route to a game-high 25 points for the Spartans (6-4).
Miguel Valadez added eight points and Phoenix got seven apiece from Roman Stubbs and Julius Bolstad.
The Pirates return to action at 12 p.m. today against Cottage Grove.
PHOENIX (60): White 0, Brown 0, Monroe 4, Stubbs 7, Je. Selden 4, Ja. Selden 10, Valadez 8, Trenbeath 5, Crump 0, Harper 10, Talbott 5, Bolstad 7, Ponce 0. Totals: 21 8-16 60.
MARIST (74): Chase 0, Cary 8, Scott 4, Franssen 25, Mullens 5, Harbert 8, C. Tyner 12, Letourneau 4, Frey 2, P. Tyner 0, Rohman 6. Totals: 28 9-12 74.
3-point goals — Phoenix 10 (Ja. Selden 2, Harper 2, Stubbs 1, Je. Selden 1, Valdez 1, Trenbeath 1, Talbott 1, Bolstad 1), Marist 7 (Fransen 5, C. Tyner 2).
Mail Tribune sports editor Kris Henry contributed to this report.
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